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Royals shoot down Eagles

PUBLISHED: 14:35 06 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:04 05 October 2010

Basketball EAST London Royals swept aside the challenge of Eastside Eagles in their first round play-off with an excellent display which left coach Humphrey Long purring with delight. With opposite number, Walthamstow-based Eagles coach David Lavinier, a

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EAST London Royals swept aside the challenge of Eastside Eagles in their first round play-off with an excellent display which left coach Humphrey Long purring with delight.

With opposite number, Walthamstow-based Eagles coach David Lavinier, a former Royals player himself, there was a friendly rivalry which made victory even more important, and Humphrey's boys did not let him down, racing into a 34-11 lead after the first quarter.

Royals continued to pile on the pressure and ran out winners by 110-42.

Humphrey said: "It really was an excellent display by the boys - we played at a very high tempo and they could not match us."

Teddy Okoreafor top scored with 26 points, many of them from distance, while Dwayne Allen hit 18, the rapidly maturing Michael Akinola got 17, Sam Odejimi got 14 and Yemi Oleasebikan got 11.

The under-16s maintained their hopes of scraping into the play-offs by winning their double-header with Plymouth Raiders, with one game played on the Saturday and one on the Sunday.

Slow-starting Royals trailed 18-20 after the first quarter, but gradually gained a foothold to lead 41-35 at half time. Two closely contested quarters followed and they eventually triumphed 75-68.

Uyiosa Adifade grabbed 21 points, Jordan Velinor hit 20, while Deji Oladineji and Alex Coates helped themselves to 10 apiece.

In the second match, Royals again started slowly, but nevertheless went on to record another win, 76-59.

Akinola, temporarily promoted from the under-15s, grabbed his chance, scoring 21 points, while Adifade notched 16, Velinor added 14 and Okoreafor and Coates scored 10 apiece.

Unfortunately for Royals, Worthing's unexpected victory over Hackney on Saturday means they are currently five points off fourth place and a play-off spot.

Humphrey said: "We have to beat Haringey and Solent to qualify. It will be tough but we can do it.

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