In light of his phenomenal success, SuperGrad brings you an insight to Worcester University’s Will Creekmore Basketball Player of the Final, on the night he helped his team secure the Championship title against the notorious Loughborough University Riders.
The strong Worcester side produced an imperious display to oust their Midlands rivals Loughborugh 96-90 in a gripping Men’s Basketball Championship Final.
Worcester – inspired by Will Creekmore Basketball Player of the Final – led for long periods of the game and stifled their opponents attacking flair in the form of former GB players Conner Washington and Jemell Anderson. “It feels good to win BUCS, any championship is a good one to have and I’m really happy for some of these younger guys” said Creekmore, after the final whistle blew.
After a slow start, it began ‘raining threes’ as both sides struck from distance, two from Worcester helping them to a 13-9 lead, before a leaping interception from Anderson pulled it back to 13-11.
Worcester were in control, opening up a ten point lead with seconds to go in the first quarter, before two Maynard free throws kept Loughborough in touch at 23-15.
Worcester opened up an 11 point lead at the halfway point of the second quarter, before an incredible slam dunk from Anderson set the crowd alight and reduced their arrears to 42-33 at half time.
Loughborough clearly had a flea in their ear at the break as they came out all guns blazing at the start of the third, pulling back to within one point with the help of two three pointers.
This spurred Worcester into life again, extending their lead to 15 points at 61-46, before both sides went into overdrive in the final minute – including a Maynard three pointer on the buzzer – the leave things precariously balanced at 67-57 with one quarter to go.
Loughborough knew they had to up their game, doing so in the form of two more three point shots, but Worcester kept on going, Creekmore taking his tally to 21 points with some incredible rebound work to make it 76-70.
Time outs from both sides interrupted the fast flowing nature, with Worcester holding a slender five point advantage with 54 seconds on the clock. “They played well tonight, stepped up and played some good shots” stated Creekmore humbly adding, “I played alright but honestly I wasn’t expecting it, some of the other guys played some great shots but, I’ll take it!” with a grin on his face, justifiably so- the side held on as two free throws in the final five seconds from Creekmore took his tally to 26 for the game, and saw his team home for a memorable victory.
Interview by Tom Crabb – @Tom_Crabb
Photo by Alex Crane