UEL mens basketball 4th team coach Dom Stevens was extremely pleased with the team performance.
HARD WORK PAYS OFF
“They’ve all worked really hard in practice, ” Stevens said. “They look to strengthen their strengths and improve on their weaknesses and so it’s something they’ve all been working on. As you could tell from the game today they had a lot of hustle, West London, obviously they didn’t get much of possession in our half which is all credit to our defence. We stopped the ball within the first eight seconds on a lot of their offences, so it’s a great performance.”
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DERBY
East London against West London is an important rivalry and to win the derby means everything for the team. As a basketball player, Stevens knows the impact that winning such a game can have on the team. He said: “It’s great to earn bragging rights. That East London-West London rivalry is always a big one. So it was great to have a crowd there today, even though they weren’t as noisy [as I’ve heard before]. But it’s definitely a great feeling to get one up on them at the start of the season.”
AN EXTRA PLAYER ON THE BENCH: THE CROWD
In the hardest games it is fundamental to have the support of the crowd cheering the team and supporting them regardless. It definitely played an important role against University of West London as Stevens claimed: “The crowd were a really big help today, to the team obviously, and the boys played well for them. It was great to have such a big crowd, especially to our men’s fourth team game so all credit to those who turned up to support today.”