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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.

Raiders Taught A Hard Lesson By Stydents!
Oct 27, 2010, 4:16 pm

Weymouth Raiders 43 Exeter University 74

If it had been a boxing match the referees would probably have stopped it at the end of the first quarter. In their third game of the Exeter District basketball league season Weymouth Raiders were on the ropes almost from the start.

Set up newly this season the Raiders are Weymouth’s third men’s team, and their aim is to give opportunities to inexperienced young players to play competitive basketball alongside senior players who are perhaps in the twilight of their playing careers. Consequently this match saw five players making their debuts for the Raiders against a tall, strong, fast and well drilled University team.

The early exchanges were fairly even but with the score standing at 10-6 in favour of Exeter, the university team went into a different gear scoring 18 unanswered points and leaving the young Weymouth team battered, bewildered and facing the prospect of a humiliation. Their prospects were not improved by losing debutant Chris May to an ankle injury which saw him play no further part in the game.

Weymouth coach Andy Blackwood tried to rally his troops at the end of the first quarter and, in particular, emphasised the importance of shutting down the very effective Exeter fast-break. This had some effect in a low scoring second quarter. The university zone-defence restricted Weymouth to just nine more points but some respectability was regained by the Raiders by keeping their opponents down to eleven points, thus leaving the half – time score at 39-15 to Exeter.

Mid way through the third quarter another scoring run by Exeter extended their lead to almost forty points at 57-19. However Weymouth battled on with Connor Doherty and Rob Legg looking particularly effective in defence and scores coming from Dan Campbell, Giles Heaman and Alok Bahl there were some signs that the Raiders still had some fight left in them.

Trailing 62-25 at the start of the final quarter and with the game effectively over, the Raiders had only their pride left to play for. And it was in the final quarter that they played their best basketball, both offensively and defensively. For the first time in the game they moved the ball quickly around the tight Exeter defence and started to create more scoring opportunities. However the university team were never seriously threatened, and look like serious contenders for the division title. Raiders took some small consolation from winning the fourth quarter but the 74-43 final score gave an accurate reflection of the dominance Exeter enjoyed.

Afterwards Weymouth coach Andy Blackwood said “It’s never easy to take a beating, but it’s also important to look for some positives. I thought we fought back well and never let our heads drop. After the shock of the first quarter, when it looked like we might lose by seventy or eighty points I was pleased with the way we fought back and never let our heads drop. I was also pleased with young Stephen Reece, playing his first game at just 15 years of age, who had the confidence to take a couple of scoring opportunities and wasn’t intimidated by the size and strength of our opponents.”

Bolts Hit Back
Oct 27, 2010, 4:12 pm

25/10/10 Isca Bolts V Eagles White Score 65-60


After a defeat to Eagles White in the league, Isca Bolts were keen to prove they could beat Eagles White in the Round Robin Competition. The league game was a close encounter, finally won by Eagles White in the final quarter with their impressive full court press, which panicked Isca Bolts who threw the game to Eagles White. So was there going to be a repeat performance? Eagles White took the lead with the opening basket but then Isca Bolts took the lead for the majority of the first quarter until in the final couple of minutes when Eagles White Rachael Hopkins and Emily Dunn scored 5 baskets in quick succession to close the quarter 12-13.

The second quarter was fairly evenly scored but due to three 3 point baskets by Eagles White the quarter closed 17-20. It looked as though Eagles White were pulling away, and with a full court press in the third quarter, unnerving Isca Bolts, Eagles White took a 10 point lead! However Isca Bolts turned over the ball several times at the opening of the fourth quarter and scored a couple of fast breaks taking them within 4 points! It then went basket for basket and one free throw scored for Eagles White. C Holt drove straight down the key for 2 more baskets for Isca Bolts. The score line was 61-60!

All Isca Bolts had to do is keep possession and they managed to do this also scoring 2 further baskets to finish the score 65-60. From what looked like a game that was going to be won by Eagles White, Isca Bolts ploughed on to win with an encouraging team performance.

Top scorer for Isca Bolts was C Holt with 17pts. MVP for Bolts went to J Avery and for Eagles White P Whewell.

Pacers Debutants Perform Well
Oct 24, 2010, 6:52 pm





Looking for their first win of the season Pacers scored the first two baskets of the game, in the opening minute. In response Plymouth Uni. scored the next basket, but after this brief spell the game was no longer a contest. Taking a very direct approach to basket, in particular Lucinda Baines, Pacers raced away. They scored freely for the remainder of the period, whilst in defence they did not concede another basket, so a comfortable lead, 24-2, had been established at the first break. However the highlight of the period was the 3 point basket made by Ali Sinden right on the sound of the buzzer at the end of the period. Whilst conceding very little again in the second period, in offense Pacers became very static and so did not create many good opportunities within shooting range. As a result Pacers stuttered to half time reaching a score of 34-6.

