The College of West Anglia basketball side has seen a very strong recruiting class come in for their freshman year with Liam Mullholland, Louie Mitchell, Callum Lake, Fin Holland and Saul Holland all set to play major roles.
With the return of Vytau Girzius, Luke Huggins, Adam Banham and Jordan Nyang there is plenty of talent in the squad.
Often though with freshmen they can be inconsistent, and this game was a great example of that in losing their season opener against Peterborough.
CWA took an early 8-3 lead behind nice offence from Girdzius (15 points) and Saul Holland but defensive errors by Holland in transition led to fouls which meant he would have to leave the game. As he top scored with 25 points, this mistake was costly.
In his absence Peterborough wrestled the momentum and took the lead, while a three from Girdzius on the half-time buzzer closed the lead to eight.
In the third the CWA side needed good defence, leadership, toughness and focus to battle back but instead players looked at each other and the sideline for instruction. Peterborough seized the opportunity to make a 14-3 run.
Huggins, who had been forced to the sidelines with a badly twisted ankle, asked to be reinserted and led from the front.
Down by 20 points, Huggins scored 12 of the side’s final 24 points as the CWA side clawed back to 55-61 and a final score of 61-71.
Bamfield said: “When we reviewed the game afterwards we found at least 40 points we had given away through basic defensive errors.”