MATCH REPORTS: United knocked out of Cup

London met Worthing down on the South coast on Sunday in the 3rd round of the National cup in a match up of two of the more fancied teams in the EBL Division 1.

London started the brighter of the teams taking a 13-2 lead due to their inside presence of Damian Reid and Mantia Callender, however Worthing managed to pull the lead back by the 8th minute of the first quarter with Moore and Parillon working well.

The first quarter closed out with Worthing taking a slight advantage at 21-19.

The game kept changing leads throughout and was a thrilling encounter as Londonís Deppisch, Jagodka and Vear all had hot spells, whilst Worthing Gaylon Moore quietly went about his job scoring inside points and taking rebounds.

Mantia Callender paid special attention to Worthingís big man Knox and kept him down to 8 first half points although he managed to pick up three very dubious fouls by the half. Which ended 45-44 in Thunderís favour.

The second half was much the same with the lead changing hands throughout. Both teams threatened to pull away with big leads until the scoring abilities of Gayle and Moore for Worthing and Jagodka and Deppisch for London kept the game close.

With only 3 minutes remaining of the game the Worthing had a slender 4 point lead as Knox and Parillon made mid range shots and London then missed free throws. The lead was extended as Londonís Vear looked to make an impression, although his efforts did not register.

London were forced to foul to put Worthing on the line to try and bring the game closer with 1 and a half minutes remaining.

Jagodka hit 2 deep three pointers but there efforts were in vain as Worthing increased their lead through accurate free throw shooting.

The game ended 107-89 giving Worthing a quarter final place against London Capitals.

Top scorers were Jagodka 23, Vear 20 and Reid 17 for United and Moore 25, Gayle 18 and Knox 17 for Worthing.

United now travel to Teesside on Sunday 24th October to try to protect their unbeaten League record.

+ updated by on October 25, 2004

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