Preston fail to pull off a Giant-killing

Jonny Joseph of Preston's College tries to get a shot off over a trio of Myerscough College Giants players

Jonny Joseph of Preston's College tries to get a shot off over a trio of Myerscough College Giants players

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Preston’s College men’s basketball team played their first home game of the new National League Division Four season against undefeated Myerscough College Giants.

But came away empty handed, going down 69-56 at Preston’s College Sports Centre.

Kyle Carey was leading scorer with 14 points and was ably supported by Daniel Miller with 12 and Jonny Joseph with nine.

Both teams traded baskets early on, before Preston exerted their presence underneath the basket and wound up with a healthy eight-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

Some sloppy play in the second quarter saw the visitors outscore the hosts 20-9 and Myerscough ended the half leading by three, 28-25.

The team now sit fifth in the table.

A similar trend continued in the third and fourth quarters as Myerscough found their rhythm and built enough of a cushion to thwart any serious Preston comeback.

“It was a lively match up,” said Preston coach Malcolm Leak.

“The first quarter was a close affair but we executed well and built up a lead.

“All credit to Myerscough as we couldn’t handle the runs they put together. They didn’t get rattled and kept their composure.”

For Preston’s College it will be back to the drawing board, having opened up their inaugural campaign in Division Four with an away loss, before winning the next two also on the road.

Leak said: “We just need to focus on our team, and our brand of basketball.

“We have a great chance of winning this division but just need to keep our composure and grind out wins.”

Preston are at home on Sunday against winless Sefton Stars. Tip-off is at 1pm at Preston’s College Sport Centre.