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Pacers Continue Their Winning Ways
Oct 14, 2014, 9:52 pm



Following the previous game, where Pacers conceded far too many points (44), subsequent training sessions have focussed on defending as a unit and denying space close to basket.  The question was, could Pacers, on a late Friday night in Plymouth, put this training work into their game play?  The immediate answer was yes!  The opening period of the game, against Plymouth University, saw Pacers force the opposition wide and away from basket consequently restricting the University girls to long range shots and as a result Pacers did not concede a single basket in the first ten minutes of play. Meanwhile, at the other end of the court good, structured offensive work enabled Pacers to score consistently and so, by the first break, they were leading 16-0.

At the start of the second period quicker offensive passing and movement by Pacers saw them rapidly extend their lead to 24 points before Plymouth University eventually made the breakthrough to score their only basket of the half.  During the latter stages of this second quarter the pace of the game slowed up as the University girls found themselves in team foul trouble and a succession of foul line scores in the closing minutes of the half saw Pacers reach half-time 31-2 points ahead.

Could Pacers complete the shut out in the second half and prevent Plymouth University from adding any further points to their score? That very quickly became a ‘no’ as the home team scored the opening basket of the half!  Compounded to this disappointment was some very static offensive play by Pacers so that, after seven minutes play in the second half, the teams had scored just two points apiece.  Following a Pacers timeout, a change in the tempo of the defensive work and consequently the offensive play had the desired effect and Pacers scored 10 points in the remaining three minutes, although they did concede a further three points leaving the score at 43-7 at the third break.  

At the start of the final period Pacers offence was back to its’ good movement and passing and consequently the team very quickly reached the 50 point mark.   Then a lack of concentration set in and the University point guard was suddenly slicing through a previously solid defensive barrier to score seven points within a few minutes (scoring as many as the rest of the team had in the whole of the game so far!) In the final minutes Pacers were able to pick up their rate of scoring again but not enough to top the 60 point mark as the game finished 59-16.

For Pacers this excellent result was based upon much improved defensive cohesion but in addition it was one of those very pleasing times when all the players in the team scored; a real team performance.


Scorers: S. Lee 12, L. Piercy 11, A. Sinden 8, J. Cribley 6, K. Lee 6, E. Morrison 4, 

G. Sinden 4, E. Stainforth 4, L. Barlow 2 and I. Ridley 2.Pacers

Chargers get snooty with the Toffs
Oct 14, 2014, 9:49 pm

QE Crediton Chargers basketball team faced tough opposition away to Torbay Toffs and came through 51-86 winners.
After a close encounter in the cup last season, Crediton were right to be cautious of their respected opponents.  Toffs pressed well against the QE and a scrappy first quarter saw the visitors lead 18-9. Excellent outside shooting saw the Toffs close the gap to eight at the end of the second Quarter through the experienced Blackler (10)  and Estelles (13) but Chargers led 40-32.
The combination of excellent pressing defence from Addy and Carter, solid rebounding and blocking  from the twin towers of Lewis (31)and Wieczorek (24) enabled Chargers to pull away in spite of full court pressing from Torbay. The experience of Liam Dunn (12) and Raffy Zappia (15) aided by new squad additions in Stu Crisp and Gareth Taylor-Southgate added to the dominance of QE who piled on the points on the fast -break and under the boards.
The score line in the first half certainly flattered the Chargers but their power tipped the tie in their balance. The game, stop and start in places was well officiated and left the Chargers with a 100% record. How times change, last season they lost their first four! Needless to say coach Addy’s birthday celebrations, put on hold for the night, will have been  savoured.

Raiders Suffer 2nd Defeat At Hands Of Pacers
Oct 8, 2014, 12:08 pm

NEWTON ABBOT PACERS              48      PLYMOUTH RAIDERS                      44


A young Plymouth Raiders team, playing only their second league match ever, were in a determined mood not to let the Newton Abbot side settle on the ball. Consequently the opening minutes were very frantic with neither team having any real control on the game. Eventually Pacers geared themselves up to the speed of the game and started to open up the Raiders defence with baskets from Jas Hodge and Ali Sinden. As a result Pacers were able to establish a small lead but slack perimeter defending at the end of the period undid all the previous good work so that at the first break Pacers were just ahead at 12-10 points. In the second period more of the squad were able to support the scoring efforts of Jas and Ali, as Ellie Morrison, Jo Cribley and Gill Sinden found the basket to move Pacers scoring along. However the Raiders then outscored the visitors in the run up to half time so that at the midpoint of the game the scores were level at 22 apiece.

