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Crime pays as Bullets rob the cops
Oct 21, 2009, 8:28 pm

This Saturday the Broadclyst Bullets ended their losing streak by beating the Devon Peeler’s by just 3 points.

As usual, the game was nice and rough. I don’t think I’m misquoting a Peelers’ player too outrageously when I report that he said words vaguely to the effect of, “We always like playing you lot because we like a physical game, and so do you guys!” Right on!

Certainly the referees had their work cut out, rightly getting the game back into their control with some stern words to the players and coaches Crispin and Rowland alike who should know better!

The game was very close throughout, but the Bullets again suffered their third quarter lapse, allowing the Peelers’ hard work to come to fruition, ending the third quarter with the score tied at 40 apiece.

Ultimately the ruckus in the paint led to both teams reaching team fouls, giving all of us plenty of time to catch our breath in-between bouts. It’s worth noting that the Bullets didn’t do themselves any favours with remarkably Shaq-esque free-throw shooting (ok, me especially), though perhaps neither did the Peelers in their reluctance to use time outs.


H Smalley, for a brilliant all round performance, grabbing rebounds all over the place and scoring 18 points too.

L Taylor for a decent all round game: d-ing up, and scoring some baskets at the end that contributed to a very close finish. 

 Final Score: Bullets 59, Devon Peelers 56

Paddy Garrett

Bridport Fall Victim To Pacers
Oct 20, 2009, 10:29 pm

At the start of this game good transitional work by Pacers enabled the visitors to establish a healthy 13-0 lead within the opening minutes.  For the remainder of the period Pacers tried to set up their offences with good ball movement around the Bridport key.  However a lack of movement off the ball made it difficult to create clear cut scoring opportunities and as a result Pacers added only a further three baskets to their score by the end of the period.   In defence Pacers kept the Bridport offence very much away from their ring, reducing the home team to long range shots.  Right at the end of the period one of those shots was successful but at the end of the first quarter Pacers were comfortably ahead at 19-2.  In the second period Pacers maintained their excellent defensive shape preventing Bridport from adding to their score.  In offence the movement off the ball improved but the passing lacked creativity and so good scoring opportunities were limited, but by half time Pacers had extended their lead to 31-2.  

In the second half Pacers’ good ball movement started to open up the Bridport defence, but the visitors then went through a phase where the ball would not go through the ring no matter how close the shot was.  However a recovery in the latter stages of the third quarter saw Pacers well ahead 45-4 at the break.   The final period saw Pacers defence breached more times than it had been all game, but with baskets flowing at the other end too the lead was extended further for Pacers to eventually win 60-10.


Scorers/Players: Ali Sinden 17, E. Ashford 15, L. Wilson 14, A. Crangle 6,

L. Noble 4, S. Ashford 2 and Amanda Sinden 2.

Tough Going For Plymouth As Pacers Continue Their 100% Record
Oct 20, 2009, 10:26 pm

A very much depleted Plymouth University team, due to commitments the following day in Gloucester, facing an in-form Pacers team was always going to result in a one sided affair.  Pacers dominated the game from the outset making it difficult for the University girls to move the ball over the half way line.  With numerous steals and interceptions coupled with clinical finishing, in particular from Ali Sinden, Jasmine Hodge and Emily Ashford, Pacers raced ahead finishing the quarter 37-0 ahead.  In the second period Pacers defended deep in their half allowing the visitors to mount a structured offence but the home team’s defence was resolute and by half time Plymouth had yet to register a score.  In offence Pacers moved the ball well creating numerous scoring opportunities but the shooting lacked the clinical edge of the previous quarter, apart from Laura Wilson  whose 16 points for the period greatly helped Pacers gain a 63-0 lead at half-time.

The second half saw Pacers play some of their most effective transitional work with Liz Noble and Sandy Ashford rebounding well and sending out the outlet pass to Amy Crangle who either drove to basket to score or released the runners, Jasmine Hodge and Gill Sinden to finish off the move.  With Pacers continuing to be tight in defence the Plymouth University team again failed to trouble the score sheet and so by the end of the third quarter Pacers had extended their lead to 87-0.  A change in the Pacers defensive formation, in the final quarter, to put more pressure on the ball handler in fact led to a little more space close to basket for the University girls.  Seizing their opportunity they scored a couple of baskets.   In offence Pacers were now required by their coach to set up every attacking play but their effective passing through and around the visitor’s defence allowed their steady rate of scoring to be maintained and the100 point mark to be reached well before the end of the game.  By the final whistle Pacers had extended their lead to 105 points to win 109-4; the most one sided of games!


