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Peelers Secure Play-Off Spot
Mar 2, 2010, 2:23 pm

In what was an important game for both sides to have a chance at home court advantage for the Play-Off semis and to secure a place in the end of season play-offs, let alone the fact that of the two matches so far this season both teams had won one match each - this match was always going to go to the wire!

Peelers had a seriously weakened team with only 7 players with University II bringing a full squad - it was obvious they meant business.

The first quarter started at a frantic pace for University with two quick baskets and a third before Karl ROWLAND scored Peelers first points in the 3rd minute. Peelers were struggling throughout this quarter to sink a basket and looked like their hangover from the Broadclyst game was going to continue. Josh CARTER was on fire for University with his cuts from the top of the key causing problems and leading to University finishing the quarter 17 - 9 up.

The second quarter started well for Peelers with Adam and Gareth COOPER combining well to score 7 points before the 4th minute then Dave PRYWATA turned on his shooting boots and finished the quarter with 10 points cutting Univerity's lead to 36 - 30.

There was still a lot of work for Peelers to do to stay in this match, they reverted to their starting five for the 3rd quarter and ending the quarter with a '3 point' shot by Dave BUCKLEY finished leading by 5 points, 45 - 50.

University are a dangerous team when they are behind and they were no difference in this team, Peelers rotated their bench players and the energy of these players paid off at the beginning of the final quarter, by the 6 minute mark they had extended their lead to 50 - 63 restricting University to just 5 points in 6 minutes.

Unusually Peelers called the 'time out', this was used by the coach to ensure that they didn't panic, his words worked - they finished the match convincingly winning by 16 points, 77 - 61.

MVPs were Josh CARTER for University, and Adam COOPER for Peelers, top scorer's were Dave PRYWATA 29 points, Gareth COOPER 23 points - has Dave PRYWATA come back on form just in time for the end of the season, the Peelers hope so, he also hit 100% from the free throw line.

An invitation to the end of season competition beckons for Peelers.

Play - Offs here we come!


Taunton Take Last Visit of Bridport In Their Stride
Feb 27, 2010, 9:35 pm

In the last meeting between these teams for the year, Taunton had only 5 players available for the game. The Taunton team knew that this younger side had showed spirit and energy beating them in a previous game so it wasn't going to be easy. At the start Bridport struck first, and Taunton quickly responded. In the first quarter Matt Acott sank a three, Brett Cooper took the ball inside and Marc Eggleton hit three consecutive three pointers to give them a 22-13 lead. In the second quarter, Eggleton continued to be hot from outside, and at halftime he would be 6 out of 8 from long range. Bridport Guard Sorrell tried to keep his team in the game with his outside shooting, but at the half Taunton were up 46-27.

In the second half Taunton would have to withstand a push from Bridport which would bring them to within 9 points, surprising the Revolution. After re-grouping and stepping up the
defence, Taunton remained on track. Excellent play from Steve Evans and Paul Crawford on the defensive boards, and on offence, gave the Revolution a big boost. Brett Cooper and point guard Matt Acott took advantage of their scoring opportunities and contributed well inside and outside. Cooper hit 5 straight three's in the second half, and Acott had 10 points in the fourth to secure the victory. Final score 100-79. Scorers and stats - Brett Cooper 37 (5 assists, 4 steals), Marc Eggleton 23 (10 reb's, 6 assists), Matt Acott 21 (11 assists, 8 reb's), Paul Crawford 12 (16 reb's), Steve Evans 7 (11 reb's).


Exeter Police Prevent Two Wins In A Week For Weymouth
Feb 25, 2010, 10:37 pm

Weymouth Huskies 38

Exeter Police 75

 

Despite a convincing win over Plymouth University this weeks home game was a clear defeat for the Weymouth Huskies. Only fielding 5 players Exeter who are currently joint top of the Exeter and District League showed they had strength and experience on their side. A rewarding 2 shots for Carly Dean after being fouled put Weymouth onto the scoreboard in the first quarter. Some determined lay-ups by Jo Cox, Jayne Guppy and Nicole Cornish gave Weymouth the come back and confidence they were after and at the end of the 1st Quarter were 1 point ahead.

However, the 2nd Quarter did not bode as well for the Huskies who struggled to break through the Exeter defence. The only delight came from Rosie Moore who pulled a 3 pointer out of the bag in the closing seconds. 2nd Quarter ended with Exeter on a 13 point lead and Weymouth needing a new tact.

