MATCH REPORTS: Double header victory's

London United maintained their winning record in the League to go 6-0 with a significant 28 point home win against Coventry Crusaders at Brunel University.

The weekend started on the road to Kingston Wildcats on Saturday night as United opened up a first quarter lead of 14 points due to Mantia Callenders inside work. Kingstons only legit centre Kam Sahely picked up 2 quick fouls as the London team worked the ball down low and had to be rested.

The second quarter was a much closer affair as Kingston shot the ball well through Martin and managed to find Sahely open inside, until he was given his marching orders for an overly physical foul on United's Pete Van Elswyk.
London Polish centre Sebastian Saloman started to find his touch and United traded baskets for much of the second quarter going in 14 points up at the half.

The third and fourth quarters went London's way as their significant height advantage and entire domination of the boards at both ends made life very difficult for Kingston.

Walid Mumuni stepped up and scored a number of fast break baskets from the hustle of the defence and again the spread of scoring was impressive as everyone on the roster scored apart from Steve Vear who played well distributing on the point.

London finished easy winners 88-105 adding another scalp to the winning run.

Mumuni 23, Callender, 19, Van Elswyk 15, saloman 9, Williams 9, Reid 6, Deppisch 5, Kubacki 5, Smith 4 and Vear 0.


Sundays home game started closely with Coventry looking a clever team with inside presence and the ability to shoot and it was initially American Troy Selvey who scored the inside points for Coventry to take them clear by 6 points. The scores were levelled by London's centre Sebastian Saloman with 7 straight points coming off the bench as London took a slender 1 point lead into the second quarter.

The scoring was opened with two long three's from Coventry's Dave Jones with a Mumuni reply from the arc,a s Peter Van Elswyk stepped up to score 6 points going to the hole giving United a 5 point half time lead at 41-36.

The intensity was picked up in the second half as Deppisch suddenly found his touch and nailed 2 big three's as London looked to have broken away with a 10 point lead and although Coventry went to the line on four consecutive plays they could not convert any more than four points as Rob Smith made them pay with another "Trey".

The Deppisch blue touch paper had been lit and he drained 4 more three's to the delight of the fans, he scored 23 second half points to spark London's offence as Coventry had no reply to the strength United have in depth.

Coventry's point guard Matt Collins played the whole game and must have been shattered with the constant pressure from Vear and Williams. Many teams this season will find the constant flow of quality players on the floor for London too much to handle over the course of a whole game.

The game ended a comfortable 99-71 for United with Deppisch nailing 23 second half points, backed up by Saloman with 15 and Mumuni with 12. Every single United player scored with 6 of the 11 players contributing over 9 points. We are working hard in practice every week on the defencive end and that is looking more solid as we get more games under our belts.

United's next game is against Leopards away at Brentwood next Sunday.



+ updated by on November 29, 2004

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