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University I Prove a Tough Nut To Crack!
Nov 10, 2009, 6:14 pm

Taunton Revolution played the undefeated University side on 26th October. Taunton took the early lead by playing tough defence against the younger opposition. Good offensive starts for Cooper with 7 points and Gladys with 6 in the first quarter, would see Taunton lead at the end of quarter 1 18-14. University stepped up their defence forcing the Revolution into turnovers and few easy scoring opportunities. University kept edging closer, and would eventually snatch the lead 26-28 at halftime. In the third this continued, and the Revolution fought back to be down 40-45 at the top of the fourth. Again the University team would take advantage of their consistent team play and shooting ability from mid range to increase their lead to as many as 12 points. In the final few minutes a Revolution press led to steals and scores putting the University team under pressure, but solid free throw shooting for Uni sealed the game with a final score of 59-67. Top scorers were Brett Cooper with 24 points & Tad Gray (MVP) with 13 points and 4 huge blocks on defence.

Executive Ruling on Nov 2nd Match between Peelers and University II
Nov 5, 2009, 6:55 pm

The Executive met last night to discuss the match between Devon Peelers and Exeter University II on November 2nd 2009.

It was found that a player for Exeter University participated in the game when he wasn't registered to that team and under a different number.

The Executive have ruled that the result of the match will be University II to lose by default and the result to be shown as such as the sanction for the breach of rules 3.6 and 5.5.


Holt proves the youngsters wrong!
Oct 31, 2009, 11:01 pm

On paper this should have been a one sided affair with the Bandits physically much stronger and far more experienced then their opponents, however Bridport hadn’t read the script!

For the first time this season Broadclyst sported their new gold kit sponsored by Richard Williams Surveying Services. Perhaps they felt because they were in gold they should automatically win but Bridport came out the stronger of the two teams taking an early 6 – 0 lead led by Bridport MVP Sorrell. However point guard Holt showed that he is far from past it and dragged his team kicking and screaming to take a slender 23 – 20 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second, both teams continued to trade baskets with the Broadclyst big men starting to take control on the offensive end but unlike last week they failed to dominate at the defensive end and to their credit Evolution stopped the home team from extending their lead and kept the half time score to a very respectable  38 – 35 in favour of the home team.

In the second half Broadclyst stepped up the tempo and started to turn the screw on the visiting side led once again by point guard Holt showing his experience and control under pressure; I take back my comments last week, he proved to us all that he can still play for the whole match and keep up the tempo throughout and in my opinion provided  that little bit extra when the Bandits needed it!

In the end the Broadclyst 'Richard Williams Surveying Services' Bandits ran out comfortable winners 83 – 56 but Bridport did themselves proud and proved that they are a rapidly improving team and can live with the big boys following their brave new selection policy which they should be applauded for.

MVP: Tomas Misiunas, 25 points (Dave, you were my favourite!)

Peelers Knock Cowboys From Their Stride
Oct 30, 2009, 2:18 am

They say that a good team’s performance is based on it’s defence – this match proved the point as Peelers travelled to Portland to end Weymouth Cowboy’s three match running streak. This was a true team performance in all meanings of the word with a team of eight MVPs, in offence they had Dave Prywata with 25 points and Adam Cooper with a massive 32 points and ably supported by Gareth Cooper with 15 points, but as I said at the beginning this match was won by the defence.

Peelers went back to last year and started the match in a ‘zone’ defence, this allowed them to end the quarter 2 points up. Cowboys whose coach Alex Fuhrmann led from the front with 20 points soon got to grips with the zone defence and ended the half 36 – 31 up and looking to extend their unbeaten run.

Peelers changed tact in the second half and reverted to a ‘man’ defence, this had an outstanding effect on the game – from the 3rd minute of the 3rd quarter until the end of the match allowed Cowboys only to score 9 points to Peelers 42 points. The ‘key’ threat was controlled by Karl Rowland, Shane Johnston and Dave Prywata and when Cowboys could find no inside shot the hard working defence of Marcin Zaczynski, Dave Buckley, Tay Christmas and Gareth and Adam Cooper who appeared to double teamed every player!

A solid performance by Peelers after their last hiccup at Broadclyst but I’m sure Cowboys will be back on the winning trail soon!

Tigers Roll Over Revolution
Oct 27, 2009, 8:51 pm

Taunton Revolution travelled away to play Division One rivals Torbay Tiger on 15th October.

At the start both sides came out shooting well. The Revolution, led by Brett Cooper and Matt Acott would establish a good pace early and finish the first period of play tied with Torbay on 25 points. Torbay’s persistence on defence paid off, as they rotated their players to slow the Revolutions’ scoring.

By halftime Torbay began to demonstrate their quality team play and consistent shooting and took the lead 39-47. In the second half Taunton continued to move the ball well, but despite some passing and opportunities from the Revolution, the Tigers remained consistent and answered any scoring runs with points of their own. Taunton failed to close the gap, and with a flurry of points in the final minutes Torbay would seal the game 60-82.

 Scorers on the night for Taunton were Cooper 21, Eggleton 12, Acott 11, Crawford 5, Gladys 4, Heath 2, Rowe 2, Thompson 2, Evans 1.

