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Play Off Finals 2010
Apr 5, 2010, 7:38 pm

PLAY-OFF FINALS 

Sunday March 28th 2010 saw the Finals of Exeter and District Basketball’s Play Off competition for this season. Hosted at Middlemoor, this was the last competition of the season for the Exeter based teams. The 2009/10 season has been a very good season and a shift in the power base with Broadclyst Bandits breaking Exeter University’s hold of the Division I title. Newton Abbot Pacers took the Division II title to follow up on their Play Off success at the end of last season. The women’s division was once again taken by Newton Abbot Pacers, but other teams are hunting them down and if some of them can start next season as they finished this season – next year could be very interesting!

With several teams making enquiries regarding entry for next season it seems that it will be once again a very busy close season!

But back to the Play-Off finals!

1200hrs Division II Play Offs: Newton Abbot Pacers          v          Broadclyst Bullets

Broadclyst Bullets made it to the finals after putting out second placed Devon Peelers in the semi finals. They wanted to show that that match wasn’t a fluke result and demonstrate that they are a team that can handle Pacers.

It was Pacers that were out of the blocks quicker and by the end of the first quarter had an impressive 21 – 9 lead. Bullets were struggling to find some form and the second period went no better and finished the half 42 – 22 down. The twenty point lead that was going to be difficult for Bullets to overturn.

Whatever was said at half time by the coach seemed to have the desired effect, this time it was Pacers that struggled with their game, slowly they were being pegged back. Something had to be done to stem the tide and Pacers coach / captain introduced himself for the first time in the match. Robin Wilding-Webb immediately hit a trademark ‘3 point shot’. This galvanised Pacers and seem to signal the death of Bullets comeback.

Every time Bullets crept closer to Pacers score Wilding-Webb hit a 3 point shot and Bullets seem to have nothing in their armoury to halt him. The 3rd quarter ended with Pacers leading 62 – 47 but Bullets had crept 5 points closer and had the bit between their teeth.

With nothing to lose Bullets came out all attacking in the final quarter, but despite every basket they scored there was Pacers Wilding-Webb scoring again – four consecutive 3 point shots in the 3rd minute of the final quarter seemed to put the game beyond Bullets and Pacers saw out the game 85 – 68.

A well-deserved double for Newton Pacers and Division I beckons for them next season.

MVP went to Robin Wilding-Webb for his impressive play in the second half when he appeared to have all the answers for the questions that Bullets were raising.

 

1400hrs Ladies Division Play Offs: Exeter University          v          Exeter Eagles

Both of these teams came into the match after putting out more favoured opposition, after finishing 3rd and 4th in the League respectively.

Exeter University started this match distinctly ‘not at the races’ and the depleted squad of Exeter Eagles due to National League matches showed more desire to achieve a result. The first quarter ended 9 – 12 to Eagles and could have been further ahead had Rachel Hopkins been able to sink several of her free throws.

University started the 2nd quarter playing a hard defence and despite once again getting into foul trouble very early in the quarter (4th minute) they managed to turnaround the deficit and finished the half 32 – 24 up, the baskets were going in from all the team and Eagles managed to miss 12 of 14 free throws – their coach would not be happy!

The third quarter continued with University again fouling hard but this quarter Eagles hit 60% of their free throws and managed to claw back 2 points of University’s lead trailing 48 – 42 at the break.

The fourth quarter came with Eagles desperate to get back at University, the foul count was again rising for University and took it’s toll as early as the 1st minute by having their captain Helena Edmonds fouled out, she was followed in the 5th minute by Perrine, and in credit to Eagles they continued pegging back University’s lead.  

By the 6th minute following Perrine’s dismissal University led 59 – 50, suddenly Woolacott came into her own for Eagles and by the beginning of the 9th minute Eagles had taken the lead 59 – 60 – University had not scored a point since the 6th minute!

There were several offences both directions in the final minute, could Eagles hold onto their slender lead (the first they had had during the game). It appeared that they might throw it away after missing 4 free throws in the final minute but University still failed to score allowing Exeter Eagles to take the title. MVP was Savchenko for Eagles for her all round game.

