Canary's flying start catches Marjon cold
MATT HATCHELL says a quick Canary Wharf start fatally caught Plymouth Marjon cold in Division Three South of the EBL.
Marjon were decisively outscored 43-23 in the first half in London and slipped to a first league defeat of the season.
A 17-point, 79-62 win improves Canary Wharf's record to 4-1 and lifts them into a three-way tie with Marjon and Ipswich for second spot in the division behind 4-0 leaders Hackney.
Marjon rallied well and controlled Saturday's third quarter 23-14 to cut the deficit to 11 points, 57-46.
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But Canary Wharf restored order in the fourth, which they took by six, 22-16 to rebuild their lead to 17 at the final buzzer.
Marjon coach Hatchell said: "They just came out the blocks flying and we weren't ready. They made shots and we didn't make ours."
Hatchell added: "Canary Wharf are a really physical, intimidating team and they've got great depth on their bench.
"Our juniors did really well but they're still not quite there at that level."
Point-guard Jamie Davies led Marjon with 26 points despite an ankle problem supported by 21 points from centre Shane Hennessey.
But guard Mark Gillbard was Marjon's third option on offence adding seven points, which said it all – Marjon lacked quality strength in depth against strong opponents.
Hatchell was without one starter, small-forward Dan Taylor (thigh) and veteran role player Dave Hickson (back).
"We gave as good as we got, because we knew what Canary Wharf's gameplan would be – ask anyone," said Hatchell.
"They try to dominate and intimidate you. We weren't intimidated, but Canary Wharf are so sharp and very quick.
"It was always going to be tough going there. We were without Dave Hickson and Dan Taylor.
"Jamie Davies has an ankle injury, but he still played and played well."
Hatchell added: "I think we were 25 points down at one point, but we got it down to as few as nine and showed a lot of character."
Marjon turn their attention to the last 16 of the National Shield and Worcester II's visit to UCP Marjon on Sunday (tip-off still TBC).
Marjon had been scheduled to entertain Solent in the league this Sunday (3pm), but that game has now been postponed.
Admission to Marjon home games is free this season.