Scorers/Players:  L.Wilson 24, J. Hodge 21, A.Sinden 19, E.Ashford 17,

A.Crangle 14, G. Sinden 8, S. Ashford 4 and L. Noble 2.

Pacers Outstrip Peelers But Only Just!
Oct 20, 2009, 10:22 pm

Peelers are starting to show some true team spirit in their first season in the Exeter and District League. Despite the set backs with serious injuries in the first couple of weeks the team are beginning to show their backbone and fighting spirit.

Pacers with a weakened team were then caused to re-organise when their captain Ali Sinden received her fourth foul in the final minute of the first quarter. Some good free throw shooting by Gemma Twine and Andi Darbey kept Peelers to within 6 points at the end of the first quarter.

Andy Sinden read the riot act to his team during the interval and Pacers came out all guns blazing to finish the half 34 - 19 up and apparently out of sight.

This led to Peelers decided to experiment with some 'plays' in the second half and refreshingly they all started to work, with good outside shooting by Gemma Twine, inside play by Viki Lewandowski and very strong fast defence and quick breaks by Andi Darbey and Kasia Trounce.

Emma Prestwich, Gemma Wilcocks and Viki Constantine all provided excellent support from the bench during their appearances from the bench to keep the score ticking over.

Pacers won 58 - 38 but this was by far the best performance of the season so far for Peelers and the 'work in progress' is starting to show results.

Huskies fall to university for first loss
Oct 15, 2009, 6:29 pm

After starting off their new basketball season in fine form, the Weymouth Huskies came up against their biggest challenge when they faced Exeter University girl’s side at the Weymouth College.


Weymouth still without the injured Nicole Cornish and forward Rosie Flaherty were dwarfed as the visitors looked to field a full squad.


The game began slowly for the home side as they battled to find a way through the taller Uni side to score baskets. After Uni scored successive baskets Weymouth remained to struggle as vice captain Sarah James scored back to back layups to show Weymouth had some ability to score. The remainder for the half remained much the same with James driving to the basket to chip a slight score as the guests kept the pressure ending the half 44 – 13 ahead.


With a tough score line, the second half was all about improving. James was joined by captain Jo Cox in the scoring, also helped along with some strong rebounding from Maria Lochrie. Weymouth continued to fight despite the growing lead and showed flashes of potential as their defence foiled the guests for moments. Lochrie’s continued effort on the rebounding showed the guests they would not go finish the game with their heads down on the 84 – 32 lose.


Coach Fuhrmann "we had to get a lose eventually. With the missing players and some poor decisions we showed a very vulnerable side when facing the stronger teams in the league. I think with some specific training in the coming weeks we can tighten up and at least give them a harder game at their place.”


Scorers/Roster: Sarah James 11, Jo Cox 9, Remy Nurse 6, Ele Johnstone 4, Jayne Guppy 2, Sadie Osborne 2, Maria Lochrie, Rosie Moore, Kirstie Telfer


Oct 14, 2009, 7:43 pm

Newton Abbot Pacers   74

The Pacers got their first win on the road this season in a hard fought game against the Bullets on Saturday. 

The 1st quarter was a tight affair with both teams trading baskets, player coach Roy Courtenay helping the Pacers early on with 8 first quarter points.

Into the 2nd quarter and Broadclyst’s greater experience shone through, pulling out a lead of 13 by closing down Newton Abbot’s offence, restricting them to just 10 second quarter points.  At half time the Bullets lead by 11.

The game was developing into a physical match up with both teams in foul trouble each quarter of the game.  The Pacers relied on the physical presence of Owen Davies, Marcel Muller, John Gentry & Roy Courtenay to block up the middle.  The match simmered nicely and came to the boil once or twice but to the credit of the players and officials never boiled over.

Into the 3rd and the Pacers slowly started to get their offence together lead by an offensive triple threat of top scorer Clark Agambar-Froud on his debut, Alex Wilson & Steve Waters.

By the 4th quarter the Pacers really got into their stride and found some rhythm at both ends of the floor.  Steve Waters delivering an MVP performance for his all action game of defence and offence stepped it up down the stretch.  He helped Newton Abbot score 26 fourth quarter points to take the win by 6.