1600hrs Division I Play Offs: Broadclyst Bandits     v          Exeter Nomads

The last competitive match of the season put new League Champions - Broadclyst Bandits up against Plate winners – Nomads. The matches between the sides were close during the League season and Nomads came into the match wanting to prove a point.

The first quarter was a frantic affair and Nomads pinched it 24 – 20 by the buzzer. A narrow 4 point in lead gave no indication of what was to come next, the 2nd quarter started with Broadclyst throwing possession away numerous times due to a press defence. Broadclyst seemed bemused as to how to break the tactic put on by Nomad's coach, this allowed Nomads to outscore their opponents 21 – 12 in the quarter and end the half 45 – 32 up.

Nomads were not winning this match with superior shooting, Broadclyst were doing their best to throw the match away. Nomads were ensuring that they had twice as much possession by Broadclyst by their superior tactics pressing Broadclyst at every opportunity. The 3rd quarter became a closer fought game; Nomads continued to press in defence which resulted in a low scoring 11 – 11 quarter. Despite an all action final quarter with Bandits trying to claw their way back into the match they only succeeded in getting back by 4 points which left Nomads with a 72 – 63 triumph and Broadclyst Bandits with a hangover from their League victory!

MVP was Nomad’s James Morgan who controlled the game rather than trying to penetrate the key continually which allowed the key players to play their game, along with the tactics from their coach.

A successful Final’s Day for all the League – the future looks bright for Exeter and District Basketball Association with strength in depth of both numbers of players and new teams coming through.

See you all in the 2010/11 season!!


Play Off Semi Defeat For Pacers
Mar 30, 2010, 6:32 am

NEWTON ABBOT PACERS 42

 

EXETER EAGLES                              44

 

 

Pacers went into this play-off semi-final game as favourites to reach the final at the weekend, having won both of this seasons league games against Exeter Eagles. However the margin of victory had been close on both occasions so Pacers were going to have to be on top form to win this crucial game.  

At the outset both team’s defences were very much in command of the game and so it was nearly half way through the first quarter before the first points were scored, even then it was from the foul line for Eagles.  Eventually Pacers started to move sufficiently in offence to break down the Eagles man to man marking system and as a result generated a 10-5 point lead. By the end of the quarter, though, this lead had been reduced to just one point at 10-9.  

In the second period Eagles looked to put full court pressure on Pacers offensive play.  Pacers took full advantage of this ploy by being able to penetrate to basket with the more open spaces around the ring.  As a result by half time Pacers had re-established a reasonable sized lead at 26-19.

In the second half both teams favoured the zone defensive system thus limiting close range shots at the basket.  However both teams showed good offensive movement of the ball and were able to pick off the perimeter shot at regular intervals. Consequently by the third break the game was still finely balanced with Pacers ahead at 38-33. 

In the final period end of term tiredness seemed to kick in for the significant number of teachers in the Pacers team, for although shot selection was good in offence the shooting lacked its’ normal clinical edge.  As a result Pacers scored a measly four points for the quarter.  At the other end of the court Eagles were able to score on a more regular basis and edged into the lead in the final minutes of the game.  Try as they could Pacers just could not score the last basket of the game to gain a tie and at least take the game into overtime. So it is Eagles who went off into the play-off finals after a low scoring victory of 44-42.  A very disappointing way for Pacers to finish the season having won the league programme, but this defeat provides some incentive for next season.

 

Players/Scorers: L. Baines 9, A. Sinden 9, E. Ashford 8, J. Hodge 6, L. Wilson 4,

S. Lee 4, K. Lee 2, S. Ashford and G. Sinden    


Pacer 42 Eagles 44
Mar 26, 2010, 3:50 pm

 

Pacers 42 Eagles 44

Eagle’s ladies team won there way through to a second final last night (Tuesday 23rd March 2010) in an enthralling game against current league Champions Newton Abbott Pacers. 

