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Referee's Level II Course
Jan 11, 2015, 10:22 am

Exeter and District Basketball Association are pleased to announce that Darren BOLT will be running a Level II Referee's Course over the weekend of 21st and 22nd February 2015 to be held at Devon and Cornwall Police Headquarters.

You do not have to have completed Level I to take this course however in cases where you haven't you should have a good working knowledge of the game from playing.

We have managed to keep costs down and any official who takes on EDBA approved matches for their assessement matches will be recompensed a further £10 per match (3 matches required for assessment), this probably makes it the cheapest Level II referee's course this year with the premier official in the game!

Cost of course £55

Full details of the course available via Darren, but please reserve your place on the course as soon as possible to guarantee your place!

Places need to be reserved by contacting Darren direct either via phone or email as below:

07818 425704


Pacers Remain Unbeaten
Nov 18, 2014, 2:00 pm

NEWTON ABBOT PACERS           51     ISCA BOLTS                                     35


With both teams remaining unbeaten so far this season, this top of the table clash was going to leave one team’s record blemished.   The omens were looking good for Pacers in the opening minutes of the game as they managed to establish an 11- 4 lead, primarily through some fine shooting by twins Katie and Stacey Lee. However, after tactical and player changes near the end of the period, following a time out by Isca, the game had a totally different complexion at the first break. Isca had drawn level, at 11 points apiece, with six points coming from the accurate shooting hands of Sam Johnson.   The second period was a phase of trading baskets between the teams as the scores were tied five times before the half-time break was reached with Pacers having the slenderest of leads at 26-25. During this period Pacers’ Jo Cribley began to make her mark on the game scoring eight of Pacers 14 points with some clinical perimeter shooting.

The start of the second half saw Pacers offence penetrate the Isca defence more effectively drawing the fouls, particularly by Sam Johnson. The resultant successful foul line shots by Pacers enabled them to extend their lead to 10 points and importantly, in the context of this game, Iscas’ leading scorer was sat on the bench in foul trouble. However, a small recovery by Isca near the end of the period put some points on the board for the home team and Pacers ended the period 35-28 ahead. In the final period, as both teams seemed to tire considerably, Pacers just needed to be patient in their approach play and not turn over the ball cheaply. This they did to great effect building their lead steadily with some further good perimeter shooting and, at the other end of the court, some resolute defending on the ball and excellent defensive rebounding. As a result the end of the game had a score line of 51-35 in Pacers favour giving the Newton Abbot team a considerable margin of victory which did not seem likely in the first half.

Pacers now need a win over Exeter University ladies in a fortnight’s time to have completed the first half of the season unbeaten.


Scorers/Players: Jo Cribley 17, S. Lee 10, K. Lee 9, A. Sinden 9, L. Barlow 2, I. Ridley 2,

E. Stainforth 2 and G. Sinden.

Chargers Unstoppable!!
Nov 11, 2014, 4:00 pm
Qe Crediton Chargers outgunned Exeter College 94-65 to keep their 100% record in the Exeter and District Basketball League. College’s pressing defence nearly unnerved Crediton in the first quarter but their height and experience saw them pull away  52 – 28 after the second quarter.
College’s well coached team made a spirited fight in the second half with  Williams-Clifford and Dionio both scoring 16. For Chargers, the leagues’ leading scorer Mike Lewis led with 36, well supported by Raffy Zappia (29) and Stu Chrisp with 10. Chargers gave game time to all their squad and are really the team to beat now.

Huskies Long Journey In Vain
Oct 28, 2014, 9:24 am

NEWTON ABBOT PACERS                    63 WEYMOUTH HUSKIES                          28


Playing against last seasons’ play-off semi-final opponents, Weymouth Huskies, could Pacers extend their winning run, since the start of the season, to five games? The early signs were very promising as Pacers quickly moved ahead 9-2 before the midway point of the first period. This was the result of clinical shooting from Jo Cribley, Jasmine Hodge and Ali Sinden and a defensive intensity which was pressurising all aspects of Huskies offensive play. However, Pacers then fell into the trap of believing that all shots would drop through the hoop no matter in what manner the shot was taken and consequently the flow of baskets was halted and they struggled to add further to their score. At the other end of the court defensive positional errors by Pacers gave the Weymouth players time and opportunity to score and they started to establish a foothold in the game being just 9-13points down at the first break.

