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By Nikos Silikas
MABL Division 2 Champions!
"Veni Vidi Vici"
The 2,000 years old phrase can laconically summarize our first season in Division 2. The team proved to be very strong for this Division and if there were NBA type awards then it could quite easily win the best coach, MVP, best sixth player, best defender etc. The depth and quality of the squad was evident and won the league pretty much unopposed.
The last game of the season was a mere formality. Stockport started the game very strong and in the first 7 minutes had a run of 21-2 that set the tone and pace of the game. The first quarter finished with 28-4 for Stockport.
The second quarter was more balanced and the two teams were happy to exchange baskets. The quarter finished 17-12 for Stockport that was leading at half time by 45-16.
The third quarter resembled the first. Stockport had another good run of 14-2 winning the quarter convincingly by 23-8. The last quarter had the final run of 18-3 making the score for the quarter 25-12 and the final score 93-36.
This was a very balanced game for Stockport. The team scored 45 points in the first half and 48 in the second. Top scoring was evenly balanced between the inspirational Brooksy and Super ‘K’ Mr 23 with 24 points each. Alex and Noel followed with 11 and 10 respectively as a balanced pair. Stockport had 12 3-pointers scored by 5 different players. The team also had a respectable 82% from the free-throw line, overall treating the faithful funs to a feast of attractive intelligent basketball.
The last game of the season was followed by a celebratory curry dinner with the appropriate consumption of beer.
After dominating the Division, the team is looking to enjoy the play-offs and have a bit of fun. And as sign of fair play the Coach magnanimously decided not to join the play-offs to give the teams a sporting advantage!