Pacers Ladies won this years Exeter and District Ladies Championship this year and drew the ever improving Eagles side in the play-offs.

‘The ladies have been getting stronger and stronger this season. The Pacers game came at just the right time for us’ said an Eagles spokesperson. 

The game had somewhat of a strange first qtr. With both side struggling to find any rhythm. It was in fact 8.50 seconds before the Eagles made a basket with only free throws being on the score sheet. 

Rachel Hopkins then hit 2 late baskets to get the ball rolling for the Eagles. In fact she scored 7 out of the teams first 10 points. The pacers also hit their stride and went in leaders at the end of a very tight first qtr. 10-9. The game continued in this manner in both the second and third qtrs. with the Pacers just edging it 38 -33 going into the 4th and last period. 

Then the Eagles came alive! Maria Sevchenko making some big ‘blocks’ and leading the team. Coach Poppey pulling down some big rebounds and making some key defensive switches. Sarah Sheldon (back from University) used all her experience to great effect with some great defence. Emily Dunn made a couple of key steals which lead to lay-ups and Georgina Paul sealed the victory with a game winning 3 point shot! 42 - 44. 

This now causes a bit problem for the club as many players are unavailable to play in the final which is Sunday the 28th as we also have a national league play - -off game that same day in Cheshire!.......... 

Scorers: 

Paul 11, White 2, Whewell©. 6, Gardiner 0, Dunn 4, Sheldon 2, Sevchenko 8, Hopkins 9, Mansbridge 2.


Broadclyst Bandits take Div 1 title
Mar 17, 2010, 7:00 pm

With two games left the fate of the Bandits season was in their own hands. First they had to face North Devon at home. Although North Devon struggled at the start of the season they have adopted to life in division 1 well and could easily have caused an upset. The Bandits started strongly and took an early 11 - 0 lead but the visitors woke up and managed to claw back at the Bandits to leave the home side with a narrow 36 - 33 lead at the end of the half. Whatever Coach Burridge said at half time certainly worked! Broadclyst came out playing at a much higher tempo causing numerous turnovers thanks to strong defence, particularly from MVP Tomas Misiuna and Henry Little. This lead to easy fast break points even for the Broadclyst big men, the highlight coming from a Ben Williams assist to an ally-op dunk from Ben Harnell. The continual pressure was just too much for the visiting side and the Bandits kept them scoreless winning the quarter 25 - 0. Broadclyst continued to play well in the final period and ran out comfortable winners 94 - 45 leaving them tied at the top of the league with Uni 1 but with a game in hand.

Broadclyst played their last fixture away at Taunton with a reduced squad but still managed to take the win and the league title by beating revolution 57 - 70. This has set up a play-off semi final against old rivals Torbay. Despite Broadclyst’s recent run of good form as always this is sure to be a tough match particularly as the last two games have proved expensive for the Bandits who have lost two key players through injury.


Pacers Finish League Season On A High
Mar 16, 2010, 10:27 pm

NA PACERS                          90

 

WEYMOUTH HUSKIES      16

               

In order to remain in the top spot of the Exeter and District league, Pacers needed to win this, their final league game of the season.  Starting with a pressing defence Pacers were going to make sure that they were in command of the game from the outset.  As a result the game was finished as a contest in the opening five minutes as Pacers raced away to a 19-2 lead, with Ali Sinden in particular imposing herself onto the game scoring 9 points.  With a change in Pacers defence Weymouth had more ball time in their attacking court but this yielded them only one further basket, whilst the home side had moved onto 27 points at the end of the first ten minute quarter.

In the second period the game lost any sense of momentum.  Weymouth kept possession of the ball well in offence but lacked a cutting edge to greatly add to their score. At the other end what offensive moves Pacers did put together often lacked the finishing touch so half-time was reached with a score of 37-6. 

