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Eagles skin Peelers!
Sep 29, 2009, 10:46 am

In their first home game of the season Exeter Eagles met up with the new team to the league the Devon Peelers. In a tough uncompromising game the Eagles continued the policy of full court man to man pressure defence for the whole game and came out winners 101-36. Georgina Paul led the Eagles with 24 points and 3 x 3 point shots. Lauren Shawyer the teams top scorer was on holiday and unable to play, but the team picked up the slack in a fast open game. Lu Rich put in her best performance of the year so far with 8 rebounds and six points. Emily Dunn made a return from long term injury with a fine point guard performance hitting a couple of long three pointers and running her unit.

 The ‘Peelers’ it must be said put up a stout performance, never giving in and fighting all the way to the end of the game despite several injured players. 

 Ladies you are a credit.

Eagles team: White, Whewell(Capt), Dunn, Paul, Hopkins, Keating, Gardiner, Mansbridge, Low, Kennaway, Sheldon, Rich.


Two Wins On The Trott For Peelers After Bullets Shot Blanks
Sep 29, 2009, 12:11 am

An impressive display by the Peelers team that for the second game running showed that 'man-to-man' defence was the order of the day.

Despite being down at the end of the first quarter, Peelers finished the first half the stronger and went in to a lead of 36 - 33.

There were numerous excellent all-round performances by the Peelers team including Adam Cooper with 15 points, he also worked very hard on defence with his brother Gareth to keep Bullets away from the bucket.

The second half saw Mark Leach back to his previous self with two '3 pointers' and 4 other baskets in a 6 minute period of the second half to leave Bullets in his wake. Andy Stewart and Tay Christmas then stepped up to the plate and scored 12 points between them to finish the match with a convincing 74 - 61 win.

Dave Prywata once again MVP'd with 20 points but most from outside the key - which if you know him is a change from his normal play.

Next match for Peelers is the return at Broadclyst where Bullets will be out for revenge.

The match was marred by two injuries to Karl Rowland and Shane Johnston which sidelined both players for the majority of the match.

MVP for Bullets was Smally with 27 points but he was unable to carry the team by himself.

Eagles Soaring High Against Peelers
Sep 29, 2009, 12:01 am

Peelers came up against Exeter Eagles who were in no mood to relent on a Peelers side new to the league and competition.

Despite the constant full court press for the duration of the game and multiple substitutions, Peelers did not disgrace themselves in what was only their second game together. It will take more than an aggressive defence to knock the stuffing out of Peelers who showed there was still desire to enjoy the game despite the score line.

There was no time to enjoy the niceties of the game and to attempt to run any plays, however Monique Mustafa showed some good ball control and will be a good addition to the team. Monique picked up the MVP for the game with some solid defence and ball handling skills which unfortunately was cut short by being fouled out in the 4th minute of the final quarter.

A welcome back to Gemma Twine and Claire Moore to the team after missing the first match of the season and was also nice to see Clare Langdon on the sidelines after dislocating her knee in the first game!

Eagles Brought Home To Roost by Pacers
Sep 28, 2009, 11:42 pm

From the outset Eagles set a very high tempo to this game, with rapid changes of personnel on court and playing a full court press defence system.  During the first quarter Pacers inbounded the ball well and created space to score at the other end but the extra pace of the game generated too many unforced errors.  As a result, by the end of the first ten minute period Pacers had a meagre six points to their credit.   In defence Pacers were working with intensity, limiting scoring opportunities, reducing Eagles to scoring on only four occasions.  However three of those baskets were from outside the 3-point line and so at the end of the first quarter Eagles held the advantage at 11-6.

The start of the second period did not see an improvement in Pacers scoring rate and with Pacers now turning the ball over in their back court the visitor’s high pressure game plan was beginning to pay off as they extended their lead to 13 points.  Following a Pacers time out the home team started to move the ball in more effective lines and the nature of the game changed.  Pacers now dominated proceedings to such an extent, with Laura Wilson and Ali Sinden showing good shooting form during this period, that they recovered the deficit by half time and were ahead 30-29 at the break. 

