Promotion delight for men’s basketball 1sts

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Unbeaten Swansea University secured promotion to the Bucs Western Division 1A with victory over Aberystwyth, ending a five year absence from the top flight.

Swansea narrowly missed out on promotion last season but captain Daniel Buttifant is relieved to have gone the distance this time.

“It means so much to have led the side to this promotion,” he said.

“We have been working and training towards this for the last three years.

“It feels so good to have finally got there. Last year we only lost one match in our Bucs campaign which was enough to prevent us from getting promoted.

“It shows how competitive and hard the league has been in recent seasons.”

Buttifant paid tribute to coach Bryan Culliford who he said has been a contributing factor in their rise to success.

“I think we definitely owe a lot of credit to our coach,” added Buttifant.

“He has done a great job coaching us for the past three years.

“We heavily focus on shooting in training as well as our fitness.”

But Buttifant pointed to the team’s bond as the key to their success.

He added: “Ultimately, I think the key reason to our success this season has been our team chemistry.

“As a unit we all get on really well on and off the court.”

And that unity helped Swansea lead from the start of the match against Aberystwyth.

The first two quarters saw Swansea extend their lead gradually as the clock ticked by.

The score at the break was 39-21.

The third quarter was the closest in the match, with Swansea and Aberystwyth trading shots.

In the seventh minute of the third, Swansea’s Daniel Strange was blocked off by the frame of Adam Kennedy and landed hard.

Luckily Strange managed to get back to his feet and returned to action in the fourth.

Aberystwyth finished the third quarter on top with three quick baskets.

The final quarter was an exciting all out attacking affair.

Strong defensive blocks from Henry Sondo and Ajing Jipur rallied Swansea for the final push.

The home team held on to take the match 71-50 and secure the league.

Captain Buttifant led from the front throughout and scored five spectacular three-pointers.

Virginijus Sinkevicius was the main threat for Aberystwyth throughout the game with his clinical free throwing, hitting eight out of twelve thrown.

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