The start of the second half did not see an improvement in Pacers play, in fact the malaise of the previous quarter started to affect their defensive work and Weymouth scored the first two baskets of the half.  Emily Ashford then injected some pace into the game scoring the next three baskets, and 13 points for the period. After that moment Pacers never looked back as they moved quickly onto 60 points by the third break.  In the last period Pacers were in full flow with Gill Sinden, Jasmine Hodge, Ali Sinden and Laura Wilson scoring on a number of occasions for Pacers to end up with a comfortable victory, 90-16. 

With the Exeter and District League title now assured, Pacers enter the play-off season in a good run of form. However Pacers will need to work hard and play effective basketball throughout the whole of the semi-final game, whoever the opposition, if they are to progress to the finals.

 

Players/Scorers:  E. Ashford 23, A.Sinden 17, L. Wilson 16, J. Hodge 14, G. Sinden 8, L. Baines 6, S. Lee 4, and K. Lee 2.    


Pacers Have the Answer To Police Again to Seal Title
Mar 16, 2010, 10:25 pm

NA PACERS                          57

 

EXETER POLICE                 54

 

 

 

Since their defeat to Pacers way back in September in the first game of the season, the Police team have looked invincible in the Exeter and District League and so for Pacers to do the double over them they were going to have to be in top form.  However early signs in the game were not encouraging as the Police team opened up a four point lead through their better offensive transitional movement.   In the second part of the quarter Pacers’ defence came to grips with the visitor’s counter attacking play whilst they also picked up a number of baskets which resulted in them being just one point down, 11-12, at the first break. 

The first few minutes of the second quarter was a close affair with neither defence giving very much away although Pacers managed to draw level at 16- 16. Then, with some careless passing turnovers and slack defending, Pacers were really under pressure as they found themselves 18- 30 behind.  A couple of baskets to Pacers just before half-time at least gave the home team a glimmer of hope for the second half.

Determined to make up for their poor performance in the latter stages of the first half Pacers began to effectively break down the Police man to man marking system whilst ensuring their own defensive play was more effective. Consequently Pacers quickly turned the game around to be leading half way through the third period.  However, with a change to their defensive formation, Police cut out Pacers scoring opportunities and managed to establish a platform for themselves in offence to retake the lead and be ahead by four points, 40-36, at the third break.

In the final quarter Pacers reset their offence and, with patient ball movement, generated the necessary scoring opportunities to bring themselves back into the game and even regain the lead.  Then, in the dying minutes and for the second game running, Pacers out shot their opponents from the foul-line to maintain their lead and win a game that had many twists and turns by just three points, 57-54.

Another very good performance from the Pacers Ladies whose ‘never say die’ team spirit again enabled them to come back from behind on several occasions in the game to secure a well deserved victory.

 

Scorers/Players: E. Ashford 19, L. Wilson 14, A. Sinden 12, J. Hodge 3, L. Baines 3,

S. Ashford 2, K. Lee 2, S. Lee 2 and G. Sinden.


Peelers Secure Runner's Up Spot
Mar 14, 2010, 9:20 pm

A professional display by Peelers saw them secure the Runner's spot in Division II this season with the added bonus of home court advantage for the Play Off semi


Exeter & District Basketball Teams Compete In Their 50th Annual Finals
Mar 2, 2010, 7:04 pm

Police Headquarters, Middlemoor staged the 50th Cup Finals for Exeter & District Basketball Association on Sunday 28th February 2010.

With a crowd watching of approximately 100 people the Annual Cup Finals were a great success with incredible atmosphere for amateur matches.

Special guests this year were Max MATTHEWS and Derek HEADON who started the league 50 years ago, it has evolved into a strong regional competition for both men and women.

Men’s Plate Final

The first game tipped off at 12pm and involved last year’s Plate winners – Exeter Nomads trying to defend their title against Taunton Revolution. Both teams came into the final on a good run of form, placed 4th and 5th in Division I respectively.

Nomads coach – Richard RADFORD sent his team out in a strong press defence from the tip (which they lost) compared to Taunton who decided to stay with a zone defence. The first few offences both teams appeared nervous and were testing one another’s weaknesses, surprisingly it took until the end of the second minute before  a basket was scored and it was James MORGAN from Nomads that broke the deadlock, quickly followed by a long ‘3 point’ shot from Chris SHAKYA giving Nomads a 5 point lead. Captain of Taunton – Marc EGGLETON called for an early ‘time out’ to settle his team’s nerves.

