Basketball: Derby Ducks vs Nottingham University
A superb performance from the Derby Ducks Jacob Wroe wasn’t enough to help his side avoid defeat against local rivals Nottingham University.
Wroe scored an impressive 17 points as his side were defeated 70-58, he was happy with his performance but believes that the effort of his team overall is much more important.
Wroe said: “Personally I think I played alright, probably the best playing time I’ve had all season, but it’s not an individual sport, if the teams showing up and doing well then individuals are going to show up and do well.
“We played really well as a unit, every game we’ve improved as a unit and as a team so I thought it was really good.
“What cost us the game today was mistakes, so missing shots and turning the ball so if we limit the amount of times we do that we should be able to go into the next game and hopefully get a win.”
The Ducks went into the third quarter with a 35-34 lead, but Nottingham began to pick up a lot of momentum in the third as they took a 12 point lead that in the end proved to much for Derby to get back.
Any loss is obviously difficult to take, but a loss to local rivals are some of the hardest losses in sport, however Derby’s coach Dan Watts felt that the loss was harder to take for him due to his link with Nottingham’s coach rather than the rivalry but believes that his side can still look back on this game and take some pride in what their performance.
Watts said: “It’s a little bit more difficult to take for me because I know Nottingham’s coach, Martin’s a really good coach and he’s coached those guys for a really long time, he’s got a good team.
“I always try and take a loss and make a positive out of it so that we can learn and so that we can get better.”
Phantom Man Of The Match: Jacob Wroe.
Written by Dom Hynes.