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Joel Osborne

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Posted Sunday, April 8th 2018

Kapoulas leads England to the Gold Coast Qualifying Finals

Andreas Kapoulas has led Team England to the qualifying Finals at the Commonwealth Games after defeating Cameroon 81-54.

Kofi Josephs led the way for Coach Kapoualas’ side, scoring 26 points, on 7/11 shooting from behind the three point line.

Bristol Flyers forward Daniel Edozie played in 12 minutes off the bench, scoring eight points to go along with four rebounds.

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WHAT HAPPENED

Rob Gilchrist opened the scoring for England with an excellent baseline drive, before Shane Walker followed up with five straight points to tie the score at seven points apiece.

A pair of unsportsmanlike fouls on Cameroon’s Yannick Seulle saw him ejected from the game just five minutes into the opening period.

Edozie was introduced to the game shortly after and made an instant impact off the bench, gathering in the offensive rebound and finishing strong to put England up 17-9 with two minutes left in the opening period.

Jamell Anderson extended England’s lead to ten from the free throw line, before a quick 5-0 run from Cameroon halved England’s lead at the end of the first period, 20-15.
Daniel Edozie had eight points and four rebounds off the bench
A triple from Cameroon briefly narrowed England’s lead to just two points before Kofi Josephs dialled in from deep with three straight threes to extend England’s lead to 31-24.

Josephs provided a real spark off the bench for Coach Kapoulas’ side - all ten of his first half points coming in the second period alone.

Cameroon’s free throw trouble for the tournament continued, shooting just 38% in the opening half compared to England's 63%.

Walker finished the beautiful hook shot to put England ahead 36-31 with two minutes left in the half, the Leicester Riders forward had nine first half points to go along with five rebounds.

At the end of the second period, it was England with a six point lead heading into the break, 37-31.

Adam Thoseby opened the second half with nine points in two minutes to give England a double digit lead at 46-34.
Coach Kapoulas’ side held Cameroon to just three points in the opening five minutes of the third, with England’s lead stretching out to 54-34.

Edozie returned to the game to free up Josephs for another long-range bomb, before knocking down a pair of free throws to protect England’s 20 point cushion.

Josephs sunk his fifth three of the game as the scoreboard read 66-45 in England’s favour with ten minutes to play.

Having completed an astonishing comeback in their opening game against India, Cameroon were unable to do the same against England. Despite holding England to just two points in the opening five minutes of the fourth, Cameroon had only scored two points of their own.

With both Shane Walker and Mike Tuck in foul trouble for England, Edozie played extended minutes in the final period, getting fouled on a dunk attempt and going on to sink both free throws.

Josephs drained his sixth and seventh three of the game to ultimately put the game to bed - final score 81-54.

Coach K’s men will join Mike Vigor’s Scotland squad in the qualifying finals to be played on Tuesday, April 10th.

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