Due to the upcoming holiday season, BAROS H2 had to miss coach Stefan and some of the players in its last game of the year against Waterdragers. Therefore Juliën and Matthijs took over the lead in this game. As Waterdragers was short on players, the improvised coaching duo wanted to rely on a strong three-quarter press defense and a quick passing game.

BAROS had some trouble figuring out the zone defense in the beginning of the game. Still, Sjoerd gave BAROS a quick 8-2 lead by hitting two threes in a row. Unfortunately, he could not make it through most of the game, due to a broken rib he has been playing with for over a week. After the though start, BAROS found the weaknesses of the zone defense with decent executed overload offenses. However, on the other side BAROS lacked on defense and gave up open layups, making the score 19-14 in favour of BAROS.

At the beginning of the second quarter the sixth player of Waterdragers arrived. Meanwhile, BAROS agreed to break the defense by running more fast breaks. Also, the team had to focus more on defense. Indeed, BAROS came out strong, allowing no points for Waterdragers, extending the lead to 27-14 half way the quarter. At the end of the quarter Waterdragers had a good run of 6 points, resulting in a 38-22 half time score.

BAROS continued its strong performance the second half and Waterdragers became visibly upset as it lost its control over the game. Especially the refs had to pay for this, involving in endless discussions with the opposing coach. Also, the players showed their irritation. At the end of the quarter, one of the guards of Waterdragers pushed Owen to the floor and threw a ball right at him. After restoring the peace, the game could continue. BAROS got to the line more, with nine free throws in the quarter compared to three in the entire first half. With a high free throw percentage today these attempts were also actually converted into points.
Sammy facilitated a quick start in the fourth quarter with two threes and after Peter made his first bucket of the game, all players of BAROS were on the score sheet. Not much later BAROS had doubled the score of Waterdragers 70-35. BAROS took its foot of the gas a little and Waterdragers made some impressive scores to end the game in a 79-45 victory for BAROS.

With 7 wins and 2 losses BAROS H2 is now second in the league, one win behind Jump ’80. H2 has displayed very nice basketball at times, but there is no room for error after the winter break if the team wants to catch up with Jump ’80.

Leading scores:
Sammy (20), Juliën (17)