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Nov 23, 2010, 2:40 pm

Bristol 57 Exeter Eagles 50.

Wow it does not get any easier. Exeter Eagles Women are finding the going tough in the Ladies National league. They are finding that most of the teams they play are of equal playing ability but far more experienced than the young Exeter Side. ‘We have some excellent players’ Coach Henman said, ‘but at this level that just does not cut it! Experience is everything and we have to learn the hard way. We are getting closer and closer but we need to find a way to win’.

At the end of the first Qtr. They found themselves 20-9 down and spent the rest of the game clawing their way back. ‘If you gives sides like this with two quality foreign players one of which is an American NCAA DIV 1 player and last year’s league MVP then you are going to struggle’.

But on the positive side Bristol had their starting 5 on in the last QTR and Eagles outscored them 20-11. Rachel Hopkins played her best game so far with many steals and 8 points in the land of the giants. Bec Short hit 17 and Maria Sevchenko had 13pts. Poppy Whewell is still fighting under the basket and Georgina Paul and Emily Dunn are punching well above their weight.

Birmingham A’s next weekend who came down from the 1st Division last season.....It just keeps getting tougher!!


3 is the magic number for Hall!
Nov 21, 2010, 4:13 pm

Broadclyst Bandits took on old rivals Exeter Nomads for the second time this season in a fixture which has traditionally been a close affair. Both teams scored freely for the first few minutes from inside as no one seemed to have brought their defensive head to the court. This soon led to the Bandits inside men of Shannon and Watts getting into early foul trouble as they tried to rectify this. At the end of the 1st quarter the home side held a slender 2 point advantage 20 - 18. The second half saw the bench players from both teams shine. Nomads' Nosrati took early advantage of some poor Broadclyst decision making to score 8 unanswered points. Broadclyst were still looking shaky and unable to score until Barney Hall stepped onto the court and took control hitting 3 of 3 from 3 point range when the rest of the bandits were starting to struggle. The half finished with Broadclyst still holding a two point lead 39 - 37.

The third quarter remained an exciting and close affair with both teams scoring well and Nomads closed the gap to 1 point to set up what should have been an exciting last quarter. Broadclyst had other ideas and finally switched on defensively and started to shut down the Nomads offence whilst still managing to score themselves despite some poor shot selection. With 1.30 left on the clock and a 9 point lead to Broadclyst, the Nomads looked to stop the clock by whatever means necessary in order to send Broadclyst to the line, however this worked against them as the home side extended their lead scoring 7/12 free throws to see out the game. 

Final score Broadclyst Bandits 86 Exeter Nomads 73


Mixed Bag For Otters On The Road
Nov 17, 2010, 9:36 am
The Otters travelled to Sussex on Saturday for the first of 2 games to be played over the weekend.

Playing squad,
Robert Blanch, Paul Bounden, Jordan Bright, Sam Carter, Jack Davey, Jack Eyers, Gary Page.

Coach,
Lee Hourd.

Tornados lay in wait, having beaten them comprehensively in the first game of the season in Exeter, the Otters knew that they would be in for a tough re-match.

The Otters were missing a number of key players while the Tornados had a few returning who had missed the game in Exeter.

The game started evenly enough with the Tornados winning the jump ball and netting the first points of the game. The Otters responded with 2 quick baskets from Sam & Jordan.

The referee then stopped the game to give Otters Jack D a verbal warning for a foul and told him that if he did that again it would result in being awarded an un-sportsman like foul.

Both teams were cool from the free throw line, Tornados hitting 1-2, the Otters 0-2.

Jack D was able to pull off a trademark fast break to net his first points of the game, this was quickly followed by another 2 from a set shot.

Otters captain Paul, starting his first game of the season then scored 2 baskets before the home team went a 6 point streak. The Otters scored the final points of the quarter, the first quarter ending 15-12 to the home team.

The second quarter began with both teams missing inside shots. The Otters netted to bring the score to within a point but Tornados then responded by scoring their first points of the quarter.