A change in defence for the Weymouth side and an inspiring half time talk from coach Che Osborne and Weymouth got back into the game. Some aggressive rebounding by Rosie Flaherty and quick passing enabled Jo Cox and Ele Johnstone to to take advantage of fast breaks which tied the third quarter 8 points a piece.

Just like the 2nd Quarter the 4th was a different story for the Weymouth side as Exeter too changed tact to a full court press. The Weymouth team just couldn’t stop the run of lay-ups despite efforts they were close to being in foul trouble. Fortunately for Weymouth, the Exeter side were not so strong on their free-throws, though it wouldn’t have made too much difference as the Exeter team won 75-38.

 

POINTS/ROSTER: Cox 12 (MVP), Cornish 8, Moore 7, Guppy 4, Johnstone 4, Nurse 2, Dean 1, Osborne, Blackwood, Flaherty.


Plymouth Uni Suffer After Long Trip To Weymouth
Feb 25, 2010, 10:36 pm

Plymouth University  25

Weymouth Huskies 36

 

Weymouth Huskies celebrated yet another win in their first season in the Exeter and District League. Rosie Flaherty started the run of points to put Weymouth 6 points ahead in the opening minutes with 3 consecutive lay-ups. Plymouth University had little come back but silly mistakes by Weymouth enforced the ball into the Plymouth sides hands and at the end of the 1st Quarter Weymouth had only a 2 point lead.

Desperate to rectify the mistakes saw Huskies put out a strong offence which allowed Nicole Cornish and Jo Cox to increase the lead by a further 6 points.

By the 3rd quarter Weymouth Huskies were clearly dominating the game and with that changed defence to man-to-man marking, which from previous games had been a weaker option. The defence worked well and again left Plymouth University with a lot of work to make up the 13 point lead with thanks to Rosie Moore and her two consecutive 3 pointers.

Despite the 4th Quarter marking a come back from the Plymouth side it was too little too late and with confident lay-ups from Remy Nurse and Rosie Flaherty the Huskies finished the game in the same style as the start. Final score 36-25.

 

POINTS/ROSTER: Flaherty 14 (MVP) Moore 6, Nurse 6, Cox 4, Cornish 4, Johnstone 2, Blackwood, Osborne, Dean.


Revolution Back To Winning Ways
Feb 11, 2010, 9:06 pm

The Revolution team played North Devon for the final time this year on 1st Feb. With their new interim Coach Brian Wooley on board, and a slightly different approach, expectations were positive. At the start neither team found the basket. Taunton managed to kick start their scoring after a few minutes with guards Cooper and Eggleton hitting from long range, and centre Crawford working hard inside for early points. With some solid defence, Taunton held an 18-8 lead after one. North Devon would make a run in the second period to close the gap, but Taunton would be up 30-24 at the half.
 
The Revolution dominated the third quarter and tried to establish a more consistent running game. Crawford continued to play well inside, and on the fast break, and the whole rotation of players such as Rowe, Burke, Hinchliffe, Evans and Briggs all played an important part. With one last push from the visitors towards the end the Revolution stayed tough. At the point, Acott finished the game well with hard-nosed defence and taking advantage of scoring opportunities. Final score was 67-49. A true team effort reflected in the points distribution. Points and Stats – Cooper 17, Crawford 15 (12 reb), Eggleton 12 (5 assists, 6 reb), Acott 11 (11 reb), Hinchliffe 6, Briggs 3, Rowe 2, Burke 1.


Police Show The Way To Peelers
Feb 11, 2010, 9:03 pm

Police wanted to prove to Peelers they can play better than they had done previously against them – 55– 24. S Blackburn from Police opened the score line scoring a basket in the first minute. It then went basket for basket until Peelers G Twine scored a three pointer to edge a lead of 1 point. They only held the lead for a short spell before Police found their feet scoring several baskets on the trot.

G Twine then responded with a further three pointer closing the first quarter 19-12. Police continued to edge away however Peelers Monique then scored a three pointer. Peelers looked as though they could claw back the advantage Police had gained by scoring three pointers!

However this was not to be fast breaks and excellent outside shooting by Police ended the second quarter 41-15. Third and fourth quarters also won by Police 17-6 and 17-3 closing scoreline win to Police 75-24.

Top scorer and MVP for Police was K Cridland. MVP for Peelers went to A Darbey.


