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North Devon win in overtime.
Nov 9, 2008, 10:47 am
North Devon, complete with their big money summer signings travelled to Broadclyst looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season. In a scrappy first half North Devon won both quarters to lead 23 - 13. With both teams missing numerous free throws this could have easily been very different. After the break Broadclyst started to look more organised and began to take back control of the game helped by some good defence by O'Conner and three 3 pointers by MVP Smalley. With 20 seconds left on the clock Blair was sent to the line for North Devon, missed the first but managed to hold his nerve scoring the second to tie the game 40 - 40 sending it to overtime. North Devon then showed more composure in the extra period to seal the victory 40 - 44.

Newton Pacers win re-match
Nov 5, 2008, 12:09 am
           Newton Pacers managed to over-turn the Police's win on their home court. This was the second match in a week between the two sides, the win leaves the series drawn with one win  a piece, once again this was a well contested match in good spirit spoilt only by one spectator shouting to put off a free throw in the third quarter!
           The Police started off where they finished the last game and quickly took an 18 - 12 lead with a succession of three point shots from Mark Leach, Graham 'Buster' Brown and MVP Chris 'Milkshake' Smoothy. The second quarter was all even 10 all at the close, Pacers had done their homework on Dave Prywata and were the first team to stop him scoring - however with one stopped Oli Kightley stepped up his game alongside Chris Smoothy - the half finished with a slender 6 point lead for the Police.
           In the thrid quarter, everything went wrong for the Police, Pacers put on a strong press defence and the Police managed to turnover the ball at least 10 times, and when they did manage to get towards the basket the ball suddenly took on it's soap like outer shield and lay-ups were missed. Police were paying in full for their poor play and lost the quarter 20 - 6!
           Despite a rally in the middle of the final quarter with 11 unanswered baskets to the Police Pacers held on and closed out the match deservedly 61 - 53. Despite being fouled off in the final quarter Roy Courtney was Pacers MVP with some good strong plays and rebounds.

Uni 1 off to impressive start
Oct 28, 2008, 11:23 am

Exeter University 1 played their first game of the season away to Broadclyst Bandits looking impressive throughout. Broadclyst, still missing Crispin through injury looked poor throughout turning the ball over on numerous occassions giving the uni team easy fast break opportunities. Already Uni 1 look as though they will be serious contenders for the league 1 title despite the majority of the team being new this year. MVP for Exeter Uni was H. Conrad who controlled the game well from the point and helped by J. Berends who scored a game high 25. MVP for Broadclyst: T. Misiuras (16 points)


Police return to winning ways....
Oct 28, 2008, 12:46 am
         The men's Exeter Police team returned to home court and found winning ways again. This was a good tempered, well reffed game between two equally balanced teams both with players missing. The first quarter started well with Police taking a 14 - 12 lead into the break. The second quarter was a completely different scenario though with Newton Pacers coming out strong and with one minute left in the quarter Pacers were leading 32 points to 20.
            It's not quite sure what shook the Police into life, it could have been the apparently unstoppable Dave Prywata with an MVP's 29 points, it could have been Chris Smoothy's 3 point basket from down town on the buzzer or even Karl Rowland's 'tipped' rebound but one thing was for certain they were getting the wrath and knowledge of Coach Burns and finished the half just four points down at 29 - 33.
            The second half went all Police way, winning the quarters 15 - 7 and 13 - 5, once they had their noses ahead they did not look back and controlled the ball and the game to win 57 - 45.
            Steve Waters was MVP for PACERS, the re-match is next Tuesday on Pacers' turf - in this evenly balanced game it could be anyones - but first blood to the Police!
 