One of the highlights was Robert Blanch scoring his first points in competitive wheelchair basketball, in only his second game.

With only having 1 tall player, the Otters were finding it difficult to contain both of the Tornados tall players.

In the 5th minute the Otters scored what was to be their last points of the quarter while the Tornados were able to score 10 of their own to open up an 11 point lead at half time.

The first half finished 31-20.

In the second half, the Otters used the other subs they had brought with them, giving valuable court time to Gary and Robert, but again had no match for the Tornados tall forwards.

Yet again poor free throw shooting by the Otters let them down hitting just 2-6. The Otters were limited to the odd fast break score, and on the occasion they managed to get their own tall player inside, Jack E was able to nail the 2.

The Tornados meanwhile were able to almost score at will, finishing the 3rd quarter 15 points ahead, 47-32.

The final quarter began with the Otters knowing they had a mountain to climb, but were determined to keep going in order to try to keep the score as respectable as possible.

Jordan was sent to the free throw line yet again and was able to hit 2-2 while Jack E scored from inside the key to bring the Otters to within single figures, but were unable to keep up any kind of rhythm as the Tornados saw out the game, winning 58-41.

Scorers,
Jordan 16, Jack D 11, Jack E 6, Paul 4, Robert 2, Sam 2.

                                      

On Sunday 8th of November, the Otters played the second of their 2 games of the weekend against the Tigers.

Playing squad,

Robert Blanch, Paul Bounden, Jordan Bright, Sam Carter, Jack Davey, Jack Eyers, Gary Page.

Coach,

Lee Hourd.

Even though the Otters had lost the previous day, spirits were still high. The Otters knew that a win was absolutely imperative if they wanted to remain at the top of the league table.

The game started with Otters in possession allowing Jordan to open the scoring. Paul was then fouled while shooting, but could only make 1 of the 2 free throws.

This didn’t bother the Otters, such was the dominance the Tigers were able to score just 1 field coal in the first quarter. In reply, Jordan, Paul, Jack E and Sam all scored for the away team, the first quarter finishing 2-11.

The Otters knew they should have had many more than 11, but for some wayward shooting.

The second quarter was more even as the Otters seem to relax a little too much, allowing the Tigers too many easy shots.

Jack D and Jordan supplied the play of the weekend. Attempting the pick and roll 3 times in quick secession before it finally came off, Jack D finishing the move in style.

At the end of the first half though, the Otters were still in total command leading 10-23.

The second half again saw the Otters use their bench players to great effect, Gary setting screens for Paul to hit from outside the key, while Rob made a vital interception then laying the ball off to Jordan to score. Sam also hit his first 2 points of the game.

By the end of the 3rd quarter, the Otters knew that barring a miracle, they would be going home 1 and 1 from the weekend. The 3rd period ended 14-37.

The final quarter was a formality. The Otters were able to big Jack E in the key time and again, but also had the outside shooting of Paul and Jack D as a back up.

Sam netted again as he beat his marker to get under the basket, then Jordan made 2 lightning quick fast breaks to all but seal the win.

When the buzzer sounded the Otters had won comfortably 24-48 and were heading off home in a happy mood.

Scorers,
Jack E 16,Jordan 13, Paul 7, Jack D 6, Sam 6.

Raiders Rollercoaster Rumbles On!
Nov 17, 2010, 9:33 am

Exeter Uni III 89 v Weymouth Raiders 61

It’s turning out to be a season of ups and downs for the newly formed Weymouth Raiders. After an encouraging win against Torbay they came back down to earth with a bump against Exeter University. Based on their records so far this should have been a fairly even match-up but it turned out to be very comfortable for the students.

Exeter were quick off the mark in the first quarter with Honyen Lin leading the way as they opened up an early 14-3 lead. However Weymouth re-grouped, as Greg Kazek, Dan Campbell and Alex Fuhrmann all managed to score, and they had closed the gap to 15 -13 by the end of the first period.

