MATCH REPORTS: United 75 - Capitals 64

United stretched their unbeaten run to 4 games with a sound 11 point home victory in the National Trophy against local rivals London Capitals.

With the away leg to play, but not until December United's experience and better organisation got them through this potential banana skin.

Santa Ataha started the game with a quick fire 3 pointer, as United's Jacek Jagodka replied with his own "trey" from the corner.


United went on a run and led 15-5 as they forced the ball inside to Callender and Reid as Capitals struggled to match Uniteds inside physical presence although United were not finding the basket that easily at times as they missed shots they would normally make.


With a 19-13 1st quarter lead United continued to work the ball into the paint as Callender picked up some easy baskets eventhough Reid struggled to find his usual inside form.
Enter Pete Deppisch and surprisingly he "Air balled " his first long range shot, much to the amusement of the Capitals bench, however it wasn't long until he found his range and nailed the first of 5 three's in the game.

United finished the half up by 2 as Capitals rallied with some hard work on the boards at both ends of the floor and Jiven's and Ataha scoring most of the points.


The 3rd quarter saw baskets trade for much of the first 8 minutes with United maintaining a small lead until surprisingly Capitals captured their first lead of the game with Ibrahim Gariba scoring a put back, however that was short lived as Jagodka and Reid restored normality at the end of the period with United leading 47-45.


It was the 4th quarter that highlighted United experienced players as Mantia Callender took control in the paint with Peter van Elswyk and Junior Williams finding the passing lanes open to Pete Deppisch to drain 3 successive three pointers from the corner.

United were 12 up with 3 minutes remaining as Capitals tried in vain to come back, with every foul sending United to the free throw line, as Jagodka hit 3 of his 4 free throws.

United closed the game out winning by 11 having to rest next weekend with a break in fixtures heading for Solent Stars at home on the 14th November.


United scorers: Deppisch 19, Callender 14, Jagodka 12, Van Elswyk 8, Mumuni 8, Reid 6, Williams 5, Vear 3, Saloman 0 and Smith 0.


+ updated by on November 8, 2004

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