Gladiators vs Bulldogs

GLADIATORS MOVE ONE STEP CLOSER - Posted on March 19th, 2014

The Colchester Gladiators Basketball team improved their record to 17-0 with a strong performance against the visiting Bury Bulldogs.

Unlike last week’s game when the Gladiators had to overcome a 16 point deficit against the division’s bottom team, a strong first quarter gave them a comfortable lead that they never looked like relinquishing and they are now just one game away from completing an unbeaten league campaign.

The Bulldogs opened the scoring and soon had a 6-2 lead but that was as good as it got for the visitors. Dan Vilkys and Nate Syrett drew the Gladiators level before Syrett’s three gave them the lead.

The Bulldogs had come to play however and a three from Smith tied the score at nine before a 7-0 run gave Bury a 16-13 lead. However the Gladiators responded with a run of their own, outscoring the Bulldogs 14-0 and with Syrett on form scoring 11 points, and with ten from Vilkys, the Gladiators built a useful lead at the end of the first period.

A low scoring second quarter saw the Bulldogs cut in to the Gladiators’ lead with Bury’s White almost single handedly dragging his team back into the game, scoring 17 of his team’s 18 points. Vilkys added eight to his personal tally and Syrett knocked in another three to lead 46-32 but five straight points from White closed the gap to nine at half time.

White continued where he left off in the third period, sinking a three and the Bulldogs scored the quarter’s first five points to narrow the gap further. With just a free throw from Syrett, Bury were trailing by just three at 47-44 before the Gladiators rediscovered their rhythm and with Stuart Stearns and Richard Ese taking over, re-established a healthy 12 point lead going in to the final quarter.

Vilkys took over the final quarter despite struggling with an ankle injury and with support from Zidrunas Valancius, increased the lead to 20. Rhett Burton closed out the Gladiators’ scoring to complete an ultimately comfortable win. Vilkys finished the game with 36 points and leads the league in points per game with one match to go, and Syrett and Ese finished with 18 and 17 respectively.

The final league game will be at Colchester Academy Sports Centre against Leiston Lynx but the Gladiators may have to play without their leading scorer Vilkys due to his ankle injury. They will then play a Suffolk Cup quarter final match against Lithuania Utd who currently top Division One, at Northgate Sports Centre, Ipswich.

League Table:

Suffolk Senior League Division Two

P

W

L

PF

PA

Diff

%

Colchester Gladiators

17

  17

0

 1259

918

+341

1.000
Deben Jutes

16

11

5

970

846

+124

0.688
Anglia Nomads

17

8

9

1163

1162

+1

0.471
Leiston Lynx

15

  6

9

883

877

+6

0.400
Bury Bulldogs II

15

6

9

877

1039

-162

0.400
Colchester Cobras

13

4

9

721

845

-124

0.308
Forest Heath Harriers

15

2

13

798

984

-186

0.133

 

The Gladiators ladies basketball team continues to train at Colchester Academy Sports Centre on Wednesdays at 7pm and they are always on the look out for more players as they look to join the Essex League in September.

Full details can be found through the Gladiators’ website at www.colchestergladiators.com or email basketball@colchestergladiators.org.uk.

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