In the second quarter it was Honyen Lin again who was proving to be the difference between the two teams as he scored twelve of Exeter’s opening fourteen points. Weymouth, in contrast, were lacking an effective offensive response and had to rely on speculative shooting from outside. Although Fuhrmann and teenager Gerry Legg-Saunders both scored from outside the three point arc, Weymouth were finding points hard to come by and made matters worse by regularly turning the ball over to Exeter who were able to score easy points on the break. At the half-way mark Exeter were leading 37-26.

In order to counter the threat from Lin, Weymouth coach Andy Blackwood switched to a man-to-man defence at the start of the third quarter. Fuhrmann took responsibility both defensively and offensively, grabbing eleven points whilst trying to stifle the threat from Lin. The Raiders shaded the quarter by a point but went into the final period still trailing by ten at 56-46

At the start of the fourth quarter it was the turn of some of the other Exeter players, notably Ofe and Mayonga, to step up their game. More turnovers from Weymouth allowed Exeter to extend their lead to 69 -52 mid-way through the quarter and, as a last throw of the dice, the Raiders tried a press defence to try and get back into the game. The students were too smart for this though and broke through the press with ease, racking up even more easy points. As the Raiders heads went down the University students just piled on the agony, outscoring their opponents by twenty points to eight in the last four minutes to record a very comfortable win.

Afterwards Andy Blackwood expressed disappointment at the Raiders’ performance. “We simply didn’t get the basics right tonight” he said. “Our offense was sluggish and we gave the ball away too easily. Defensively we gave up far too many rebounds against a team that wasn’t particularly tall. On the bright side, our next practice session should be a busy one!”


Pacers Fail To Break Down Thin Blue Line!
Nov 14, 2010, 3:29 pm

Pacers were very much in command at the start of this Exeter and District League game; they defended well together as a unit and created good scoring opportunities. Consequently three quarters of the way through the first period the Newton Abbot team held a useful 10–2 lead. However, in the remaining minutes of the period gaps began to appear in Pacers’ defence and Peelers took advantage of the resulting space and so narrowed the score to 11-5 at the first break.

At the start of the second period Pacers changed their defensive formation, in an attempt to put more pressure on the ball coming up the court. However, with crisp passing by Peelers the extra space around Pacers ring was fully exploited and within a matter of a few minutes the gap in the score between the two teams had closed to just one point. In response Pacers reverted back to their original defensive shape to stem the flow of scoring by the opposition and, with some improved offensive play, managed to extend their lead again but only for a short time; another comeback by Peelers in the final minutes of the half saw the game finely balanced at half-time with the score at 19-18 just in Pacers favour.

At the start of the second half Pacers switched to a full court man to man defensive system and really took the game to Peelers; with the turnovers generated by the pressure Pacers started to score on a regular basis. However lapses in concentration in their defence meant Peelers managed to score a steady trickle of baskets and so Pacers were only able to extend their lead by a small margin. The turning point of the game came when Pacers coach switched their defence back to a zone. Peelers, now with greater freedom to pass the ball effectively around Pacers key area, picked out the spaces to generate scoring opportunities. At the other end of the court Pacers could not come up with a solution to break down a compact Peelers defence and consequently Peelers turned the game right around creating an 11 point lead, 38-27 at the end of the third period.

Believing that this game was still not over Pacers came storming back during the final period of play and with only three minutes remaining had the game all square, 42-42, and were looking to go on and win the game. However, with some straight forward shooting opportunities missed by the Newton Abbot team and with Peelers keeping their nerve around the basket, it was the home team that finally prevailed winning a keenly contested game 47-42.

Overall a very frustrating evening for Pacers and one that highlighted the work that must be done to improve both their attack and defence ready for the upcoming fixtures between now and Christmas.

