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Pacers Leave It Too Late To Discover Their Form
Oct 9, 2010, 12:12 pm

NEWTON ABBOT PACERS41

 

EXETER EAGLES      66

 

A good opening spell by Pacers saw the home team take an early lead of 12-6. Good offensive movement generated numerous scoring opportunities and intense defence on the ball kept Eagles shots to a minimum. Then, within a minute, the nature of the game had changed as Eagles opened up a weakness in the Pacers defence to draw level. They then scored a 3 point basket in the dying moments of the quarter so the visitors were leading 15-14 at the first break.  Eagles, now full of confidence, were picking off their perimeter shots with ease, whilst Pacers lost their rhythm in offence and so by half-time Eagles held a comfortable lead, 31-22.

With a chance to reorganise at half time Pacers started to cut into Eagles defence in the opening minutes of the third period.  Then, as the shots failed to go in for the home team, Eagles turned rebounds into quick offensive transition and were able to score at will, extending their lead to 50-29 at the end of the third period.   There could not have been a worse start for Pacers at the start of the final period as they conceded two 3 point baskets in the opening minute.  However Pacers were undeterred, playing with a more measured approach and sticking to the game plan and consequently they were far more competitive in the final period.  In fact after conceding those two early baskets Pacers won the remainder of the period 12-10 making the final score, 66-41, a little better to take.  Despite the wide margin of defeat there were many positives for the Newton Abbot team to take away from this game particularly their performance in the final period.

 

Scorers/Players: A. Sinden 14, J. Hodge 10, N. Underhill 6, K. Lee 5, S. Chilia 2,      V. Colegate 2 and G. Sinden 2.

 


Lebron Who?
Oct 3, 2010, 4:04 pm

Broadclyst Bandits played their first home game of the season against the new comers to the first division, Newton Abbot Pacers. After proving a point to Exeter Nomads who beat the Bandits in last seasons play off final, the Broadclyst side where looking to get back to winning ways after a sound beating by a well organised Torbay Tigers on Thursday.

The game started poorly with both teams struggling to score; after four minutes the it was still only 2-2. The only positive for the home side was that their big men where boxing out well as a unit and cleaning up on the defensive boards. The quarter continued as it had started and finished with a low scoring 8-9 lead to the Pacers thanks to a buzzer beating 3 from Mike Rolph.

The second quarter started with a renewed focus for the home team. Ben Harnell took advantage of the increased tempo by taking his man base line and then throwing it down in the face of the stranded Rolph who found himself in the wrong place and was clearly rattled; a move that surely even Lebron James would have been happy with! The Bandits built on this to take the quarter 22-15 but it was still far from pretty.

The second half can only be described as disappointing for last seasons champions who looked a shadow of the team they were last year and to be frank, failed to link up and get anything going. As ever, Robin Wilding-Webb was his usual threat from outside for the Pacers but luckily for Broadclyst this was not quite enough as they held on for a 61 – 53 victory. If the Bandits want to repeat last seasons success they will have to realise that they need to break away from their name and cannot rely on continually stealing games as outlaws always get caught out – just ask the Peelers!


Two Out Of Two Ain't Bad!
Oct 3, 2010, 11:10 am

New team to the league Eagles Blue were an unknown to the newly named Isca Bolts team. However Bolts didn’t need to worry. The 1st quarter was dominated by Bolts, Eagles Blue were into foul trouble within 2 minutes of the opening quarter and Bolts penalised them for this by going to the free throw line 6 times in the quarter (although only 50% of shots went in!!).

The full court press unsteadied the Eagles Blue allowing several interceptions resulting in baskets. The free throws and interceptions along with several fast breaks and a few inside drives meant the quarter was won very convincingly by Bolts 42-2. More of the same in the 2nd quarter, although Bolts did amend their defence meaning the quarter was won by only 24-6 this time!

