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Dumfries Academy Continue Its Strong Play At Home - Basketball

09 MAR 2018

On Thursday, February 1st, Dumfries Academy hosted the senior basketball team from Annan Academy in its second match of the regional campaign. After earning a road win against Wallace Hall the previous week, hopes were high to continue their good play against Annan.

The two teams met back in September in the group stage of the Scottish Cup where Dumfries Academy showed off their national experience and won comfortably. Since then, however, Annan have collected a lot of experience themselves and it was a more confident and capable side that stepped onto the court to face their regional rival.

Annan began by passing very effectively, possessing the basketball and gaining their fair share of offensive zone time. The DA defense proved too strong inside the key for most of Annan's close-range attempts, however, and by the end of the first half, Dumfries had profited on turnovers and held a sizeable lead. Annan tired to mix things up a little more in the third quarter and took more chances with outside shot but the Dumfries offense didn't relent enough to let them back into the game. When the buzzer sounded, the final score was 63-15 in favour of the home side.

Led by player of the match Chris Eriksen (S6) and including strong play by club captains Thomas Walter (S6) and Huw Williams (S6), this second senior win for DA has them feeling good about their upcoming schedule. Castle Douglas High School visits on Thursday, February 8th, with a Junior and Senior team. Like Annan, Castle Douglas has also benefitted from being part of the Scottish Cup this year and will certainly be up for the rematch. Following this, Dumfries will travel to Stranraer on February 15th for the first time for schools basketball.
The Dumfries side boasts a 7-1 record in competitive play this year. Its only loss came in the Scottish Cup Final 16 against Edinburgh’s Merchiston Castle School back in December 2017.


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