Champions Elect Pacers Have To Endure Overtime To See Off Cowboys
Feb 11, 2010, 9:00 pm

It’s been a roller coaster season for Weymouth’s newest adult basketball team. Starting with a string of wins at the beginning of the season then followed by as many losses, it certainly has been a test for the young side. With all but 1 of their games remaining the final game would see them match up against league leaders the Newton Abbot pacers.

 

With only 8 players the Weymouth side didn’t exactly have the best start to the game going down by several points and saw the home side gain confidence against the short handed cowboys. All was not lost as the close of the 1st period saw things change for the visitors as they picked up their form to close the lead to 5 points through baskets from Adam Bradley and Rob Legg. As the 1st half continued the Weymouth side suddenly took flight as veterans Alex Fuhrmann and Julian Lawes hit 4 baskets each to take the lead at half time 38 – 36.

 

The second started just were the cowboys’ left off, with Fuhrmann and Lawes again hitting baskets, joined this time by Budmouth stand out Gaz Williams all together going on an incredible 17 point unanswered scoring run. As the top team in the league the Pacers were not ready to lie back as they went on their own scoring run and got back to within single digits. As the game continued the Pacers maintained their run taking back the lead but Weymouth clawed back once again, led by 3 straight 3 point shots from Lawes. With seconds left though the Pacers managed to equalize and as the final buzzer went, sending the game to over time 74 - 74.

 

In over time it was the league leaders that struck first as they went to a quick 4 point lead, but the young Weymouth stayed cool as they responded with 3 baskets from Fuhrmann but it was not enough as Newton Abbot made vital free throws to end the game 86 – 89.

 

Cowboys Player/Coach Alex Fuhrmann, ‘what a great game to finish the season on. We certainly could have won but the important thing is we went out there, played a great game of basketball against the leagues best and showed how well we can do. The pacers were a great bunch of guys and we very much looking forward to making up against them next season or in the playoffs’.

 

Scorers/Roster: Alex Fuhrmann 28, Julian Lawes 26, Gaz Williams 10, Adam Bradley 8, Marco Deters 7, Rob Legg 3, Connor Doherty 2, Dan Campbell 2.


Eagles Push Pacers All The Way
Feb 11, 2010, 8:57 pm

NEWTON ABBOT PACERS 68

 

EXETER EAGLES                              61

 

 

Ali Sinden scoring the opening basket in the first minute of this game was just the lift in confidence Pacers needed to believe that they could compete against an Eagles team containing pace and height in abundance.  The following minutes saw Pacers trying to cope with a higher intensity game than usually experienced and were continually called up for fouling, particularly when Eagles players were shooting.  However Eagles did not take advantage of the uncontested shot as their success rate was less than 50% from the foul line.  Whilst Eagles scoring was generally moving up in ones, Pacers used their overload offence to good effect, scoring some excellent perimeter shots and so at the first break held a slender lead at 16-15.  In the second period Pacers managed to avoid giving away so many foul line shots and with good defensive intensity on the ball limited Eagles to few scoring opportunities.  At the other end of the court quick transitional work and continued excellent perimeter shooting from Stacey Lee kept Pacers score moving along and by half-time had the visitors had earned a small lead at 34-27.

At the beginning of the second half Pacers made the slightly better start managing to extend their lead to 10 points.  The remainder of the period then degenerated into a succession of foul line shots as both teams were now overstepping their defensive responsibilities.  Although Eagles had the slightly better shooting success rate, by the end of the quarter Pacers still held the advantage at 55-46. At the start of the final period Pacers just could not score, despite creating clear cut opportunities and with a resurgent Eagles team, the visitors soon found themselves behind 55-56 as Eagles scored 10 unanswered points. A basket from Jasmine Hodge put Pacers back in front and from that moment onwards it was Eagles who were in trouble with the referees for fouling.  With a success rate of eight out of ten from the foul line Pacers were able to extend their lead to eventually win 68-61.

With 55 fouls called during play this game certainly had intensity, but it was enthralling from start to finish.  The win over a very talented team was born out of great team spirit, the desire not to lose and the ability to shoot so calmly when it really mattered; an excellent Pacers performance from the whole team.

 

Scorers/Players:  S. Lee 18, J. Hodge 12, A. Sinden 11, L. Wilson 10, L. Baines 9,

E. Ashford 5, S. Ashford 2, G. Sinden 1, L. Noble and E. Koenders. 


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