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New Look Bridport Finish Third in pre season Competition
Sep 7, 2013, 10:00 am

BRIDPORT Evolution basketball club finished their pre-season preparations with a strong performance in the annual “Slam Dunk the Funk” Baksetball tournament in Weymouth at the weekend.

The inexperienced Bridport team won two out of four games to finish third on the day, narrowly missing out on 2nd by just one free throw.

The round robin tournament was competed between Bridport, Crewkerne Thunder and all three Weymouth sides at Budmouth College.

Bridport lost their first game to Weymouth Cowboys by one point, missing a free throw with the final shot of the game. They then comfortably beat Weymouth Raiders and Crewkerne Thunder before being upstaged by Weymouth Bandits in the final game of the day.

Bridport Coach Tom Glover was pleased with the effort of his side, which featured a number of new players. “We were missing some key players on the day and there were five players in the team who have about half a dozen games worth of experience between them. I really tested them throughout the day and I was delighted with their efforts. They all showed me that they had improved vastly over the summer,” he said.

Last season’s Rookie of the Year, Gavin King, showed how his game had matured in the off season with a more relaxed approach on offence, which led to some well taken baskets. Fellow guard Dan Collins also showed signs that he will soon be a threat on Bridport’s trademark fast break attack.

New Centre Jack Trivett scored his first points for the club, Will Cain continued to impress and 14-year-old ball handler Eric Robertshaw gave a performance that showed, despite his age, he is now ready to play with the men’s side.

“All the less experienced players stepped up to the plate and surprised me with their performances to be honest. We have 20 players registered for the new season already and I can’t wait for it to begin now,” Glover added.

The team continue to train at Bridport Youth Club on Monday nights from 7pm. New players are always welcome.

The team’s league season begins on Sunday, September 22nd when they travel to Exeter College to take on title contenders Exeter Nomads.

Teams For 2013/14 Season
Jul 3, 2013, 4:59 pm

Confirmation of the teams for the 2013/14 season, Divisions have been organised and fixtures being structured. The expansion of the league has continued with slow steady growth. 


Division I

Uni I, Uni II, Exeter Nomads, YMCA Torbay Tigers, Crewkerne Thunder, Bridport, Broadclyst, Devon Peelers
Division II
North Devon, Exmouth Jesters I, Exmouth Jesters II, YMCA Tiger Cubs, Uni III, Weymouth Cowboys, Crewkerne II, Exeter College, QE Crediton Chargers
Ladies Division
Exeter Uni, Plymouth Uni, Taunton Tigers, Devon Peelers, Isca Bolts, Exeter Eagles, Newton Abbot Pacers, Weymouth huskies 


Just 3 days left to get those entries in for the 2013/14 Season!! Plus Youth Development
Jun 9, 2013, 12:12 am
With just 3 days to go the 2013/14 season is looking bigger and better again! The Exeter & District family is growing again and as with all organisations, a small growth each year ensures success - the foundations are sound, now grow with us!
League Entries 2013/14


Plymouth Uni, Taunton Tigers, Exeter Eagles, Isca Bolts, Devon Peelers, Weymouth Huskies, Exeter University and Newton Abbot Pacers have all confirmed, with 3 days to go the women's league has expanded by one team - small steady growth is good!
We are awaiting confirmation from Taunton Tigers but have confirmation from the following teams, plus there are a further 3 considering entering a second team!
ExeterUni I, Exeter Uni II, Exeter Uni III, Devon Peelers, Weymouth Cowboys, Newton Abbot Pacers, Exeter Nomads, Crewkerne Thunder, Bridport Evolution, Broadclyst, North Devon, Torbay Tigers, Exmouth Jesters I, Exmouth Jesters II
What does this mean? One extra team in the women's league and at least two extra men's teams!
Youth Development 
The 2013/14 season is looking good for youth development and experiences in the Exeter area, we are looking at coaching and drop in sessions for the younger ballers in the community before passing them into the established clubs. 
Plus if any under 16 or under 19 teams are interested in a mini league in the new season please register your interest via the 'contact us' tab so you don't miss out!
A basketball opportunity is coming to your area soon!! 
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Cup and League Entry Forms Now Available
May 5, 2013, 10:41 am

The Cup and League entry forms for 2013/14 are now available via the downloads tab, all entries have to be in by June 12th to enable the format for next season to be agreed.


