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21/10/08 Pacers tame the Tigers (MDA)
Jan 25, 2009, 7:44 pm

The opening minutes of this home game for Pacers was a very even affair with both teams able to create the space to take good scoring opportunities and so, half way through the first period Pacers were only slightly ahead at 8-6. However, following a Tigers time out, the game changed dramatically: a change to the Pacers defence resulted in an almost total shut out for the remainder of the period, whilst in offence a quick transition paid dividends with Pacers finishing the quarter 19-7 ahead. During the second period Pacers kept a stranglehold on Tigers offence and with direct play to the basket, particularly from Ronnie Dare, the Newton Abbot team kept their scoring ticking over to impressively finish the half 31-10 ahead.

In the second half Tigers applied greater defensive pressure throughout the court, resulting in a less measured offensive pattern of play for Pacers. Despite this, both inside and perimeter shooting opportunities were generated but a lack of consistency in the shot resulted in low scoring. However in both second half quarters Pacers just edged ahead, 10-8 and 10-7 respectively to consequently win the game 51-25.

Over the opening month of the season the Newton Abbot Pacers Women's team has come together very well with an excellent blend of youth and experience and they have deservedly remained unbeaten in their opening four games.

Scorers/Players: R. Dare 21, A. Sinden 8, L. Baines 7, E. Ashford 6, E. Burford 4, J. Morris 2, S. Lee 2, K. Lee 1, G. Sinden and E. Carlo.

13/10/08 Pacers women triumph in a game of seesaw (MDA)
Jan 25, 2009, 7:40 pm


Playing their third game of the season Pacers took an early advantage over a University team playing their first match. With positive, direct offensive play and a well organised defence Pacers established a match winning lead of 14 points in the first six minutes of the match. The University team gained a little more composure in offence and started to score so that by the end of the first quarter they had recovered a little to be behind 19-7. Another dynamic start to the second period saw Pacers 32-11 ahead early on, largely as a result of excellent shooting from Ali Sinden, Ronnie Dare and Laura Wilson. Whether complacency set in but turnovers, through poor passing and slack defending, enabled University to double their score whilst Pacers added only a single basket to their tally. Consequently, despite the excellent start to the period, Pacers were no further ahead at half time than they had been after the first ten minutes at 43-23. Bizarrely the third period showed the same pattern of scoring. Pacers started the period outscoring the University 12-2, whilst in the second part of the period saw a reversal of fortunes with the home team outscoring Pacers 10-2, resulting in a score of 48-35 at the end of the quarter. At the start of the final period the concern was that if the University team could start a period as well as they had finished the previous two then a very close finale to this match was to follow. However excellent perimeter shooting from Stacey Lee at the start of the fourth quarter ensured that University could not get a foothold back into the game. Then, in the final minutes of the game, Pacers regained their composure in retaining ball possession with some assured passing creating numerous scoring opportunities. This then allowed Pacers to finish the game with a commanding lead, 69-49, much to everyone's relief!

Players/Scoreres: A. Sinden 18, R. Dare 18, L. Wilson 14, S. Lee 8, G. Sinden 5,

J. Morris 4, L. Baines 2 and E. Burford.

06/10/08 Top teams meet for a tight tussle (MDA)
Jan 25, 2009, 7:37 pm


The meeting between last seasons' top two league teams was always going to provide a keenly contested fixture and the game did not disappoint. Pacers settled into their offensive pattern quickly, creating numerous scoring opportunities. Largely through baskets from Katie Lee, Pacers had established a 9-4 lead halfway into the first quarter. However with changes to court personnel Pacers were unable to maintain their intensity in defence and consequently the Police team worked themselves back into the game reducing the arrears to just two points at 11-9. A late flourish of perimeter shots by Pacers, led by Manu Carlo, gave control of the game back to Pacers; 20-11 at the first break.

At the start of the second quarter Police changed their defensive strategy to apply full court man to man pressure. Whilst Pacers were able to break through the pressure to get the ball to the other end of the court, their shooting close to basket became very inconsistent, often failing to put away the closest of shots. As a result Pacers only scored eleven points during the quarter whilst at the other end Police were beginning to master Pacers zone defence and so by half time Pacers lead had been cut to five points; 31-26.

At the start of the second half Pacers switched to a man to man defence in an attempt to put greater pressure on the passing into the taller Police players. However poor off the ball marking gave the Police easy scoring opportunities and they soon went into the lead 31-32, for the first time in the game. A change in Pacers defensive shape quickly shut the door on the Police scoring and, with a little more control in their offensive play Pacers steadily built up a lead again at 41-34. However, with an impressive virtually halfway line shot on the end of period buzzer by the Police point guard, the game was left very much in the balance going into the last period at 41-37.