The opening section of the second half was almost a carbon copy of the previous period. Good intensive pressure on the ball in defence continued to deny Plymouth Uni. any clear cut scoring opportunities but Pacers’ offensive play was still searching for gaps in the University defence close to basket. Consequently Pacers lead was extended by only eight points to 44-8 in the ten minutes of play.   In the final period Pacers’ movement off the ball and receiving the ball in good shooting spots came together and the rate of scoring just accelerated, giving the final score of the game, 64-12, a sense of the dominance that Pacers had over the game.

The most pleasing aspect of this game though was the fact that half of the team were playing their debuts for Pacers, which augurs well for the future.


Scorers/Players: A. Sinden 16, L Baines 16, N Underhill 14, M. Etherson 10,

G. Sinden 8, R. Erangey, H. Burton and T. Burton.

Exeter Eagles win opener in nail biter!
Oct 21, 2010, 7:24 pm

Exeter Eagle 49 Guernsey 48

16th Oct. 2010.

Exeter Eagles ladies basketball team won their first National league game of the 1010/11 season 49-48. In a closely fought match no team every really dominated the other But the Eagles found themselves slowly pulling into the lead. Bec Short using all her experience to keep the score board ticking over was dominating inside they Key and Guernsey had no real answer to this. Georgina Paul the 16 year old ball handling point guard was controlling the game, as the Eagles pulled out to a 25 -19 half time lead. Emily Dunn scoring a 3 point shot from just inside the half way line! The second half saw the Eagles pulling even further into the lead with Maria Sevchenko and Helena Edmonds scoring some important Baskets. The third quarter ended with the Exeter team pulling even further away to a 37-28 lead. Then the wheels came off. Guernsey scored 8 straight points and pulled back into the match. For the next few minutes the games was on a knife’s edge. Bec short scored a free throw with 9 seconds left to put the Eagles back in front 49-48. Guernsey had little time left and just failed to score. Poppy Whewell doing a Captains job by blocking the last shot.

Coach Henman said. ‘Sometimes you have to win Ugly and this was not very pretty. We are a new team and let Guernsey back in. But it was our first game and the girls are still getting used to each other and a win is a win!’

So the Eagles secure a victory in their first game and move on to Play UWIC 2 away in Cardiff next Sunday.24th Of October 2010.


Maria Sevchenko 16pts, Bec Short 15pts,

Plymouth Local league girls team vs. Taunton Tigers
Oct 21, 2010, 9:40 am

The final score was 60-34 to the Taunton Tigers. Both teams came with the full number of players ready for the game. The Taunton Tigers were continuously ahead throughout the game, more so in the first and second half, however, after half time Plymouth local league girls more readily applied Zone defence which decreased the frequency of the Tigers ability to score. On offence, Taunton Tigers carried out more technical plays, applying more pressure to our defence, but with a more thorough understanding of Zone in the second half, the girls were able to keep the Tigers at bay throughout the second half.

The Plymouth local league girls carried out Zone with much enthusiasm and determination. The girls, although only having one training session, managed to pick up the concept of zone quickly and efficiently applied it. There were quite a number of foals given to some of the girls of the local league team, but this was agreed to be down to a lack of game knowledge, understanding and techniques. Tigers were unfortunately, with the technical foals, able to score a number of free throw points, clawing their way to an even greater lead. Everyone had a relatively even number of minutes giving all the girls a chance to get involved, recover and get back on the court for some more!

Where the girls had only met each other once before the game, everyone was impressed by how easily the girls interacted and worked with one another on the court. Victoria Black was rightly chosen as MVP of the game which the team all agreed was rightly deserved. Even without a coaches’ direction, team moral was kept high and the girls all seemed to enjoy themselves.

Bullets show their calibre
Oct 16, 2010, 9:44 pm

Exeter Uni 3rd's faced the high flying bullets for their first game of the 2010/11 season away at Broadclyst. The Bullets started the game well taking an early 12 - 0 lead led by Ray kirk who was scoring freely under the basket. The only down side for the home team was the usual reliable Unity Chikoto missing his two free throws - maybe his new found TV fame is going to his head?! The Bullets started to rotate their bench well and finished the quarter 17 - 5 winners.

The second quarter was a much more competitive affair thanks to the Uni side making the most of their athletic ability and they looked a much improved team from last year. The Bullets continued to rotate their bench and their scoring was well distributed amongst the whole team including a 3 from Adam Mitchell which must have been a good six foot behind the line!

After the half time break despite their best efforts the University struggled to score whilst the Bullets continued to take distribute the points amongst the whole team and seemed to be able to get to the basket at will running out easy winners 81 - 35.

MVP for Broadclyst was Ray Kirk who's experience was just too much for the young Uni side and scored 14 points in limited minutes including an unheard of 2 for 2 from the line!