Play Off Day 2013
Mar 28, 2013, 9:53 pm

The day of the Play Offs has come around for Exeter and District teams again, the season has been long and frantic with some excellent games, the hope is that the Play Off day is ‘more of the same’ – the top four teams in each division compete for the honour of Play Off Champions of each division, the semi finals being 1st v 4th, 2nd v 3rd).


The women’s semi finals involved Exeter University against Exeter Eagles and Taunton Tigers against Newton Abbot Pacers. Both matches were close affairs with Exeter University defeating Eagles by a solitary point 43 – 42 after University held on to the lead despite Eagles scoring the last 8 points. Taunton Tigers defeated Newton Abbot Pacers 31 – 30 in a game that swayed one way and then back.


The Final was therefore between Exeter University and Taunton Tigers, the first period finished 9 – 9, but the second and third quarters went with University which resulted in them having a 31 – 18 lead. Despite Taunton winning the final quarter Exeter University triumphed with a 35 – 26 win. Exeter Eagles took 3rd spot.


The Division II semi finals involved YMCA Torbay Tigers against North Devon and Devon Peelers against Exmouth Jesters I. With 6 minutes left of the final quarter YMCA Torbay Tigers had a 21 point lead, North Devon then went on a run without Torbay scoring but Torbay held on to win 42 – 34. The second semi final was a much closer affair, but Exmouth Jesters upset the form and defeated Devon Peelers 53 – 47.


The final was therefore between YMCA Torbay Tigers and Exmouth Jesters I, YMCA Torbay Tigers proved far too strong and convincingly won the final 57 – 35, Devon Peelers took 3rd spot.


The Division I qualifiers were Taunton Tigers against Exeter Nomads and Exeter University I against Exeter University II, both matches went with the odds leading to a final of Exeter University I against Taunton Tigers Development, these teams finished 1st and 2nd in the league season and was apt that they would play out the final match for the 2012/13 season, and what a match we had install for us!


Exeter University I took the first half by storm and finished 44 – 34 up, their form continued in the third quarter which finished with them having a 14 point lead. Taunton Tigers were not out of it by any means and the final quarter saw them hitting baskets for fun with Howie playing an integral part, Exeter University I were trying to hold onto their lead but it was being ‘chipped away’. With 2 minutes left of the game Taunton Tigers took the lead, were they about to upset the odds? The noise from the crowd was deafening as free throws were being taken by Taunton but they held their nerve, then in the final action of the game Exeter University turned over Taunton and layed up to level the game – extra period beckoned!


Exeter University I were getting in foul trouble and influential players were fouled out (3 in total), the ‘bench players’ would have to step up, and step up they did scoring the last 7 points of the match to win the game 75 – 70, congratulations to both teams for an excellent match to complete the season. Exeter Nomads took 3rd spot.

Exeter Uni keep up their pursuit
Mar 28, 2013, 9:51 pm



EXETER UNIVERSITY                   69



Second placed, in the Exeter and District League table, Exeter University came to this game seeking revenge for the surprise defeat at the beginning of the season. However, the start of the game saw Pacers score the first basket, giving the home team great confidence, but it was the visitors who were soon dominating proceedings proving particularly effective in penetrating the defence with quick ball reversal and attacking open spaces in the weak side of Pacers defence to quickly establish a good lead. A flurry of baskets by Pacers near the end of the period saw Pacers reduce the arrears a little to be 22-15 behind at the first break.   The start of the second period was all Pacers as they brought the scores level, at 25-25, within two minutes of the restart. However some excellent perimeter shooting by the University players enabled them to re-establish control of the game and by half-time the University team were 43-30 ahead.

The start of the second half was very flat for Pacers. In defence, they lacked intensity and were gifting the University players shooting opportunities and consequently a change in defensive formation was called for. Whilst the new defensive shape did not totally curtail the University scoring the visitors at least had to work harder for their baskets. However the biggest problem for Pacers in this period was their offensive play where players kept dribbling into trouble rather than using the quick passing game that had been so effective in the first half. As a result Pacers scored only two baskets during the ten minute period to be 60 – 34 behind at the third break. The final period of the game was a refreshing contrast to the previous ten minutes of play. There was energy in the Pacers play in all aspects. Quick movement of the ball in offence saw Pacers have their best scoring period of the game with17 points, whilst a high intensity defence kept the University scoring down to just nine points. It was a most positive way to finish the game despite eventually losing 69-51.