Early in the final quarter Pacers were able to capitalise on a mismatch in the Police marking system enabling Stacey Lee to score a couple of baskets. This was closely followed by some excellent offensive rebounding by Emily Ashford to enable her to score some baskets which gave Pacers a nine point lead halfway through the period. Typical of this match though, Police fought back again this time reducing the arrears to just four points. However at this point in the game the Police team got into foul trouble, allowing Pacers to go to the foul line for free shots as a result of every subsequent foul. Impressively at this stage of the game Pacers scored six out of six from the foul line with baskets coming from Ronnie Dare, Ali Sinden and Lucinda Baines. Police could not recover from this fine shooting and so on the final buzzer Pacers had a healthy 60-51 winning margin. This was an excellent result for Pacers, culminating from a total team performance, and creating a really strong position on which to build the rest of the season's performances.

Scorers/Players: K. Lee 11, R. Dare 9, A. Sinden 8, E. Ashford 8, E. Carlo 7, S. Lee 6, E. Burford 5, L. Baines 5 and G. Sinden 2.

30/09/08 Winning start for Pacers women
Jan 25, 2009, 7:32 pm


In the first match of the season Pacers dominated the opening minutes of the game with a very tight defence and good ball movement in offence. Although Pacers managed to establish an early 7-0 lead they did not really capitalise on their command of the game, mainly through some slack shooting, and so a 9-4 lead at the end of the first quarter was a poor reward for Pacers control of the game. In the second quarter Jets kept apace with Pacers' scoring, staying just those five points behind, as Pacers still struggled to take the more positive options in offence. However with just two minutes of the half remaining successive baskets from Stacey Lee and Lucinda Baines did manage to extend Pacers lead slightly to be ahead 21-12 at the break.

In the second half, at the start of each quarter, Pacers showed that they could convert pressure into points, particularly through some excellent shooting by Ali Sinden. In those periods of the game Pacers took the scores from 21-12 to 30-14 and from 34-19 to 42-19. From those moments in the game Pacers were able to enjoy a comfortable victory. An excellent way to start this season's league campaign.

Scorers/Players: A. Sinden 14, L. Baines 7, L. Wilson 6, S. Lee 5,

E. Burford 4, K. Lee 3, R. Dare 2, G. Sinden 2, E. Carlo and J. Dare.

Women's Police team suffer another defeat by Tigers
Jan 24, 2009, 9:14 am

Yet again Women's Police struggle to Taunton Tigers. Their first visit saw the team lose by 6 points, missing some of their regular players, yet this game recorded the biggest loss for Police this season - 63 -47. The team struggled with the well drilled Taunton side and excellent shooting. They did not capitalise on the chances they were given and foul trouble did not help when they lost V. Williams early in the third quarter. Lets see if they can turn their play around when Tigers visit them at home on 30 March! Will a home court advantage help?

5 Man Police Do Not Disgrace Themselves in North Devon
Jan 23, 2009, 10:28 pm
       Exeter Police made the long trip to table-topping North Devon with only four fit players and one injured player but came away from the match with everything but disgrace after pushing North Devon all the way. The Police surprised North Devon by playing a man-to-man defence for the entire match from first tip-off and it took North Devon until the second quarter to get used to the defence.
          Despite North Devon being the first team this season to keep Dave Prywata to single figures they had no answer for MVP Mark Leach who with each game is coming back to his old form. North Devon were able to take advantage of some slow marking to gain 3 quick breaks but soon Police took control of the game and spread the ball in the offence using the full 24 second offence each time and leaving Mark Leach to score several 3 pointers from down town.
          In the second half North Devon took control with some good training moves in offence of 'pick and rolls' to take a lead of 11 points into the second half that they didn't look back from. MVP for North Devon was Carl Blair for the second match in a roll with some good driving offences.
          Despite the loss, Police can feel up-beat that they pushed North Devon all the way and the match was far from one way traffic!

Police Shot Down By Own Man From Broadclyst Bullets
Jan 21, 2009, 5:33 pm
         Stu Cavin shot down his own colleagues in the recent match between Broadclyst Bullets and Police. Stu was on target for the Bullets and top scored with 12 points which was enough to defeat a lack-lustre and depleted Police side. Only Dave Prywata and Mark Leach put up any resistance at all with 25 and 13 points respectively with the rest of the squad struggling to find their form.
           The scoreline of 61 - 48 flattered Broadclyst but the Police are going to have to put a full shift in if they are going to stop their fall down the table!

The most frustrated person in the league....
Jan 19, 2009, 1:07 pm
That'll be Broadclyst coach Grant Burridge after yesterday's game against Bridport then! A depleted Broadclyst team travelled to Bridport looking to get back to winning ways after last weeks loss to Torbay in the cup; however an ever enthusiastic Bridport team had other ideas. Bridport came out the more energetic of the two teams and forced some early turnovers. This trend continued for the remainder of the match with a stubborn Broadclyst side refusing to learn from their mistakes and paying the price by giving Bridport possession from silly turnovers which they converted time after time into points. When Broadclyst held onto possession they could not even buy a basket at times and continually missed open shots even from under the hoop. This was a game which in Broadclyst's eyes they should have won and had they done so would have helped them take a step towards securing second place in division 1 at the end of the season which is now looking increasingly unlikely. Bridport deserve credit for winning the fixture as they worked hard at both ends of the court and now have put themselves in a strong position to push for a second place finish.

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