Dragons 85 vs Leeds Carnegie 100
Bradford Dragons succumbed to a 100-85 overtime loss against West Yorkshire rivals Leeds Carnegie on Saturday. An injury plagued Dragons side overcame an 18 point second-half deficit but ran out of steam during overtime.
Bradford now fall to 10 wins 5 losses but they retain third spot thanks to a cushion earned with the last victory.
The game opened relatively even with both sides seeming to be feeling the pressure of the big crowd and scale of the game. Long 3-pointers by Nathan Ashley and Dan Foley helped the home side win the first quarter 23-21.
Leeds began the second quarter with endeavor hitting the Dragons with a 13-4 run. Bradford's offence continued to dry up as Carnegie extended their lead and finished the half leading 31-45.
At the beginning of the second half Dragons looked to dent the lead. An impressive Carl Pearson took the fight to Leeds with consecutive drives to the basket as the Dragons slashed the Leeds lead to just five.
Bradford threw every ounce of energy at Leeds and their effort began to bare fruit. After a 3-pointer by talisman Dan Foley tied Dragons the game 73-73, capping an 18-point comeback.
Neither side grabbed the game in regulation so the match was sent into overtime 78-78. Dragon’s injuries began to affect the team as they struggled in overtime. Centre Chris McGrew and power forward Vance Silcott were both sitting out. This allowed Carnegie to dictate play inside the paint.
The game ended 105-85. Carl Pearson led Bradford with 26 points and Rowell Graham-Bell scored the same for Leeds
Images by kind permission David Enyori