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BASKETBALL: Derby joy for Bury Blue Devils in season opener
9:00am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
BURY Blue Devils got their first season back in the Manchester Basketball League Championship off to the perfect start with an 81-66 victory at local rivals Bolton.
Phil Stainton, son of club chairman John Stainton, was a constant thorn in Bolton’s side contributing a haul of 32 points to the overall tally.
But it was a promising team display in what was expected to be a challenging opener.
In fact, Bolton led 21-20 after the opening quarter, but the Blue Devils edged in front 39-33 after the second and never looked back after extending their lead to 10 points going into the final quarter.
And Bolton coach Suneet Patel was quick to praise their local rivals after the match.
He said: “It was a tough match being a local derby as there was a lot of rivalry between the two sides. It was a disappointing loss for us but an excellent victory for the Bury side who played extremely well throughout.
“They look to be a very cohesive team that seemed to grow in confidence as the game went on.”
The men’s senior team entertain Tameside in their first home game of the season at Holy Cross College tomorrow night, tip-off 7.45pm.
The Blue Devils’ ladies team endured mixed fortunes in their opening two matches of the season.
They went down 90-75 at home to Leeds Carnegie – formed following the merger of relegated Leeds and Division Two champions Bradford – in the league, but bounced back to beat Sefton Starlights 68-58 in the Women’s National Trophy.
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