 

The target was 100 so 3rd quarter Bolts stepped up again, using slightly different tactics and playing some set moves Bolts managed to bring in some outside shooting from E Rogers and P Tjabringa to take the quarter 34-6. Only 10 points were needed in the final quarter to reach the 100 pts! This was achieved 20-8 in the final quarter. Top scorer for Police was A Allen with 27pts, closely followed by E Rogers with 23pts. MVP for Bolts went to P Tjabringa and for Eagles Blue K Browne.


We Fought The Law But The Law Won!
Oct 3, 2010, 11:09 am

It was a classic battle of youth against experience as the Weymouth raiders travelled to the Devon Peelers for their second game of the Exeter District League season. Peelers were missing Dave Prywata, their top scorer in their opening win against Broadclyst, and could muster a squad of only 7 players. However they started confidently against their young opponents and soon opened up a lead of 8 points to 3. Weymouth coach Andy Blackwood employed the unusual tactic of splitting his ten man squad into two sets of five and made a complete five-for-five substitution in the middle of each of the first 3 quarters. Strangely this didn’t seem to disrupt the Raiders’ play and by the end of the first quarter , due largely to accurate three point shooting from Greg Kazek, they had pulled back to within two points of the Peelers at 16-14. For the Peelers Adam and Gareth Cooper were dominating the offence, scoring 15 of the 16 points between them.

The game was a rather bad tempered affair with players on both sides getting involved in unnecessary confrontations and at times it threatened to boil over. This was reflected in a low scoring second quarter in which the Raiders restricted the Peelers to just ten points and effective offence from Jack Speary in particular saw them end the half with a narrow 27-26 lead.

The third quarter saw more expansive offence from both teams. Again it was the Cooper brothers who led the Peelers attack but the Raiders were beginning to play a much more fluent passing game against the Peelers zone defence. Although trailing 29-31 after three minutes the Weymouth team went on a scoring run of 17 points in the next five minutes while the Peelers could only manage a single score by Karl Rowland in reply. Leading 46-33 the Raiders clearly had their more experienced opponents rattled. However experience counts for a lot, and once more the Cooper boys stepped up scoring 10 points between them in the last two minutes of the quarter to close the gap to five as the buzzer sounded with the score at 48-43 to Weymouth.

In the final quarter Coach Blackwood altered his substitution pattern as foul trouble and injury started to take its toll. Scoring alternated early on with the Raiders maintaining a 5 point gap with six minutes remaining. The game then looked as if it might be slipping away from the Peelers as, first Adam Cooper and then his brother Gareth, picked up technical fouls for comments made to the referees. However the Raiders failed to take full advantage of the opportunity, scoring only three out of eight free throws during this spell. The Raiders offence dried up at just the wrong time as the Peelers outscored them 11-4 to take a one point advantage at 58-57 with just two minutes left on the clock. A score by Taylor for the Peelers was matched by one from Scott for Weymouth before Adam Cooper was fouled and made two crucial free throws to give the Peelers a 3 point lead with less than a minute left.

A Weymouth timeout was called to prepare for a defensive stop and a three point attempt to tie the game. Unfortunately their plans came to nothing as Gareth Cooper made a vital shot under pressure and then rubbed salt into the wound by stealing the ball almost immediately afterwards to score a lay-up to end the game.


First game in 1st Division Results in 1st win of season for Otters
Sep 27, 2010, 9:38 am

The Otters played their first game of the new season today after being promoted to the 1st Division South at the end of last season. Playing squad, Robert Blanch, Aaron Blyth-Palk, Jordan Bright, Sam Carter, Jack Davey, Damian Hourd, James Lake, Gary Page, Coach Paul Bounden.

