Leighton Steam showed no holiday spirit as they powered past Shenley Scorpions 57-50.
Injuries had hit the Steam squad hard going into Christmas but this allowed the chance for debutants Harry Lowther, Robert Broome and Bobby Emery to gain valuable playing time against a quality outfit in the Scorpions.
Steam got off to a great start early hitting some deep three’s as they aimed to pull the MK team out of the paint. Strong starts on the perimeter from Olly Butcher and Marcin Bucki allowed the Steam to go up early.
Shenley continued to allow shooting from the outside and Tom Childs, Lewis Manu and Chris O’Donnell all got in on the act. Scorpions never let Steam get away and the gap between the teams stayed at only a couple of buckets throughout the game.
While Steam was not as settled in defence as they were against Thunder previously, the offence is where they shone.
Marcin Bucki led the scoring with 22 points followed by Tom Childs with 15. Olly Butcher also provided a genuine threat from deep with 9 points going 3 for 3 on three pointers.
Lewis Manu drove the basket well getting his first points for Steam with some classy looking finger roles.
While the point scoring takes all the headlines the dirty work still has to be done under the hoop. Ryan Peacock had 10+ rebounds and 2 steals but did run into foul trouble towards the end.
Harry, Bobby and Robert, who all played their first games for Steam did well, all scoring points and contributing solid minutes on the court.
Steam went on to win 57-50 against a good Shenley Scorpions side.
Next up, Steam travel to Bedford Thunder and will require another strong performance.
Steam train on Thursday nights at Vandyke School, and are always looking for new players, as well as table judges and referees. Email firstname.lastname@example.org