At the start of the second period, with the instruction to mix up the shooting options rather than rely simply on the perimeter shot, Gill Sinden led the way for the Newton Abbot team with an excellently executed one on one move to inspire the team to take a stranglehold on the game. As a result by half time Pacers held a healthy lead with the score at 29-12 points.  

The period after the half time break has often seen Pacers struggle to show any real form but, on this occasion, the home team were on song from the start having their best offensive period of the game scoring a further 19 points to take their score to 48 points three quarters of the way through the game. The free flowing nature of the game however allowed Huskies to virtually double their score in just the one period as they reached 23 points at the third break. Much more resolute defensive work by Pacers in the final period stopped the flow of Huskies baskets and as the visitors tired a number of transitional baskets by Pacers enabled them to extend their lead further. As a result Pacers finished the game 63-28 points ahead, maintaining their unbeaten run this season.



Scorers/Players: J. Hodge 17, Jo Cribley 13, A. Sinden 13, K. Lee 8, G. Sinden 6, L.Piercy 4,

S. Lee 2, E. Morrison, I. Ridley and E. Stainforth.

Taunton Continue Their Fine Run
Oct 28, 2014, 9:21 am
Taunton Revolution entered their third game of the season with some of the much familiar faces making a appearance, including the first game this season for Marcin Gladys back in the squad.
Unable to play due to injury, Revolution Captain Marc Eggleton would Coach the game and hope to provide some guidance to the team from the side and have an impact on the success of the game, even despite being able to suit up for the battle.
The first quarter was a decidedly one sided affair with Jon Howlett and Matt Acott connecting for 5 three pointers and a positive all round effort on ball movement. In the second, the Revolution would utilise their large selection of players and Pete Williams would add to his confidence and step up to make two consecutive big three pointers mid way through the quarter.
However, the North Devon side would keep the game close with some good defensive plays and a solid rebounding structure. Acott & Howlett would continue the hot shooting leading the team and finishing the half with 8 three pointers between them, and push the scoreline to 41-35 in favour of Taunton.
Matt Scott-Davies gave revolution a much needed explosive spark at the beginning of the 2nd half when it came to running at the opposition and scored 5 points in quick succession.
Marcin Gladys played an excellent rebounding game in the 3rd & 4th quarters and helped the Revolution get some size in the paint and still found time to contribute 7 much needed points in the game.
In the 4th Revolution would get into a little foul trouble but with the opponents missing 8 of their last 10 free throws, the game was sealed with some more good defense played by Taunton Revolution. In the last quarter the visitors would be half to only 9 points.
Final score 71-59 to Taunton. Scorers – Matt Acott – 19, John Howlett – 16, Matt Scott Davies – 7, Marcin Gladys – 7, Greg Siwicki – 7, Pete Williams – 6, Marcus Worth – 3, Alex Reid – 2, Ross Hughes – 2, Murray Heath – 2.

Ever Tried Walking??
Oct 22, 2014, 2:03 pm


Walking basketball is taking place at Broadmeadow Sports centre every Monday morning, 10-11.00am (followed by tea / coffee) and anyone over the age of 50 is welcome to come and give it a go! You don’t need to have played basketball before so it is a great opportunity to try out a new sport as well as meeting new people.

The sessions are led by Newton Abbot basketball coach Andy Sinden and, whilst there is a core of regular participants, they are looking for new people to come and join them. The sessions are light-hearted and a great way to exercise both the body and the brain. As one of the female participants said “I didn’t realise it would be so much fun”.

If you fancy having a go then come along with your trainers and sportswear you feel comfortable in and join in the fun.

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Pacers Continue Their Impressive Start
Oct 22, 2014, 2:00 pm

NEWTON ABBOT PACERS           69     EXETER UNIVERSITY II               19



A daunting task lay before the newly formed Exeter University II ladies team as they played their first ever Exeter and District League game against last season’s league play-off winners, Newton Abbot Pacers. The gulf in playing experience clearly showed in the opening period. A resolute Pacers defence restricted the visitors to very few shooting opportunities so, for the second game in a row, Pacers did not concede a point in the opening ten minutes of play.   At the other end of the court very good offensive movement gave Pacers plenty of scoring options which they duly took advantage off and so, by the end of the first period of play, the home team were 25-0 points ahead.