Their opponents, West Coast Tornados were the visitors to the Otters home court, who themselves had enjoyed a good previous season finishing 3rd in the division. The game started with the Otters in possession from the tip, but failed to capitalise and it was the Tornados who were soon into their stride scoring 2 quick baskets. It took the Otters 3 minutes to register their 1st points, Damian Hourd converting from just inside the key, this after Jordan Bright had been fouled on his way to the net, but missed both free throws. The 2 points settled the Otters down and they were able to play some lovely free flowing basketball, orchestrated by Jordan at the point. With the height of Damian & James Lake causing problems under both nets, the tornados struggled to get into any sort of rhythm. The Otters then embarked on a 13-2 run to close out the 1st quarter.

The 2nd quarter saw the Otters extend their run, hitting 14 points without reply, James & Jack Davey both getting on the score sheet for the first time. The Tornados scored their first 2 points of the quarter in the 6th minute, and both teams then traded baskets until the end of the period. During this run, Jordan made an incredible play to stop the ball from rolling back over the half court line by diving forward to knock the ball back into the offensive half before it had bounced, enabling the Otters to continue their attack. Not to be outdone, Jack decided to put on a 1 man press and steal the ball from an unsuspecting Tornados player and net himself 2 points. Tornados time and again left Aaron Blyth-Palk free on the edge of the key, who duly thanked them by scoring a couple of baskets.  

The halftime buzzer sounded with the Otters leading 38-22. In the 3rd quarter the Otters were able to make some substitutions, Sam Carter came on for James, and grabbed himself a couple of important defensive rebounds to set up more Otters attacks. Both teams then traded baskets once again, Jordan scoring a fast break lay up, and James & Damian both scoring from inside they key, thanks to some great picking by Aaron & Jack.

The 3rd quarter ended with the Otters leading 52-38. The final quarter saw Gary Page make his first appearance on court, and was soon in the thick of the action, setting a screen for Damian to hit from outside the paint. Also, Robert Blanch, playing in his very first game was able to get a couple of valuable minutes towards the end of the game, and marked it with a steal and an assist for Jordan. The final whistle sounded with the score 66-49 to the Otters.

Scorers, Damian 27 Jordan 15 James 10 Jack D 8 Aaron 6 Sam 0 Gary 0 Robert 0


Raiders steal the last laugh to spoil the Jesters’ party
Sep 26, 2010, 5:46 pm

It was the battle of the new boys as Weymouth Raiders visited Exmouth Jesters for their opening game of the Exeter District basketball league season. Both teams are newly formed this year and it certainly looked like the start of the season, as both got off to a slow start in the first quarter. Scores from Sam “Goon” Dodge, Doherty and Bahl gave the Raiders a lead in a nervy opening spell marked by turnovers and missed shots and with just 3 minutes of the first quarter remaining the scoreboard stood at just 5 – 1. The pace then picked up a little as Adams for Exmouth and Bahl for Weymouth both scored twice but the first quarter finished at just 14 -8 to the Raiders.

The narrow lead was maintained throughout the second quarter as MacAvatter hit a pair of 3 – point shots for Exmouth but Dodge responded with one of his own and Romano and Speary proved effective on the break for Weymouth. One noticeable difference between the teams was that Weymouth committed only two fouls in the first half whereas Exmouth racked up ten including, significantly, three by their main scoring threat MacAvatter. The game was certainly becoming a more lively affair as the first half close with a 31 -24 lead for the Raiders.

At the start of the third quarter Weymouth appeared to have gained the upper hand, going on a 16 – 7 scoring run to increase their lead to sixteen points. The Weymouth defence was being effectively organised by experienced player Giles Heaman with Rob Legg playing an intimidating role as shot-blocker. Regular substitutions by coach Andy Blackwood meant the whole Weymouth squad saw plenty of court time and everyone was contributing points in this spell.

 Exmouth coach Chris Davy made effective use of a time-out to reorganise his defence, and a more intensive half-court press saw the tide turn as the Jesters scored eight unanswered points to halve the deficit and let Weymouth know the game was far from won. The final minute of the third quarter was probably the most dramatic of the match. First MacAvatter was given a technical foul for bad language which, as it was his fifth foul, meant he was out of the game. With nine seconds remaining Weymouth called a time-out to set up one last scoring shot. Alok Bahl took responsibilty and, despite being tightly defended, hit a seemingly impossible shot from the side to give the Raiders a 50 -39 advantage going in to the final period.