 

Scorers/Players: J. Hodge 11, A. Sinden 10, L. Baines 8, N. Underhill 6,

V. Colegate 2, M. Etherson 2, G. Sinden 2, R. Erangey 1, S. Ashford , H. Burton, T. Burton and P. Rothwell.


Help Otters Secure Community Fund With Two Minutes of Your Time
Nov 12, 2010, 9:39 pm

The Exeter Otters Wheelchair Basketball Club have been entered into a competition to win £3000 via The RBS Community Fund. Basically the winner is the club which receives most votes. Voting is very easy, just click on the link below,

 https://communityfund.rbs.co.uk/Vote

Then enter your postcode. From the drop down menu select the Exeter branch. Voting and filling out the form will take you just a couple of minutes.

A vote for Exeter Otters Wheelchair Basketball would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks, Paul.


Raiders stave off Tiger attack
Oct 31, 2010, 4:25 pm

After two defeats on the bounce, Weymouth Raiders got back to winning ways in an entertaining game between two well-matched teams. In line with their policy of encouraging youngsters to take up basketball, the Weymouth team gave debuts to two more teenagers meaning they have already used a total of nineteen different players in just four games.

The two teams have a similar look with an emphasis on youth backed up by a small number of experienced players and both were looking to play fast free-flowing basketball. After a fairly even start and the score standing at 11-9 to Weymouth, the home team went on a scoring run. In what proved to be the decisive spell of the game, Dan Campbell led the way as the Raiders posted another 11 points with Torbay managing just a single free throw to leave the score 22-10 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was a much tighter affair with neither team able to score easy points. Weymouth coach Andy Blackwood continued to make regular substitutions, which perhaps disturbed his team’s rhythm, but they shaded the second period by two points to lead 33-19 at the half way mark.

The Raiders got off to a blistering start at the start of the third quarter, with Alok Bahl leading the attacking threat. After just two minutes Weymouth had extended their lead to 42-21 and appeared to have the game under control. Further scores from Giles Heaman and debutant Gerry Legg-Saunders were matched by some effective long range shooting by Hubble for Torbay which saw the Raiders holding a comfortable 52-33 lead with one period left.

Torbay’s only chance of getting back into the game was to run a press defence to force turnovers. This they did with impressive effect at the start of the fourth quarter and, with Stewart also hitting two 3-point shots, they quickly closed the gap to just seven points at 54-47. However Weymouth rallied and a run of eight unanswered points from Bahl, Heaman and Gerrard Stanley restored the lead to fifteen points with just five minutes remaining. Desperate to stop the clock, Torbay were forced into committing fouls. However it failed to pay dividends as both Dan Campbell and Alex Fuhrmann shot 100% from the free throw line and the Raiders maintained a double digit lead to the finish.

Weymouth scorers: Bahl 18 pts; Campbell 13; Fuhrmann 12; Stanley 8; Heaman 6; Legg-Saunders 6; Scadden 4; Blackwood 3; Scott 2


Exeter’s Unexpected Win over Southampton
Oct 31, 2010, 4:22 pm

On the20th of October, Exeter travelled 3 hours to Southampton to contest their Ladies team. The Exeter ladies anticipated a tough and challenging match judging on last year’s team, but to their disbelief the opposite awaited them.

Not to imply that the match was a walkover-far from it in fact! The Southampton team put up an honourable fight, with relentless offences and shots, but they were no match for the Exeter team. Strong inside players with a significant height advantage and an athletic team conquered the home side.

It wasn’t until the 7th minute of the first quarter that Southampton actually put some points on the board, in fact. Exeter played full court man from the first whistle which frustrated the host team. Spanish player Manuela Plotegher shone in the first half with her impressive interceptions and offensive shots.

No.12 player Rose Jenner was on particularly top form and dominated the boards from the 2nd quarter onwards with her signature left hook; in total she put away 23 points for the Exeter side.

By halftime, Exeter had soared ahead with a 33 point lead. The Southampton ladies continued to contest but the damage had already been done.

All in all, an entertaining and competitive match was played but unfortunately for the home side Exeter’s strength under the board-Else Crowther and Maria Sanchenko-and unforgiving defence took their toll and the final score was Exeter 100 to Southampton’s 49. A final ‘three out of three’ free throws by Exeter’s Manuela Plotegher in the last minute sealed their 51 point difference.




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