Clark Agambar-Froud 23, Steve Waters 17 (MVP), Alex Wilson 9, Roy Courtenay 8, Owen Davies 6, Marcel Muller 4, John Gentry 4, John Nicholson 2, Julian Menzies 1, Ed Hanlon & Martin Hull

Revenge is Sweet for Cowboys
Oct 14, 2009, 7:40 pm

After a convincing win last week, Weymouth cowboys basketball team had hoped to get on a roll despite now facing Newton Abbot Pacers who beat them a week previously by 30 points.


With confidence built from their first win, Cowboys were ready to meet their opponents. Led by Julian Lawes the young home side played to their strengths pushing the ball up court and sending the message this would be no 30 point loss. Both teams fought back and forth as no sizable lead could be formed, Weymouth’s harry Williams and Eric Olson linking up to cap off the half keeping the cowboys only 29 – 25 behind.


The second half started with all the hustle and pace as the first half ended. Lawes leading the young team, backed up by Gaz Williams who despite missing multiple outside shots, turned to his inside game to keep the Weymouth side in it. Even though Weymouth were 11 points down mid way through the 3rd period, they kept their work ethic and within 4 minutes of the quarter were able to close the gap to only 1 basket.


With it all to win Weymouth’s newest basketball team raced out of the gates for the final period of play. The guests could only watch as the young team stepped it up another notch, scoring 10 points as the Pacers could only answer with 2 points. Weymouth seemed possessed as they fired on all cylinders continually stealing the ball and converting fast break layups. Olson, Lawes and Williams continued their form along with 6’3 Marco Deters who finally showed why he belonged in the game, all combining to go on a 15 point unanswered run of points to avenge their previous loss to the Pacers 67 – 51.


Coach Alex Fuhrmann "This was a key game of us. Your confidence can get really rocked with a 30 point drumming, but our boys stepped up tonight and used it as motivation to get the win. Julian Lawes and Eric Olson set a fine example to keep the team competitive but it was the determination of the youth core that won us the game."


Roster/Scorers: Julian Lawes 24, Eric Olson 14, Gaz Williams 13, Alex Legg-Saunders 8, Marco Deters 4, Dan Campbell 3, Rob Legg 1, Declan Ridge, Harry Williams, Joel Woolrich.

The Pacers arrived after their long journey to Weymouth full of confidence after their win over the same opposition in the previous week.  However, the match did not follow the script as Newton Abbot faded badly towards the end of the game.

The Pacers were missing some key players including player coach Robin Wilding Webb, Roy Courtenay & Owen Davies – the game was also missing a ref!  The Pacers also gave a debut to young Lee Heywood.

The game was close to half time with Newton Abbot pulling out a lead of 4 points at the half.  They extended this lead to 11 during the 3rd quarter helped by some good offence from Steve Waters & Alex Wilson.  The front court of John Nicholson, Ed Hanlon & Julian Menzies was also working well.  Then the Cowboys went on an 11-4 scoring run to bring the game back to within 2.

Weymouth carried on in the fourth were they left off in the third, continuing to score regularly with some good ball movement and limited the Pacers to just seven 4th quarter points.  A banked 3-pointer with 5 minutes left in the game broke the Pacer’s spirit and the Cowboys finished off the game with 15 unanswered points.

The game was played in a good spirit and very well refereed considering there was only had one official.


Steve Waters 14, Alex Wilson 12, John Gentry 12, Julian Menzies 4, John Nicholson 3, Marcel Muller 2, Ed Hanlon 2, Martin Hull 2, Lee Heywood

Peelers Stop Eagles Soaring So High
Oct 12, 2009, 11:31 pm

These two sides only met a couple of weeks ago with Eagles putting 100 points past Peelers and with a winning margin of 70+ points. It looked fateful in the first quarter with Eagles again starting at a frantic pace leading 21 – 10. However, the remaining quarters did not go the same way. Peelers had worked at breaking the full court press and Eagles were clearly misfiring!

Despite Peelers still missing valuable players with long term injuries they managed to peg any lead each quarter to single figures only. With Gemma Twine MVP and top-scoring for Peelers with 22 points she was amply supported by new to the team Kasia Trounce, Sarah Hodgkinson and Andi Darbey with 25 points. Full support was given by Viki Constantin and Rowena Price to ensure that the match and Eagles did not soar away.

Final score was 73 – 50 to Eagles who were reliant on Shawyer with a match winning 37 points – if only Peelers had got to grip with her the result could have been so different!

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