The time out appeared to work with Brett COOPER immediately scoring a basket for Taunton, then however Daniel POLTER for Nomads attacked the basket with drive and was fouled twice in two successive drives – scoring with his second whilst being fouled and hitting two of the free throws to stretch their lead to 7 points. Taunton regained some composure with Brett COOPER again being the main offensive threat for them bringing them within two points of Nomads as the seconds ticked down only to see Carl KNIGHT hit a ‘3 pointer’ for Nomads on the buzzer to finish the quarter 14 – 9 up.

The second quarter started with Taunton managing to break the press defence with several of their players now coming into their own and scoring, 4 points in the quarter for Paul CRAWFORD, a ‘3 pointer’ for captain Marc EGGLETON and again Brett COOPER contributing with 8 points giving them 17 points for the second quarter. However, despite being more consistent on the offence their defence was leaking baskets with Andrew PIKE scoring 4 points, Chris SHAKYA 5 points and  other members of the team contributing to extend their lead at the half way mark to 33 – 26.

The half time break gave EGGLETON time to talk to his players and was obvious that the third quarter was going to be decisive to them. It was, but unfortunately it was Nomads that went on the march winning the quarter 22 – 13, thus extending their lead to 16 points with only a quarter left for them to retain their trophy. PIKE contributed 6 points, and SHAKYA and KNIGHT in on the act with several baskets.

With a considerable lead the final quarter was more about defence for Nomads and not to lose their heads and rush the ball. Their coach’s talk must have worked because they set off with 7 unanswered points – Taunton looked defeated, but Matt ACOTT was having none of it and suddenly found his shooting boots – he finished the quarter with 8 points but unfortunately Nomads were in no mood to lose even this quarter and retained the Men’s Plate by 76 points to 56.

Andrew PIKE was MVP for the match from Exeter Nomads with 20 points, top scorer for the game was Brett COOPER from Taunton Revolution with 24 points.

 

Ladies Cup Final 

This year’s final was between pre-tournament favourites Exeter University against Exeter Eagles with rookie coach – Poppy Whewell. During the season University had beaten Eagles by 30 points in their home match, however more recently Eagles beat University by 1 point in the return fixture last week so home advantage appears to have been the crucial factor – so on a neutral game who was going to step up to the mark?

Eagles won the tip and went straight to the basket with 2 points by Lauren SHAWYER, this was immediately countered by a basket by Rachel FIELD for University. Both teams again exchanged baskets until the 4th minute when suddenly Eagles game clicked and University’s fell to pieces – all Eagles team came up with baskets in a 5 minute spell of 15 unanswered points – surely the match couldn’t be secured so quickly? University Coach – Grant BURRIDGE rang the changes from the sidelines and appeared to have the desired effect with 6 unanswered points to close the first quarter 17 – 10 down.

The second quarter beckoned with University having to make quick work of recovering the deficit, the match suddenly went into overdrive with alternate offences and very weak defence. Points were traded throughout the second quarter to finish 18 all for the quarter and University still down by 7 points at half time, 35 – 28.

University were completely off their game in this final, only one of their team appeared to be shooting with confidence – Rebecca O’SHEA. Similar to the Men’s Plate it was time for University to stand up and be counted for their coach and any chance they had at recovering in this match. The 3rd quarter started very well for University, by the 6th minute they had recovered to be down only by 5 points 43 – 38. It was now time for Exeter Eagles to dig deep, Poppy WHEWELL called a ‘time out’ and spelled it out to her team – who was going to be the one to stand up and be counted or was it to be a team effort? Her words obviously had an effect, as not only were Eagles strong on defence with Emily DUNN leading by example but in the next two minutes SHAWYER hit 8 unanswered baskets and they managed to finish the 3rd quarter extending their lead to 52 – 44.

