BC Medelynas 70 v 90 Team Derby
NBL Division Four Men Playoff Final
Team Derby took home the Division Four Men's Playoff title after a commanding performance against BC Medelynas London. The Midlands’ champions led throughout in a composed performance, as Medelynas couldn't consistently get the stops they needed to slow down their opponents. Team Derby point guard Will Portlock was named Playoff Final MVP for his all-around performance as he filled up the box score; totalling 28 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
It was Team Derby who had the best of the opening quarter as Portlock made his mark on the game. The talented guard contributed 12 of Derby’s 24 points in the first frame, leading to a 24-15 advantage after one.
“I kinda just go out there and do my thing,” said Portlock. “I like the mid-range and I hit that early. That opened up the lane and I took what the defence was giving me.”
The early deficit sparked Medelynas into life and they looked much more fluent in the 2nd quarter. Algirdas Jaras (18 points, nine rebounds) began to grow into the game and was a major contributor as the score line began to close up. A Modestas Palauskas (11 points, three rebounds) layup as the half wound down brought the two sides within four points at 36-34, but further baskets from Portlock left the score on 34-41 at the main change.
“We watched Medelynas a few times and we knew how they’d play,” said Derby Coach Mark Woodhouse. “They were a physical team and knew what was coming but I’m really happy with how my guys played.”
Try as they might, Medelynas couldn’t find a way back into the game. With Portlock continuing to shine and guard Lukasz Siczek (28 points, six rebounds, two assists) beginning to find his range, Derby were able to move their lead out to a more comfortable margin. Niall Carson’s only points of the game came on back to back possessions as the shooter drained consecutive triples to get the Derby lead to 20 late in the 3rd.
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From there, it was a comfortable final quarter for the eventual winners. Medelynas managed to string some positive possessions together at both ends of the floor but their opponents proved too strong. Baskets from Dan Watts (12 points, six rebounds, 12 assists) and big man George Calvey (16 points, 12 rebounds) were more to seal the win for Derby and with it, the NBL Division Four Playoff title.
“Any championship is big. When you can win something its big,” said MVP Portlock after the game. “Not many people can win things, so this is a really big deal for us”