With a double digit lead and the Jesters’ main scorer out of the game it looked as though only complacency could ruin the Raiders chance of securing their first ever win. In the first couple of minutes Jesters tried to make it happen, narrowing the lead slightly to 52 – 44, but then the Raiders stepped up another gear, and it wasn’t long before the outcome was inevitable. In the final seven minutes Raiders outscored their opponents by 19 points to 5 including a nine point contribution from MVP Jack Speary.

Speaking at the end of the 71 -49 victory coach Andy Blackwood was quick to praise his whole squad saying “The most pleasing aspect of the game was the way our scoring was spread so evenly. We don’t have to rely on one or two star players because everyone is making a contribution. It was my plan to give everyone a good runout and it was very satisfying to see every single player take responsibility on court and contribute to a very promising team performance.”

Raiders scorers: Speary 14 points, Bahl 13, Doherty 12, Romano 12, Dodge 8, Stanley 6, Heaman 2, Scott 2


Eagles Ladies flying!
Sep 16, 2010, 2:21 pm

Eagles Ladies had a convincing 112-14 win over new to the league Taunton this week. With only one player on court over 18 years old this was a very good example on the growth of junior women’s basketball in the area. To be honest Taunton came up against a Juggernaut in Exeter. But to give them their due they never gave up and fought and scrapped for everything.

Many of the Eagles girls are now training week in week out with top National league players and it’s beginning to show in their play. Emily Dunn was on fire with 25pts which included 3x3 pointers. Katie Gardiner in getting bigger and stronger every time she plays and scored 20 pts with many offensive and defensive rebounds.

Coach Whewell said, ‘We have tried to limit the number of senior players in this team. We felt they needed to stand on their own two feet. There are many good experienced teams in this league and we are expecting some very tough games’.

For their National league Ladies Programme Eagles have now signed Bec Short formally UWIC. 6’1’ Manuela Plotegher Arce from the University of Cantabria, Spain. Emma Gough, Nicky Hartston and Hannah Byrne from Taunton Tigers and finally Emily Hillman and Emma Frost from Plymouth. When you add Maria Sevchenko, Poppy Whewell, Georgina Paul, Katie Gardiner, Lauren Shawyer, Emily Dunn and last but not least Elsa Crowther (Valencia) .......This squad is looking very good!

Coach Henman Said ‘It’s been a long summer and many phone calls and e-mails putting this all together. The girls have been great and have bonded quicker than any team I’ve ever coached. It’s also the tallest fastest unit I’ve ever worked with....But hey, we still have room for a foreign player!’ LOLLaughing


Bolting To The Top Of The League!
Sep 14, 2010, 6:49 pm

13/09/10 Isca Bolts (previously Exeter Police) V Newton Abbot Pacers Score 73-39

Was it a change of name or a change of kit? As always a hard opening match V Newton Abbot Pacers, winners of the Women’s League last year. The first quarter tipped off and it looked as though Pacers had it all under control scoring 2 opening baskets and taking free throws before Bolts had even started scoring. Just warming up in the first quarter I think most of the Bolts players would say!

L Yates opened the scoring for Bolts and then she was unstoppable scoring several individual baskets driving through the Pacers key. S Blackburn was also strong in Pacers key drawing fowls and scoring 100% of her free throws. First quarter closed 18-16.

Pacers never looked like coming back into the game with Bolts taking the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter’s 15-4, 19-7 and 21-12 respectively.

 L Yates was Bolts MVP scoring 21 pts, followed by S Blackburn scoring 18 pts. Both K Cridland and A Allen scored 10 pts. Bolts played as a team and played to their individual’s strengths, hopefully more results and games like this for the Bolts over the course of the season.


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