Missed Opportunties Costs Taunton Dear
Oct 27, 2009, 8:47 pm

Taunton Revolution Basketball hosted their first meeting of the year against Broadclyst on 19th Oct. In the first quarter Revolution stepped up to the challenge from the current league leaders. Brett Cooper came out firing on all cylinders, and Martyn Gladys contributed with early points.

Paul Crawford played big inside and pulled down the rebounds helping Taunton to an early lead 19-16 at the end of the first quarter. By half time Taunton’s strong defence continued to surprise the bigger Broadclyst, but the visitors stayed tough to close the half with Taunton still slightly ahead 37-34. In the second half Taunton lost focus slightly, and some early points from Broadclyst including a three point barrage from ex-revolution player Ben Williams (Broadclyst MVP) would enable them to take the lead.

Taunton played through the errors and found their stride once again, but mistakes and missed opportunities meant that the score was tied for most of the third quarter. In the last session, Broadclyst began to take advantage of the smaller Taunton team, earning points from good inside play and from the free throw line.

Following some costly Taunton errors and poor shot selection in the final minutes Broadclyst took the game 70-76.

Top scorers were Cooper with 24 points and Acott (MVP) with 21.

Bandits send Nomads on their travels.
Oct 26, 2009, 8:03 pm

Both teams were missing a number of key players for this first round cup match and due to this the home side had a clear height advantage but the visitors would always be dangerous if they were allowed to fast break.

 The first period saw both teams trade baskets in what was a quick and competitive encounter with some good basketball from both sides, however the home team returned to the bench at the end of it with a 22 – 18 lead. The second period saw a more focused a determined Bandits team on the floor and they took control on both ends of the court. Notable performances came from Ben Williams who made 5 steals in the half against his old team with some good solid defence and the ever reliable Tomas Misiunas who was just too big and strong inside for the smaller Nomads.

 Going into the third the Bandits had opened the lead up to 15 and from there on never looked like losing the game. Both teams struggled to score in the third with Broadclyst again coming out on top and extending their lead into the last period. Nomads came out fighting in the 4th and put full court pressure on the home side who failed to extend their lead against it until a well taken timeout let them gather their composure and regroup. Towards the end of the game Nomads looked lost for ideas on how to score against the big men of Broadclyst and became more and more frustrated as time and time again they were kept out of the paint by the big quartet of Plant, Kirk, Misiunas and Watts. In the end Broadclyst ran out easy and well deserved winners 86 – 51.

Will Broadclyst meet their second team in the next round of the cup or will Torbay get the chance to avenge their early defeat to the Bandits, whoever they face they will certainly have to hope that their injury crisis eases;  I’m not sure point guard Holt can last the pace playing for the full game at his age!


Broadclyst: T. Misiunas who was big on the boards at both ends and finished with 17 points.

Nomads: S. Lambert who as ever was strong at the defensive end and crashed the boards well offensively.

Cowboy's Manage 3 In A Row
Oct 23, 2009, 7:19 pm

In their fifth game of the season is was hoped that the young Weymouth cowboys team would of found their feet and not need rely on veterans to bolster the score. It’s not quite the case, but they looked to be getting there when they were hoping for their 3rd victory in a row when Exeter uni 3rd team came to visit.


From the tip off Weymouth reverted to the defence that gained them the previous wins, with quick thinking and team mentality. Che Osborne who is fighting fitness getting back into the first team and regular basketball was a corner stone for the

Cowboys as he found scoring from Gaz Williams and Marco Deters. Exeter uni would however fight back, seemingly finding an answer for every Weymouth advance. Weymouth closed the first half well with strong defensive rebounding from Rob Legg and Sam Hepburn despite a last second three from Exeter of an inbounds pass and closing the half 29 – 26.


With the game still at their grasp Exeter uni came out aggressively hitting the Weymouth side with 3 baskets cutting the lead to only 2. With a quick time out the Cowboys quickly made adjustments and put in a slightly taller line-up to attempt a bully tactic against the smaller Exeter side. The change worked as Weymouth went back to their strong defence which gave the offence an opportunity to run, spearheaded by Harry Williams and Deters. The game was then given a humorous break as veteran Weymouth referee Tim Kingman tripped over him self to the amusement of the spectators and both team. With the minutes going down, Weymouth took their time and turned to veteran Eric Olson who consistently used his mismatch in the low post to score and then find Deters under neither the basket. Exeter did stay defiant till the end, but Gaz Williams continued his current form and finished the visitors off with the final 5 points of the game, ending the game with a 61 - 55 win.


Coach Julian Lawes "all 10 players had decent minutes tonight, showing we can work as a team and put up the result. No one had a bad game, though we do need to be sure we can put up a little more than 61 points if we want a shot at the cup and/or stay top of the league."


Roster/Scorers: Gaz Williams 19, Marco Deters 9, Che Osborne 8, Alex Legg-Saunders 7, Eric Olson 7, Harry Williams 4, Declan Ridge 4, Rob Legg 2, Sam Hepburn 1, Joel Woolrich.

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