Samuel Kpanie is becoming a household name among fans of LPRC Oilers. This time he was joined by long time team mate and one of the veteran for the Oil Boys Jethro Bing in order to put away Bushrod Bulls.
This was a long awaited rematch after the previous was cancelled due to rowdy crowd. As was reported earlier back, unprovoked fans invaded the playing surface of the match between LPRC Oilers and Bushrod Bulls after star player for the Bulls, Carlos Marshall got injured during a rebound between him and an opponent.
The incident didn’t go down well with some of the fans who thought then that it was an intentional foul. They began to throw missiles unto the court which lead officials to call off the game in order to secure calm and peace.
LPRC Oilers under new coach, Ben Dickson and his assistant, Coach Potter of Raiders (D2), seem to have been better prepare for the Bushrod Bulls full court press. They settled into a a 1-4 from their half and used the passing game to breakdown the Bulls press. This lead to an early timeout from Coach Erik Cooper of Bushrod Bulls in order to make some tweaks to his players rotation.
Jethro Bing started aggressively for the Oil Boys, scoring quick points in the Q1. J. Bing had 15PTS for the night shooting 6/12 from the field while making 3/5 from the free throw line.
Alfred Doe who had a monster game previous to this match-up was also putting his stamp on the match by scoring seven (7) points of his own in the first quarter. The only other person to score for the Bulls in the first quarter was C. Marshall who had a field goal midway in the quarter. It would be his only field goal for the game.
Alfred Doe lead his team mates scoring 14PTS. He shot 41.7% from the field, making 5/12 attempts. He was also four (4) of eight (8) from the charity stripe.
Both teams close the first quarter with a low score margin, 10-9 in favor of LPRC Oilers.
Samuel Kpanie picked up in the Q2 and didn’t look back again. His aggressiveness was the spark his team needed. Samuel Kpanie settled in for drives in the lane this time around and did not attempt much three pointers. Samuel Kpanie stats for the night was an astonishing 28PTS! He made 11 of 13 attempts from the field. Samuel Kpanie was also three (3) of five (5) from free throws.
A. Tealeh of Bushrod Bulls kept his side in contention in the second quarter, scoring six (6) of his nine (9) points. It was not enough as Oilers took the second half easily, 22-14.
It was one of the lowest scoring quarter for LPRC Oilers and Bushrod Bulls, but one could understand that both teams had to be careful with the ball as both were by now pressing each other, Bulls full court while Oilers half court.
Surprisingly to many fans, C. Marshall was not introduce back into the game from Q3. Liberiabasketball.com later learnt that it was not a matter of injury but rather it was the coach’s decision for disciplinary reason.
With the absence of a rebounding and shot blocking presence in the paint for the Bulls, LPRC Oilers had a green light to attack and that was exactly what they did in Q3. Oilers scored 20PTS compare to B. Bulls 11PTS in that quarter.
The same in the final quarter as LPRC Oilers yet again score twenty plus, this time closing the quarter 24-18.
Bushrod Bulls did try to put up a run but that wan not enough or they didn’t have much going for the other players to step up. Point Guard Austin Coleman did have some brilliant moment, hitting a long three pointer and couple of jumpers and free-throws, but he needed that extra help which was not coming tonight.