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Posted Saturday, April 7th 2018

Kapoulas claims victory over India at Commonwealth Games

Andreas Kapoulas led Team England to their first victory at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, in a dominant 100-54 performance against India.

BOX SCORE

Five players finished in double figures for England, led by Adam Thoseby’s 20 points and five assists, as England improve to 1-1 in their Gold Cost campaign.

Bristol Flyers forward Daniel Edozie finished with two points, three rebounds and three assists in 14 minutes off the bench.


WHAT HAPPENED

Robert Gilchrist of the Worcester Wolves fed Shane Walker of the Leicester Riders inside to get the opening points on the board for Coach Kapoulas’ men.

Former Rider Jamell Anderson made an instant impact from the bench, knocking down the mid-range two, before picking off the steal and going coast-to-coast to dunk it home.

Anderson went a perfect 4/4 from the field on his way to ten first half points.

An 8-0 England run was completed with a running floater from Manchester Giants' Callum Jones, giving England their first lead of the game at 12-11.

Despite forcing 11 turnovers in the opening ten minutes, England only had a four point lead over India at the end of the first period, 19-15.

Anderson’s hot hand carried over into the second, before Kofi Josephs of the Glasgow Rocks knocked down the triple to give England a 25-17 lead.

England’s impressive first half performance continued with Jones finding Gilchrist in transition for the dunk, shorty followed by a Walker fadeaway and another Jones lay-up.
Daniel Edozie finished with two points, three rebounds and three assists in 14 minutes off the bench.

Coach K’s side held their opponents to just nine points in the second quarter, on 17% shooting from behind the three point line, with 13 of their 20 field goals coming from assists.

Having only led by four after the one, England had built a 22 point margin at the half, taking a comfortable lead into the locker room, 46-24. 

Orlan Jackman of the Cheshire Phoenix opened the second-half scoring with a triple, before Thoseby sunk a pair of threes of his own.

Jackman shortly followed with another steal and breakaway dunk, before stretching the lead to 36 points with a transition bucket, 62-26.

Thoseby drained another three-pointer on his way to 12 points in the third period - England were on the high side, 75-35 heading into the final ten minutes.

England picked up where they left off to start the fourth, Josephs dialled in from long range before Gilchrist finished strong around the hoop to push England ahead 84-46.

Josephs sunk his fourth three of the game to round out a dominant performance at the Commonwealth Games, 100-54.

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