A change in the point of attack for Pacers in the second half proved particularly effective as at last they began to have some control in their offensive play and this time the end of the period was reached with a lead of three points, 36-33. The focus for the final phase of the game was to build up the lead and take the sting out of Raiders game. The game plan was played out perfectly with basket after basket being scored, particularly from Jo Cribley, and a tight defensive display saw Pacers extend their lead up to nine points with only a couple of minutes to play and the game had been won. This, though, did not prevent a spirited fightback from Raiders and in the remaining minutes they took the score from 48-39 to 48-44, although there was never enough time remaining in the game to make the comeback complete. A very competitive game throughout, with Pacers relieved to have won the game, even if it was in an ‘ugly’ fashion.


Scorers/Players: J. Hodge 15, A. Sinden 15, J. Cribley 12, E. Morrison 4, G. Sinden 2,

L. Barlow, I. Ridley and E. Stainforth.

Taunton Struggle Against Chargers 7'3" Centre
Oct 2, 2014, 9:46 am
The second game of the season would see the Revolution guys take themselves down to Crediton to face the local side and their daunting 7′ 3″ centre.
With Taunton a little under-sized as a team they would need to rely on good ball movement and decent shooting from range if they were to stand a chance. The tip inevitably went to Crediton and they struck the first blow going up 4-0, however this was quickly answered with a four point play from Revolution Guard Matt Acott to tie the game.
The rest do the quarter would see the teams trade baskets, with Crediton ending the quarter with an 8 point run and leading 18-12. In the second session every Revolution push was met by a Crediton score; despite Revolution taking the lead several times they could not hold on. Acott continued his strong play, and Matt Scott-Davies also provided great energy and scoring from the bench, but the size of Crediton meant too many easy scores at close range. The Revolution offence was really struggling and by half time the score was 27-36 in favour of the home team. Leading the way for Crediton were Williams with 14 and the 7′ 3″ Lewis with 14.
In the second half, Taunton picked up the scoring but were again helpless in the middle; Lewis continued the onslaught and despite Acott, Scott-Davis and Ben Williams all contributing well for Taunton, there was very little else coming from other sources in terms of points. Matt Acott would round out the game scoring Tauntons’ only 6 points in the fourth, and ultimately be voted MVP for the Revolution on the night. However it wasn’t enough, and the combined 54 from the Crediton duo of Lewis and second big man Wieczorek would take the game 74-52. Top Scorers for Taunton – Acott 22, Williams 13, Scott-Davies 9

Huskies go so close in season opener
Sep 28, 2014, 8:02 pm

Weymouth Huskies 26 Isca Bolts 30

New season. New players. New kit. But, in their opening game of the Exeter District Basketball League, the Weymouth Huskies were left contemplating their old problem of getting enough points on the board to win. Last season the Huskies finished one place behind the Bolts in the league table and it seemed likely that this game could be a close encounter. The arrival of new players Rebecca Kimber, Agata Sikora and Nicola Powell has given the squad a stronger look so there was much to look forward to for the Weymouth team.

Both teams needed the first couple of minutes to shake off the close season rustiness before the Bolts took a 5-0 lead midway through the first quarter. However a change of defensive formation seemed to spur the Huskies into action at the other end of the court. With Jayne Guppy being particularly effective the Huskies went on a 10-2 scoring run which saw them lead 10-7 at the end of the first period. At the start of the second quarter Isca came straight back with six unanswered points. Weymouth were looking to exploit the speed of Carly Lawes who was repeatedly fouled on the fast break but was unable to take advantage from the free-throw line. The first half closed with Isca Bolts holding a narrow 16-15 lead.

The third quarter was all about defence. Weymouth switched to a very effective man-to-man defence which stifled their opponents from Exeter and restricted them to just two baskets. Unfortunately the Weymouth players were finding it equally difficult to score at the other end with only Laura Bucke managing to put the ball in the hoop and the quarter ended with the scores level at 20-20.

The fourth quarter was an equally tight affair until a run of three baskets by Anna Allen of the Bolts opened up a gap. The Weymouth response came from Ellen Blackwood and Rebecca Kimber to leave the Huskies trailing by two points with three minutes left. Unfortunately for Weymouth they were unable to score again despite creating several good chances. The final basket from Sarah Blackburn was enough to seal the win for the Bolts leaving the Huskies to reflect on what might have been.