If Eagles could hold it together at the beginning of the 4th quarter the result was surely a formality, baskets were traded throughout the first 8 minutes which looked to secure the match, University mounted a short period of resistance towards the end but these were ‘snuffed’ out by two well taken ‘time outs’ in the final 2 minutes to disrupt the play.

Eagles won the match and took the Cup 65 – 58. Emily DUNN for Eagles was named MVP, top scorer for the match was Rebecca O’SHEA from University but this game was won by a team effort for Eagles where only one member of the squad did not score meaning the scoring threat was through-out the team and too much for University could contend with.

 

Men’s Cup Final

 

It’s fair to say that Torbay Tigers haven’t been playing consistently well this season in what appears to be a transitional period, they arrived at the Cup Final to play their old rivals Exeter University I to try to retain the Men’s Cup that they have won the last four years – this year seemed a tougher prospect then normal with University out to spoil the party.

Torbay brought a full squad but their strength was their starting five, University won the tip and Josh LEMIN was out to make a point with two ‘3 pointers’ unanswered straight from tip-off. One thing about Tigers is they don’t panic and this start was not going to change that, Rob RUDLING took the mantel and scored 7 points straight back, at the half way stage it was level pegging 9 points apiece. John ELLIS for Tigers then found his mark and between him and RUDLING, Tigers finished with a 20 – 11 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The 2nd quarter looked more equal with a splattering of ‘3 point’ shots and Henry CONRAD and Lloyd BLACKLER (both playing in #21)cancelling one another out it was left to the rest of the team to make an impression. Tigers had 3 players contributing well – ELLIS, RUDLING and Kieron PALMER, University had 2 – Stan HUNG and LEMIN. The half ended with Tigers leading by 11 points, 42 – 31.

Tigers Coach – Norman WALDRON had to make sure that the team stayed focused at the beginning of the 2nd half. He did a good job as the 3rd quarter ended with Tigers extending their lead 62 – 48.

It was surely ‘in the bag’ for Tigers and a mere formality to retain the Cup, especially when in the 3rd minute of the final quarter CONRAD was fouled out of the game, CONRAD called an immediate ‘time out’. Perhaps surprisingly University now seemed to turn up the heat on Tigers, assisted by RUDLING gaining his 5th foul and having to sit the rest of the game out.

University now went on a run of baskets to bring the match back to within 8 points by the 5th minute, 66 – 58. Coach WALDRON was visibly annoyed at his team’s inability to retain possession of the ball and by the 8th minute University had pegged Tigers’ lead back to just 4 points, 70 – 66. Coach WALDRON had had enough and another ‘time out’ called by him to disrupt the play and gain control of his players. I don’t know what was said in the huddle but Tigers came out and quickly scored 3 points to be leading by 6 points going into the final minute. University and Stan HUNG were not finished yet and replied with a quick 4 points to leave Tigers just 2 points up with half a minute left to play.

University had to foul to gain possession of the ball back, they chose Kieron PALMER to foul, and already in foul trouble he went to the line. Now was the time to show what sort of nerves you have as a player, PALMER on the line in the knowledge that if he hit the 2 free throws the game and the Cup would surely be secure, if he missed even 1 of the throws University would more than likely take the game into overtime.

PALMER took the first and hit the shot, a 3 point lead, University would now need a long ‘3 point’ shot to level but still one shot to come, the atmosphere was electric. A turnaround of 12 points so far in this quarter was now all down to 1 throw, he released the ball and everyone’s eyes were on the ring – a ‘swish’ – all ‘string’, PALMER had shown his nerve at the time it was most needed!

The buzzer went and the game was won by Tigers 74 – 70 in a close and highly competitive game.

MVP was John ELLIS for Tigers who also top scored with 24 points, but a mention must go to PALMER who finished the game off with the 2 free throws and a total of 16 points.

Top scorers for University were Stan HUNG 20 points, Josh LEMIN and Henry CONRAD with 16 points apiece.

 

All eyes are now on the final weeks of the League season and the end of season ‘Play Off’ games.


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