Two Games In The Capitol Are Within Otters Ability
Oct 16, 2010, 8:21 pm
The Otters travelled up to London on Saturday 9th of October, to play two games against Capital City RF2 & 3. The Otters knew they would be two very tough games and were able to take virtually a full strength squad.   Playing squad, Aaron Blyth-Palk, Jordan Bright, Paul Bounden, Sam Carter, Jack Davey, Jack Eyres, Damian Hourd, James Lake, Tony Mack, Gary Page. Coaches, Lee Hourd, Paul Bounden.   The first quarter got underway both Otters and CCRF3 looking to weigh each other up. It was the Otters who scored first, but not until the 3rd minute when Damian found himself with a shooting opportunity from inside the key. Not only did he make the shot but was also fouled in the process and duly despatched the bonus.   CCRF3 then replied straight away but the Otters then went on a 9-0 run over the next 3 minutes, 4 of the starters all scoring. First Jack D scored the first of several fast breaks, then Jordan hit a field goal and was fouled, he too nailed the free throw, Damian scored his second basket and James also found himself getting on the score sheet.   The home team then scored their second 2 points before the Otters saw out the first period with 2 more baskets leaving the score 4-16 after the first 10 minutes.   The second quarter began slightly more evenly, both teams trading baskets for the first 6 minutes until coach Lee Hourd called a half court press. This was done to great effect by the Otters, forcing CCRF3 into multiple turnovers, enabling the Otters to score 9 unanswered points. Jack E was able to hit his first 2 points after coming on for James. Half time came with the score 14-35.   The second half saw the Otters make use of their subs bench, Sam and Gary coming on for Jack E and Aaron but still the home team could not make too many inroads into the Otters key, having to rely on outside shots. Most of these were missed allowing Damian to grab the rebounds and launch his trademark passes out to the fast break guys. Jack D in particular benefiting time and again from this play.   Tony came on for Damian and got into the action straight away hitting two field goals in between two fast breaks from Jack D.   The 3rd quarter finished on 23-56.   The final quarter turned out to be a formality and was just a matter of how many points the Otters would score against a very tired opposition, Tony again found the net from outside the key and also hit 2 from 2 from the free throw line. On the day the Otters finished 7 from 9 on the line.   With 5 minutes to go, Paul came on to give Jack D a rest and scored with his second shot after great work by Sam. Gary also scored his first 2 points as the Otters looked to close out the game.   The final score was 32-71.   Scorers, Damian 18, Jordan 18, Jack D 17, Tony 10, Jack E 4, Gary 2, James 2, Paul 2.         The Otters played their second game of the day on Saturday 9th of October, against a strong Capital City RF2 team. Having already brushed aside CCRF3, the Otters were in a confident mood.   Playing squad, Aaron Blyth-Palk, Jordan Bright, Paul Bounden, Sam Carter, Jack Davey, Jack Eyers, Damian Hourd, James Lake, Tony Mack, Gary Page. Coaches, Lee Hourd, Paul Bounden.   The game started at a high tempo, and even though it was the Otters who scored first, thanks to a 1 from 2 free throw effort from Jack D, it was CCRF2 who started the better, opening up an 11-6 lead mid way through the first quarter.   The Otters called timeout so that they could correct 1 or 2 problem areas, which was to pay dividends. After the short break the Otters went on a 11-0 run, mainly thanks to the hands of Damian (4 pts) and Jack D (5 pts) in a 3 minute spell leaving the home side little shell shocked. The first quarter ended 17-19.   The second period saw CCRF2 score 2 quick baskets, but the Otters replied through of their own from Jordan, who was 1 of only 2 Otters scorers in the quarter, Damian being the other, scored the last 3 baskets for the Otters after Jordan had netted his third, both players scoring 6 pts each as half time came with the score 31-31.   It was looking as if the game would go right down to the very last second and would be a case of which team could hold its nerve.   The third quarter was a continuation of the second, Jordan and Damian being the chief points scores, both players scoring 8. The only other basket coming from Aaron. The home teams inability to nail their free throws was to prove costly, as they were only 2 from 6 in the third quarter. Once again, at the whistle the scores were very close, the Otters just shading it 45-49.   Both team went all out for the win in the final quarter, the Otters were forced into making a substitution when Damian picked up his third foul, but Jack E came in and did his job fantastically well, keeping out the home sides tall player. James netted his first 2 points of the quarter and followed it up with 3 more baskets in quick succession.   With 3 minutes to go Otters had opened up an 8 point lead. Some panicking and bad decision making saw the Otters concede 3 quick turnovers which allowed CCRF3 back into the game. The home teams number 42 went to the line with his team down by 6 and scored both shots.   With 1 minute left, CCRF2 scored another basket to get within 2 points, but some great defending by the Otters saw them hold on for their second win of the day, much to the delight of the Otters bench and supporters who had cheered them on very loudly throughout.

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