Shock test the league leaders Oxford

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Swindon Shock came close to upsetting league leaders Oxford Brookes University on Saturday, eventually slipping to a 79-70 defeat.

Oxford Brookes arrived at Swindon Academy on a nine-match winning run but Swindon Shock were undaunted by the challenge having almost beaten the leaders earlier in the season.

Unfortunately a slow start ultimately cost Shock dear as Oxford scored straight from the tip-off and amassed nine points without reply to get a stranglehold in the top of the table clash.

Swindon were missing key players but rallied to cut Oxford’s lead going into the second quarter to just three points. However, Oxford showed their offensive power in the second quarter as they increased their lead to 15 points at half-time.

Shock tightened up in the third quarter, forcing Oxford to lose their discipline, but despite their improved performance Swindon went into the final quarter trailing by 20 points.

Tactical changes paid dividends in the final quarter as Swindon started eating into Oxford’s huge lead. The clock was always going to be against Shock because of their slow start but by the time the buzzer sounded the Swindon side had fantastically reduced the deficit to just nine points.

Swindon Shock now turn their attentions to maintaining second place in EBL National Division Four when they travel to Cardiff next Saturday.

Watch YourSportSwindon’s video above from the match including interviews with coach Alex James and club founder/coach David Colclough.