Newcastle & Essex Take Home BUCS Champs Titles

Wednesday saw Team Newcastle take down Durham in a tightly contested matchup which ended 79-74. 

The victory saw Newcastle claim their first ever BUCS title in the university's basketball history. Their team was lead in scoring by Ronald Blain who finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. David Moya was named as Newcastle's MVP as he finished with a near triple-double; 14 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. 

"We had a huge defensive third quarter and John Cork provided a giant spark off the bench," said Newcastle Head Coach Mark Elderkin, per Hoopsfix. "It's our first team ever winning the BUCS Championship and it's something we will remember forever." 

On the women's side, it was team Essex against Durham in another tightly contested fixture. 

The two sides battled it out but were unable to separate themselves through 4 quarters, so the game went to OT. The fifth period would ultimately be the deciding one and Essex came out on top, defeating the Palentines 73-67, claiming their first ever BUCS Championship title. 

Andrea Kohlhaas finished as the MVP, finishing with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists to lead Essex to their title. 

“I am so proud of these players to go undefeated and bring back a BUCS National Championship for the University is an amazing accomplishment,” Essex coach Tom Sadler told Hoopsfix. “We’ve worked so hard the past few years and to see that hard work pay off with a national title is a great feeling."