Aylesbury Dux win the Sara Nash Plate

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Aylesbury Dux Basketball Club’s men’s team won the Sara Nash Plate after edging to a 62-60 victory in a closely-fought final against a young Bedford Thunder side.

The Dux had come through two tough rounds to make it to the final and travelled to Oaklands College in St Albans to face Bedford, who currently sit top of Division Two in the Herts Basketball League.

The final began at full speed with both sides trying to implement their style of basketball but it was Bedford who took a slender one-point lead into the second quarter.

However, excellent defending from Aylesbury combined with attacking drives from Mantas Trinkauskas saw the Dux hit back in the next period to retake the lead at 23-21 and leave the match well-poised at half-time.

The message from coach Haj Bhania was to attack on offense and move the ball inside to use Aylesbury’s strength in size, and his team did just that in the second half as they managed to get a number of Bedford players in foul trouble as they extended their lead through some great inside scoring from Lee McCarthy.

However, Bedford came straight back to tie the quarter and set up an exciting finish.

With both teams battling hard for the win and only a few points separating the sides going into the dying minutes, clutch baskets from Jimmy Evans, Kyle Perry and the final basket of the game from Lee McCarthy saw Aylesbury edge home and claim a tense victory by just two points.

Top scorers for the game were McCarthy with 22 points and Trinkauskas with 15.

Aylesbury Dux men’s team train on Sundays from 6-8pm at Aylesbury High School. All new members and players are welcome. Visit www.aylesburydux.co.uk for details.