MATCH REPORTS: London United the real Capital

London United comprehensively won the battle of the North London derby against London Capitals at Brunel on Sunday to go 8-0 in the EBL Division 1 title race.

United won 98-79 with another impressive display infront of a good home crowd at Uxbridge without two of their injured stars Jacek Jagodga and Pete van Elswyk.

United started with all guns firing as Mumuni went to the basket and then Steve Vear hit a three. Mumuni then hit another 6 without reply as Capitals could not break down United's defence and only recorded 8 first quarter points to United's 20.

It was Pete Deppisch who found space in the wings to nail 3-2nd quarter three's as the United's inside-outside presence was to much for Capitals to handle. Damian Reid had pulled down over 10 rebounds in the first half and was unstoppable on the offensive boards, Sebastian Saloman and Mantia Callender were also massive on the boards and helped United dominate that part of the game as Capitals were restricted to shooting from distance to try to breakdown United.

United went in 46-29 up at the half with the game looking dead and buried.


There was no glimmer of a come back from Capitals as United started the second half with a 7-1 run as Deppisch then went on to score 3 successive long three's from some great unselfish point play from Junior Williams.

Having restricted Santa Attaha to only 2 first half points he eventually found a little space as United seemed to lose a little intensity and scored 5 more in the 3rd quarter eventhough United outscored capitals by 30-24 taking the score to 76-53.

The final quarter was very much a formality as Capitals threw up everything they could at the basket and drained 4 three's (3 from Attaha) as Steve Vear replied with 2 of his own with one from Junior Williams.

United ran out easy winners 98-79 with 6 players recording double figures with Deppisch and Vear scoring 18 each, Mumuni 17, Reid 14, Williams 11 and Callender 10.

Attaha scored 18 second half points totalling 20 with Aguara scoring 15 for Capitals.

That was United's last home game until after the New Year as they travel to Worthing Thunder next weekend in a crucial league re-match of the cup game that Worthing won back in October.


+ updated by on December 13, 2004

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