Speaking afterwards Huskies’ coach Andy Blackwood said “The overwhelming feeling right now is one of disappointment and frustration. Defensively we were superb and I really thought we had the momentum to go on and win the game in the last quarter. Tomorrow I’ll be better able to reflect on the positives. This was a team who beat us by 30 points last year so we’re clearly narrowing the gap but it still hurts to get so close to winning yet not complete the job.”

Huskies MVP: Rebecca Kimber

Scorers/roster: Jayne Guppy 8 pts   Laura Bucke 6 points Rebecca Kimber 5 pts Carly Lawes 4 pts Ellen Blackwood 3 points Anna Goulding Kazia Hodder   Nicola Powell   Agata Sikora

Sad News To Report
Sep 27, 2014, 9:26 pm

It is with great regret that we note the passing away of Derek Headon
on 22nd September. More than fifty years ago, he was instrumental in
establishing a local league which developed into the Exeter and
District Basketball Association.He served as Chair for many years and
was a dedicated referee.Derek was almost ninety when he died and still
maintained an interest in the sport. He will be remembered for his
vision, hard work and his pipe!We send our sympathy and condolences to
his family.

Pacers Off And Running For The New Season
Sep 27, 2014, 9:24 pm

With both teams showing many changes to last seasons’ roster it was not surprising that the players were a little slow getting into a playing rhythm, in this opening game of the season. Defensively Pacers were giving away far too many shooting fouls which, thankfully, Peelers were unable to convert into points and in offence Pacers were not patient enough in their build up play to create clear cut scoring opportunities. As a result, midway through the first period, Pacers held just a narrow advantage at 7-4 points. In the remaining minutes of the quarter, however, Pacers tightened up their defensive work and in attack capitalised on good approach play to surge ahead 18-4 points at the first break. The second period saw Pacers maintain their good work on the court so that, by half time, their lead had been extended to 30-7 points.

Last season Pacers tended to have very poor third periods of games and, with Peelers scoring the first two baskets of the second half, coach Andy Sinden wondered if they were going to have the same problems this season too? Thankfully this was not the case on this occasion as Pacers responded by scoring the next ten points and killing off any hopes of a Peelers recovery. The final few minutes of the third period did see Pacers slacken off in defence again so that the score at the third break was 42-15. At the start of the final period Pacers were able to extend their lead further with some clinical shooting off good offensive ball movement. However in the latter stages, as tiredness set in for the small numbers in the Pacers squad, Peelers started to score on a regular basis so that, by the end of the final ten minutes of play, the score was 12 points apiece for the quarter. It was therefore just as well that Pacers had dominated the previous periods to win comfortably 54-27 and have a positive start to the season.


Scorers/Players: A. Sinden 18, J. Hodge 14, K. Lee 6, G. Sinden 6, J. Cribley 4,

E. Stainforth 4, S. Lee 2 and I. Ridley

Taunton Start The Season With A Victory
Sep 27, 2014, 9:22 pm
The Taunton Revolution Basketball Team began their campaign in the Exeter Division 2 this season with a home game against a young Weymouth side. As the game began Weymouth secured the tip, and then following their miss the Revolution wasted no time with Captain Marc Eggleton connecting on a pair of three pointers to get Taunton off to a great start. The energetic Weymouth side kept the game close at the start by working hard on the boards and getting second chances. For Taunton, Ben Williams would also start strong helping Taunton open up a 21-16 lead after one. In the second quarter, Taunton would slow down the Weymouth team with their defence and force them into tough shots. forwards Alex Reid and Toby Veale would contribute well, and Marcus Worth would also come off the bench and give Taunton a good presence inside. By the half Taunton had extended their lead to 39-25.
In the second half Taunton worked on getting all players involved. With 9 players now on the score sheet the ball being shared well however the youthful Weymouth team would make a bit of a comeback capitalising on any Taunton mistakes. A few careless turnovers would help Weymouth get closer but into the fourth quarter Taunton would get back on track. Ben Williams continued to be consistent and everyone contributed well for the Revolution. The Weymouth team would be held to just 7 in the fourth and Taunton would end up taking the game 62-41. Top scorers on the day would be Ben Williams with 13 points, Marc Eggleton with 12 points and both Matt Acott and Alex Reid with 9 points.

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