In the second half Pacers maintained their good ball movement opening up the Eagles defence to maintain a good scoring rate.  Defensively Pacers were giving nothing away close to basket but another batch of 3- point scores meant that Pacers could not really extend their lead. As a consequence by the end of the third quarter Pacers had edge only slightly further ahead at 47-44.  The final period became quite a dramatic affair as the scoring ebbed and flowed.  Pacers scored the first basket of the period extending their lead to five points.  Eagles came back scoring the next two baskets to reduce the arrears to one point.   Pacers then extended the lead to seven points with baskets from Leah Beevers.  Time for Eagles to come back again before Emily Ashford scored a couple of baskets to re-establish Pacers seven point lead.  Then with another 3-point score from Eagles’ ‘player of the match’, Georgina Paul, and a further basket by Eagles the game entered the final minute with Pacers being just two points ahead.  Emily Ashford again put the ball through the hoop and with Pacers then picking up the rebound from the following Eagles offensive play, they were then able to run the clock down with some calm passing moves to finally win the game 61-57.  All connected with Pacers were greatly relieved to have finished ahead after such a frenetic game.


Scorers/Players: L. Beevers 16, L.Wilson 15, A. Sinden 11, E.Ashford 10, C. Small 4,

L. Baines 2, S. Lee 2, K. Lee 1 and G. Sinden

Bandits poach Tigers win.
Sep 27, 2009, 10:13 am

Broadclyst Bandits looked to continue their good early season form with the always formidable opponents of Torbay Tigers. This fixture was always going to be a good test for the new look Bandits who have acquired a number of new players over the summer break. They also went into the game without Ashley Crispin, the clubs MVP of last season who is out for the foreseeable future and starting point guard Dave Holt who is struggling to read his watch at the moment!

Broadclyst started the game strongly with taking an early 11 – 4 lead thanks to some strong inside play, both teams then traded baskets for the remainder of the quarter with the home side taking the advantage going into the break with a 19 – 11 lead. As is always the case with a wounded tiger, Torbay came out fighting with some typically strong defence to claw back at the bandits lead. Offensively they also looked stronger with Rudling leading the way with 7 points in the quarter to help the visitors level the scores 30 – 30 at half time.

Both teams came out looking to stamp their authority on the game in the 3rd by playing strong aggressive defence. Broadclyst again managed to gain a foothold on the game thanks to some strong inside play from MVP Thomas Misiunas and fast break finishing by Henry Little. With three minutes left in the game Coach Waldron placed his team into a well organised full court press which stifled Broadclyst’s attempts to get the ball down the court effectively. Luckily for the home team, Torbay failed to capitalise on the turnovers they forced and made a number of uncharacteristic errors themselves allowing Broadclyst to hang on for a well fought 61 – 55 victory. After the game Broadclyst’s coach Grant Burridge commented “it is always a great feeling to beat Torbay Tigers and it is particularly pleasing that we have managed it so early in the season, especially as we have a number of new young players who are fitting into the squad well”.

Could the Tigers be loosing their crown as king of the jungle? or will they retreat to lick their wounds and come back stronger than ever, one thing is for sure, Nomads will find out this Thursday!

Bridport Divas Suffer Heartbreak of One Point Loss
Sep 25, 2009, 8:09 pm

A battling performance from player coach Gwen Alner was not enough for Bridport Ladies as they suffered an agonising one point defeat in their opening game of the season.

Bridport arrived at the game with just six players in their squad facing a nine strong Weymouth team.

Bridport knew their fitness could be a problem but were confident having already beating the visitors in a recent friendly.

Bridport’s confidence showed as debutant Kate Symes opened the scoring with a four point scoring run. Jodie Glover and Gwen alner then picked up the baton, trading baskets to put the side ahead 21-11 at the end of the first half.

