Hatchell is delighted as Marjon seal shield win in final minutes
Plymouth Marjon...81 Worcester Wolves II...71
MARJON produced a storming last-quarter rally overturning an 11-point deficit to reach the last eight of the EBL Shield.
The city side had trailed throughout the first three phases against a solid and athletic visiting Wolves side, who must have felt the tie was theirs for the taking after leading for so long.
But it will be coach Matt Hatchell's men who will travel to quarter-final rivals London Greenhouse Pioneers on December 9 in the national competition .
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Shane Hennessey top-scored for Marjon with 19 points, one more than Jamie Davies, with new boy Michael Czyneinik scoring 14 on his debut for Marjon.
Former player Hatchell was delighted his side's display and believes the quarters are the furthest Marjon have gone – at least in his time with the club.
Hatchell was pleased in particular with the players' never-say-die approach and is now looking forward to having a dab at breaking down Greenhouse in a few weeks' time.
He said: "It is a great result for us as we were behind pretty much all the way through the match.
"But until late on in the third when we went 11 behind to Worcester, the gap was never that wide.
"We lost the first by one point (15-14) and the second (19-17) by two more and the third by one again (25-26).
"The key then was us making change to the defensive formation to which Worcester did not have an answer.
"Then Jamie (Davies) bit back-to-back threes at the end of the third and at the beginning of the fourth, which sent us on the way.
"But the guys deserve their win as they never gave up and although Wolves are a good side and gave us problems, with a good crowd behind us in the hall, I never felt we were out of the tie."
Shield success, though, has presented a fixture pile-up in the league for Marjon, who had to postpone Sunday's home match with Solent and will have to do the same for next month's tie up with Oxford.
But Hatchell, whose side are at home to Ipswich on Sunday (tip-off 3pm), is not complaining.
"Yes, doing well in the Shield is giving us a few problems as far as fixtures are concerned, but it's a small price to pay," added Hatchell.