Preston’s College men’s team got back to winning ways as they led from tip to buzzer in a 64-50 home victory over Leeds Tigers at home in National League Division Four.
Melkisidek Moreaux continued his hot form with 18 points and was backed up captain Daniel Miller on 13 and Anthony Stanhope with 11.
In an entertaining first quarter, Preston struggled to get into any kind of offensive rhythm yet managed to squeeze out a one-point lead at the end of the first period at 19-18.
Joel Ufele and Jonny Joseph did most of the damage inside the paint, with 15 points between them. The lead progressively increased as the first half came to an end with the home side in front 34-27.
Yet in the third quarter, they put the defensive clamps on the visitors by only allowing them seven points, by which time Preston had a commanding 47-34 lead.
The hosts maintained the pressure throughout the fourth and ran out comfortable winners.
“It was great to get back in the win column” said Preston head coach Malcolm Leak.
“We played much better defence than the week before against Newcastle.
“As the game progressed we ran Leeds into the ground and they couldn’t adjust to that intensity.”
Despite the win, Preston’s College remain in fifth position with 5-3 record but with a game in hand over fourth-placed Gateshead.
It was a great weekend personally for Moreaux, who had top-scored with 20 points in the Under-18s game the night before in a 69-48 victory against Sefton.
That win was their fourth in the league, with no losses as they prepare to take on Cheshire Panthers at home this Saturday.
Moreaux said: “I think that I started slow but picked it up later on in the game.
“I fought for the defensive and offensive rebounds.
“We’re doing all right as a team but we can still get a lot better with our execution.”
Preston take to the road next weekend as they prepare to face a Lancashire Spinners side who have lost four of the last five.
Said Leak: “We’ve got to get better defensively.
“When you wear that Preston’s College uniform you’ve got to give it your all and leave everything out there on the floor.
“We will go over our game plan this week in practice and be better prepared mentally as well as physically to face the Spinners.”
In other action the U18 outfit easily took care of Sefton winning 69-48.