Police Don't Travel Well!
Oct 25, 2008, 11:27 am
        Once again the Men's Exeter Police team did not produce on the road, with a team depleted of two of the starting five on the morning of the match the signs did not look good.
        Despite this loss the players that came in played well - Adrian Powlesland took four charges in the match (two in the first quarter) demonstrating his prowess in defence - unfortunately in all cases the ball had left the hand of the opposing player and the basket was good.
        North Devon with a much improved side this year (some close season signings have come in handy) took the first quarter 17 - 12. The second quarter was a disaster for the Police losing it 20 - 8 with an attacking display from all North Devon players and a very strong pressing defence which didn't allow the Police to find their game.
        North Devon did not look back from this quarter as the Police struggled to match their commitment with points.
        Dave Prywata continued his impressive pre-season form and showed there's even no point in fouling him and placing him on the line - shooting 100% from there!

Tigers bite back!
Oct 17, 2008, 5:24 pm
Broadclyst Bandits travelled to Torbay in a bid to continue their early season good form but were always going to struggle with only 6 players available for selection. Things started poorly for Broadclyst who lost Ashley Crispin to injury after only 4 minutes of the first quater and left them without a recognised point guard. Despite this the game stayed close thanks to the remaining Broadclyst players working hard on both ends of the court. Torbay went into the half time break with a 5 point lead and returned for the 3rd quater with a renewed intensity looking to take full control of the game by applying a full court press. Broadclyst answered this by showing the composure that had been lacking in the 1st half and also thanks to some excellent shooting from Adi Watts (21 points) and rebounding by Neil Shannon they fininshed the third quater tied on 48 points. Unfortunatly for Broadclyst it was a quater too far with only five players and Torbay ran out eventual winners 68 to 54. Congratulations to Watts (Broadclyst) and Hibbin (Torbay) for being voted the MVP for their respective teams.

A Game Too Far.....
Oct 12, 2008, 9:41 pm
        Exeter Police's second game in 24 hours (the first went to an extra period) was a game too far for their players. The game started brightly enough for the Police who opend up a 6 point lead by the end of the first quarter and what appeared to be a decent 42 - 25 lead at half time.
        However the second half proved just too much as the full court press and fresher legs of the University team got them back into the match to within 3 points at the end of the third quarter (51 - 48). There was more of the same in the fourth quarter and MVP for Uni (MacKay) then hit 12 almost unanswered points which propelled the team to a 75 - 57 victory as the Police ran out of steam.
        This was a hard fought physical match which was well refereed which allowed the game to simmer but not over boil! Dave Prywata top scored again for the Police with 21 points and kept up his impressive 75% shooting from the free throw line.

Exeter Police pip Broadclyst Bulletts in Extra Time Thriller
Oct 12, 2008, 9:37 am
         Exeter Police's first game back in Division II ended in a victory in Extra Time. Both teams started the match with a strong man - to - man defence, this nullified both sides attacking flair and led to a first quarter 6 - 6 finish. The second quarter led to the introduction of O'Connor for Broadclyst (who had trained with the Police all pre-season then defected to the other side), the police team struggled with his shooting ability and he led the team to a first half league of 27 pts to 18.
         The Police reverted to a zone defence at the start of the second half and with the assistance of MVP Dave Prywata started chipping away at Broadclyst's lead, between the final two minutes of third quarter and the first 3 minutes of the final quarter Police hit 11 unanswered points with Oli Kightley playing a fiercesome key offence, this was bolstered by Adrian Powlesland from the bench.
         Just as the Police appeared to be in control in the fourth minute of the final quarter with a 37 - 35 lead (Broadclyst hadn't scored for 6 long match minutes) MVP Smalley and O'Connor found their distance from 3 point land for Broadclyst and hit 3 quick baskets, still the police held their lead until in the final minute Broadberry was awarded two free shots - he held his nerve to take the game into the extra period.
         The Police kept the same side on the court and with Broadclyst in foul trouble and continually fouling to get possession back, the Police ran out 54 - 51 victors.
         This was a hard fought but fair and good-tempered match and was impressive for the numbers of players available for both sides - Police with a full 12 players and Broadclyst 10. All players played a part for both sides, Dave Prywata top-scored the match with 23 personal points.
          This was to be the first match of two within 22 hours for the police - bring on Uni!

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