November 15, 2019

Swindon Shock eye derby delight against rivals Oxford

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Swindon Shock will look to extend their winning start to the season on Saturday when they host league leaders Oxford Brookes University.

Oxford come to town on the back of three straight wins while Swindon also boast a 100 per cent record having won their opening two games in National League Division Three South West.

Swindon go into Saturday’s match off the back of superb victory at Bognor Pirates after they bounced back from behind to grab a 69-64 win.

Player-coach David Colclough praised his side for showing the character to bounce back late and secure victory.

“That was a good team we played against with an ex Division One seven-footer who could shoot the three”, said Colclough.

“They caused us some match up problems and we were smart to switch up our defences throughout the game.”

Swindon Shock enjoyed a nine-point lead at at half-time but hosts Bognor bounced back in the third, winning it 25-14.

Trailing by two going into the final quarter, Swindon hit back with Simon Kearney shooting well and Yakin Chowdry going on an 8-0 run to ensure Shock regained the lead.

It was a lead that Shock didn’t relinquish as they surged to a five-point success with Mark James sealing the game with three timely offensive plays.

Colclough added: “I knew we could run our devils offence because they had to spend so much energy coming back and they had to play the big guy the whole fourth quarter.

“As a coach you want to get everyone in the game and we have a big guy of our own who is picking up the game in a hurry, but our other big guy who has been sick all week with the flu Mayowa Obamakin, came out blazing offensively and defensively and I had to reward him late in the game as he was defending well.”

Mark James added: “I wanted to use my speed to get to the basket. We said before the game let’s just win at all cost, we know we are shorthanded with guys missing, it could be an ugly win or a blowout, but what ever we do, let’s just win, and we did that.”

Swindon Shock’s home game against Oxford Brookes on Saturday starts at 2pm at Oakfield Campus, Marlowe Avenue.

Picture credit: JS Sport Photography

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