Mehdi Punjwani
Brunel University men’s basketball team failed to overcome University of East London, suffering a 25-point home defeat.

Though UEL put the first points on the scoreboard, some quick end-to-end play between both teams resulted in a high scoring series of opening exchanges.

The teams were shown to be closely matched at the end of the first quarter, with UEL narrowly poking in front by 26-21. However, over recent weeks UEL have proven themselves to be a dominant side, and this was more evident in the second quarter as the East London outfit opened up a 19 point lead over Brunel University, following a number of flowing attacks.

The highlight for the University of East London came at the end of the quarter, as an urgently executed build up that began with only three seconds on the clock culminated in UEL’s Smith scoring a two pointer from distance, sending even the inimical home crowd into disbelief.
The third quarter unfolded in much the same way, as the UEL team’s significant height advantage and their elaborate tactical play could not be contained by a struggling Brunel team, who at one point were ceding a thirty point deficit.

Brunel University’s Lartey attempted to spearhead a resurgent recovery, scoring nine points without reply from the East London University, including two three-pointers at the end of the quarter, bring the score back to 72-52.

Unfortunately, the home team could not capitalize on their gains, as a series of unexploited openings and clinical finishing on UEL’s part meant the comeback was thwarted.
In the end, UEL achieved a well-deserved 94-69 victory, keeping them first in the BUCS Basketball Premier South group on a points total of 27, having taken maximum points in all 9 games. Brunel University sit second on 21 points, having incurred their second loss of the season, still 6 points ahead of London South Bank in third.