In the second period Pacers struggled to adjust to a change in their offensive formation, particularly in reading the options off the first pass. Consequently the ball got stuck amongst the University defenders and shooting opportunities were greatly reduced. However, Pacers did manage to move their score onto 37 points by half time. In this period Pacers were not as tight defensively as some quicker passing around the ring by the University team exposed weak spots in the Newton Abbot team’s defence resulting in the first baskets of the campaign for Exeter University as they finished the half with six points.

With the opportunity to run different offensive patterns in the game Pacers set up a third attacking formation at the start of the second half. This initially showed promising results as Pacers scored the first basket of the half but thereafter disappointing decision making stifled the scoring. In fact, as Pacers failed to mark up appropriately in defence, Exeter University had the better exchanges in the first part of the second half and led 6-4 points for those minutes. Consequently a time-out was called by the home team and the required adjustments were made which resulted in them scoring nine points without reply and extending their lead to 50-12 at the third break. In the final period of play Pacers’ main focus was to ensure that all players in the squad had scored in the game. This was soon accomplished and, with a little more free flowing play by Pacers, scoring came at a steady rate so that by the end of the game Pacers finished comfortable winners at 69-19.


Scorers: A. Sinden16, J. Hodge 15, K. Lee 10, S. Lee 8, E. Morrison 8, G. Sinden 4,                       J. Cribley 4, I. Ridley 2 and E. Stainforth 2

Huskies Lack Bite In Attack
Oct 22, 2014, 1:59 pm

Weymouth Huskies 34 Plymouth Raiders 38

Following a narrow loss in their opening game of the season Weymouth Huskies were keen to put things right in their meeting with new team Plymouth Raiders in the Exeter District Womens Basketball league. Sadly for the Weymouth team it was a case of deja-vu as the chance to win a closely contested game slipped away from them.

With Laura Bucke away at university, coach Andy Blackwood threw the relatively inexperienced Nicola Powell into the starting line-up and was rewarded when she scored one of the Huskies opening baskets. In a tight low scoring first quarter the Raiders held a narrow 8-6 lead. In the second quarter Plymouth’s Danielle Caulwell was proving to be their main scoring threat. She hit a long-range 3-point shot to extend the lead, only for Jayne Guppy and Rebecca Kimber to hit back with two baskets each for the Huskies. As in the first game Weymouth’s Carly Lawes was able to use her speed on attack to draw several fouls but was then unable to convert many of the foul shots into points. The first half ended with the Huskies leading 18-17.

The third quarter continued in a similar vein with the lead changing hands several times. Agata Sikora joined in with the scoring for Huskies and, with two minutes left in the quarter, the Weymouth team led 25-23. However three unanswered baskets just before the end allowed the Raiders to lead 29-25 going into the last period.

Back came the Huskies once more to tie the game at 29-29 early in the fourth quarter. Carly Lawes was continuing to draw fouls from the Plymouth defence and, when Caulwell had to leave the game with her fifth foul, it looked as though the balance had shifted towards the Weymouth team. Unfortunately missed foul shots once again proved costly as the Huskies failed to take advantage. At the other end of the court the Raiders were proving more effective as they made a pair of foul shots and then, in her only scoring contribution in the whole game, Crystal Pering made a decisive 3-point shot with three minutes of the game left. Trailing by nine points Huskies were forced to use an aggressive full court pressure defence which proved effective and denied the Raiders any more scores. Huskies were able to add five more points but, as other chances went begging, they were unable to complete the comeback.

After the game Huskies’ new Australian recruit Rebecca Kimber said “Once again we worked really hard and no-one can be faulted for their effort. Our offence is beginning to look more effective and we created lots of good open chances – we just weren’t able to finish enough of them. I feel we played better overall tonight than last week and it’s not going to be too long before things click into place.”

Huskies MVP: Carly Lawes

Scorers/Roster: Rebecca Kimber 15 pts   Jayne Guppy 10   Carly Lawes 5 Nicola Powell 2 Agata Sikora 2   Jo Telfer   Rosie Moore   Anna Goulding

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