This men’s basketball team is one to remember
The Westminster Dragons beat the West London Warriors 45-44 at the 2017 Varsity in Osterley. The team has now beaten the Warriors for three consecutive years.
Before the game started, Dragons’ coach Clive Castillo said that the key to win this game was “keep attacking strong and fend off the Warriors defence”. And they did just so.
The Dragons controlled the game well up until the fourth quarter, where the Warriors fought back in transition, scored four times under a minute and nailed a huge Steph-Curry-like three from half court at the buzzer. Still, it wasn’t enough. “It was heart breaking, the guys fought really hard”, said the Warriors coach Rudy.
The West London team, who haven’t won a game this season in the BUCS league, started the first period strong with a good passing game. Overall, their free throw game was consistent throughout and they played very good defence in the paint.
On the other hand, they allowed a large number of shots from beyond the arch, where the Dragons instead thrived all game long. That was the deciding factor in the end result.
Vlad Petrea and Atilla Öztuncay were absolute show attacking the basket. Teo Psychidis was excellent down the paint, especially at second chance shots. The whole Dragons squad played at a much faster tempo starting from the second quarter.
The Warriors put a lot of effort to comeback. They never gave up. Yet, Petrea’s steal at the end of the third followed by a score kept Westminster with a lead. In the fourth period the Dragons rebounding game improved and they kept scoring.
After winning five games in a row and ending the year with a positive record for the first in five years in the BUCS league, Westminster’s men basketball team collects another victory and proves to be a much better team this year.