Bridport began to fade in the second half and scored just four in the third quarter as Weymouth clawed back the points. Guppy became unstoppable for the Weymouth side and picked up 10 points in the third quarter alone.

Gwen Alner led her team valiantly, the coach kept the home sides scoring going and battled hard with a very physical visiting team.

Alner raised spirits at the end of the third quarter with a three point shot to bring Bridport within four points of Weymouth.

In the final quarter Alner and Glover both scored again to bring Bridport within one point with two minutes to play.

Both sides missed a host of chances in the dying stages and Weymouth were relieved when the buzzer came.

 16-year-old Jodie Glover was awarded the most valuable player award for Bridport and ball handler James won the award for Weymouth.


Players and scorers – Alner 17, Jodie Glover 11, Symes 4, Antinoro, Faircloth, Nobes

Bridport Suffer Early Season Defeat at Jaws of Tigers
Sep 25, 2009, 8:06 pm

Bridport’s new season began with a loss despite an MVP performance from returning centre Michael Cox.

Bridport started brightly taken the lead early on, punishing Torbay with their trademark fast break.

Towards the end of the first quarter the visitors found their shooting and pulled away from Bridport with some effective three-point shooting.

Torbay were physically much bigger and stronger than their opponents and used this too their advantage. Torbay reached team fouls in the final three quarters, which disrupted Bridport’s fast paced style of play and kept them from starting a scoring run.

With Bridport trailing they took the opportunity to field some of their young players. Ollie Everitt impressed causing Torbay trouble with his dribbling and passing. The young ball handler just needs a little confidence when it comes to taking the final shot.

The visiting coach awarded Michael Cox with the most valuable player award. The centre was strong on the boards at both ends and the visitors struggled to contain him at times as he picked up 12 points.

Bridport pushed right to the end with Tony Glover and coach James White both scoring at the death to cap off a promising start to the season for the Bridport team.


Players and scorers – Cox 12, White 11, Sorrell 7, Park 7, Tony Glover 7, Hughes 4, Everitt, Robertshaw, Goddard, Gray, Farmer,  Reid

Early Season Blues for the Police at the Hands of Pacers!
Sep 23, 2009, 8:06 pm

With a much earlier start this year to the Exeter and District Basketball League, due to the new end of season play-off schedule, Pacers entered their first game very much under-prepared following just a couple of training sessions. However, against last season’s league runners-up, Exeter Police, Pacers made a very positive start; they were 6-0 ahead after the first minute! This great start was the result of effective penetration to basket against the Police’s man to man marking system, especially by Emily Ashford. Police quickly narrowed the gap to just two points but after that the remainder of the quarter belonged to Pacers: their pressurised defending and excellent rebounding limited Police to just one further point for the period whilst Pacers’ offence had a good balance between perimeter shooting and driving to basket. Consequently at the end of the first ten minute period Pacers were 14-5 ahead.

At the start of the second quarter Police could not put the ball through the hoop and with Pacers still being very creative in offence they extended their lead to 21 points. Although Police did start to find their scoring touch later on in the period by half time Pacers were looking good at 30-13 ahead.

In the second half however Pacers’ lack of pre-season preparation began to show as tired decision making against the full-court press played by Police led to a number careless turnovers and it was Pacers turn to struggle to find the ring. As the gap between the two teams started to reduce Police began to sense they could get back in the game. However crucial baskets from Laura Wilson and Ali Sinden late in the third quarter restored a sense of calm and Pacers reached the end of the period 13 points ahead, 42-29.

With Pacers scoring the first four baskets of the final period they secured the outcome and could enjoy the remainder of the game, keeping possession of the ball for as long as possible thereby denying Police any chance of a quick run of baskets. Pacers therefore finished the match with a comfortable 57-37 victory: an excellent result for the first game of the season and one based on the ladies shooting prowess.


Team: Laura Wilson (17); Leah Beavers (14); Ali Sinden (12); Emily Ashford (10); Katie Lee (4); Sandy Ashford and Gill Sinden.

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