Mumbai Challengers impose their will dropping 140 on Delhi Capitals
Chennai, 17th February 2017: Delhi capitals took on the Mumbai Challengers for the second game of the Friday doubleheader. Delhi featured one of India's strongest talents making his UBA debut in Amjyot Singh Gill. Having played professionally in Japan, Amjyot brings a polished post presence to his team. They also star Ronald March from USA, who was 6th in scoring in NAIA at US College. Rounding up the starting lineup were Anil, MuinBek and Ajay Pratap.
Of all the players from USA making their debut, Mumbai featured the most experienced presence in Alex Scales, who's played briefly for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA and has been playing professionally since 2000. He was joined in the starting lineup by Canadian college player of the year Inderbir Gill, Jimmy Scroggins, Nikhil Kumar and Jagdeep Singh.
Amjyot Singh and Ronald March got off the mark early, finding the back of the net to set the tone. Alex Scales made his presence known as well with a couple of quick buckets. Jimmy Scroggins converted a pretty fadeaway to get his name in the scoring column. While Amjyot stuffed the box score, he also picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter.
Scales drove in and pulled up for a beautiful midrange jumper hitting nothing but net and his teammate Inderbir Gill showed his professional experience with nifty drives to the rim. The end of the first quarter saw Mumbai leading Delhi 31-29.
In the second, Amjyot Singh was on the floor with three fouls, showing his coach's confidence in his poise. Scales picked up where he had left off in the first quarter by sinking a three to open the second. Inderbir had a deceptive no-look pass to Scroggins for a lay-in, establishing one of the most potent backcourts in the UBA. The duo connected again and again on multiple forays to the rim. Ronald Marsh glided for what seemed like forever, sending two defenders floating away before converting inside. Jagdeep had a couple of clean blocks, leading to a bucket the other way.
Mumbai quickly established that Jagdeep, Inderbir, Alex and Jimmy make up one of the most dangerous combinations in the open floor. Delhi had to put Amjyot in and he patched the damage by racking up seven quick points. He's a big man who can stretch the floor and go coast to coast in a couple of dribbles. Alex Scales put the punctuation mark on an incredible half with a buzzer beating step back jumper to put Mumbai up 71-53 at the half.
The third quarter saw Delhi battling frantically to chip away at the lead without Amjyot on the floor, but Mumbai were able to maintain a comfortable cushion. Ronald March put the pressure on Mumbai but Alex's authoritative dunk halted their momentum. The lead hovered near 20 points for Mumbai as they broke the 100 point barrier in the third quarter on Inderbil's layup as Mumbai pushed the lead to 101-79 with 1 minute left in the third quarter.
Alex started off the fourth quarter launching a three, and he was walking back before it even swished in. He went to the bench with 9 minutes left, having totalled 38 points already. March connected from downtown but the lead had ballooned to 119-91. Nikhil Kumar's hustle won him many fans this night as well. Inderbil gill amassed 12 assists with 11 points. The crowd were treated to a number of explosive dunks in this contest. Amjyot swished in a pair of threes but the lead had grown to 135-112. The lead proved to be insurmountable as the Mumbai Challengers defeated the Delhi Capitals 140-121 in the first blowout of UBA Season 4.
Player of the Game: Alex Scales (International), Jagdeep Singh (India)
Mumbai Challengers (Alex Scales 38, Jimmy Scroggins 29, Nikhil Kumar 20) bt Delhi Capitals (Amjyot Singh Gill 40, Ronald March 37, Anil 13)