Scorers/Players: J. Hodge 12, H. Tranter 11, K. Tranter 9, S. Martin 6, L Baines 4, K. Lee 4,

  1. Sinden 2, E. Stainforth 2, T. Prout 1 and G. Sinden.

Exeter Ladies basketball new senior players wanted!
Mar 1, 2013, 11:52 am

Exeter Eagles ladies Basketball.

Looking for experienced senior players.

We have mainly up until this date been a club that has concentrated on junior development. This we intend to carry on. But we have decided to develop a ‘Full Blown’ senior squad of women basketball players who can compete with the best teams in the South West.

So if you are an experienced player who wants to get back into the game at a decent level or new to the Exeter area or are in the South West for a year or two please contact Coach Henman at keithhenman@hotmail.co.uk.

Several players have already been in contact. So please feel free to get in touch. This is to start playing in Sept 2013.

52nd Annual Cup Finals Day
Feb 15, 2013, 10:42 am

Cup Finals Day


The 52nd Annual Cup Finals took place at Middlemoor on 3rd February 2013, the women had a ‘triangular’ tournament between Isca Bolts, Exeter University (Cup Winners 2012) and Taunton Tigers. The men’s Plate final was contested between YMCA Torbay Tigers (currently leading Division II by a country mile) and North Devon (underachievers this season), and the Men’s Cup Final was to be contested between Exeter University (Cup Winners 2012) and Taunton Development – both teams ‘neck and neck’ in Division I – it was looking like a ‘cracker of a day’.


Women’s Triangular Cup Competition


The first match was between Exeter University and Taunton Tigers, Taunton came out of the blocks very quickly and finished the first quarter with a 19 – 6 lead, although University came back in the second quarter, Taunton again took the third quarter 18 – 6 and coasted the match out to win 56 – 39, a stunning victory against last year’s champions.


Taunton went into the second match knowing that if they won, they would be crowned champions, once again they were quick out of the blocks winning the first quarter 13 – 3, and then continuing to finish the half 35 – 17 up. An unassailable lead it transpired to be eventually sealing the match and cup 51 – 41. Taunton Champions in the making, and well deserved!


The final match between Isca Bolts and Exeter University would decide second place and obviously the wooden spoon – this was a hard fought contest with no quarter spared, University built up a 37 – 29 lead by the end of the 3rd quarter but Isca Bolts continued to chip away at this lead and eventually overturned it to win 48 – 46.


Men’s Plate Final


YMCA Torbay Tigers started well and were quickly into a first quarter lead of 12 – 5, by the second quarter North Devon had their rhythm and pegged the lead back by one point. North Devon certainly were on a roll and took the third quarter 14 – 10, Torbay were leading by only 2 points at this stage, could they stem the flow. The answer was soon to be seen, Torbay went on a 11 point unanswered run and were leading 43 – 33 with just 6 minutes left.


North Devon then turned to their outside shooting with 5 three pointers in succession, Torbay were being turned over at one end and hit by a 3 at the other end and unusually for them were slow to adapt their game plan – the Plate was slowly slipping from their grasp – North Devon ran out winners 57 – 51.


Men’s Cup Final


Exeter University having already lost the women’s cup and with some influential players missing were playing a strong Taunton Development side, but they did not want to lose the Cup without a fight – this game was a high scoring classic.


University finished the first quarter 28 – 21 in front, Taunton took the second narrowly but still were losing 47 – 45 at half time.


Back came University for the third quarter, and finished 78 – 72 in front. It was all to play for in the final quarter and University were getting in foul trouble; Taunton pegged the lead back and on the buzzer levelled the game 90 – 90. Extra time beckoned, and Taunton were not going to waste this opportunity, 10 unanswered points gave them a 100 – 90 lead with just 2 minutes left, despite University fighting hard Taunton held on to win 100 – 96.

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