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Promotion Busting Season for Broadclyst

Broadclyst finish the 2018/19 season as Division II Champions by 3 points over North Devon finishing on a 2 match win streak.

The season looked as though it might be a struggle as Broadclyst were short of height in their team and therefore had to alter their play, added to that some of their players took the gauntlet to be the ‘height’ in their team on both offensive and defensive boards – no more so than Simon HARDING.

A strong continental mix with Sergi CORCAY, Alberto DURO and Ferrera GARCIA mixed it up, with big points from Joel WILLIAMS, Mark TURNER, and Barney HALL. Player / Coach Ashley CRISPIN also added a few in the scarce minutes he played, but overall it was the hard team work ethic that did for them this season – no superstars, all working as one.

Broadclyst were consistent throughout the season, whether they were playing other Division II sides or the Division I sides in the Inter-Division part of the season.

Congratulations to all involved in the club.


Exeter University I Win Plate Final In Immense Game Against Exmouth Knights

Plate Final Exeter Uni 1 vs Exmouth Knights. They have met 2 times in the league already and Exeter University have won both games.

The game tipped off with Uni 1 winning the tip but did not convert. Knights took possession and Matt Cuthbert immediately hit a 3 pointer, Uni 1 immediately did the same via Joel De Lara Bond. Knights then went on a 6 point run via Captain / Coach Julez Menzies. Uni 1 came back with 6 of their own points. Knights then went on another run of 9 unanswered points Uni 1 zone defence does not seem to be working against Knights. End of the 1st quarter 17 to 23 to Knights.

2nd quarter starts with a change of defence by Uni 1 to man. This seems to be causing trouble for Knights as they struggled to adjust their offense. Uni managed to make a number of stops but still baskets were being traded. Uni 1 are struggling to score inside as Knights are playing a 2 1 2 defence. Uni 1 are having to settle for long and mid range jump shots which seem to be working as they hit 4 3’s in the quarter and take a lead in to the half of 44 to 40 with Uni Joel De Lara Bond scoring 12 of the points.

Knight came out strong in the 3rd quarter with a new game plan giving the brother Matt and Lewis Cuthbert isolation plays. Uni 1 seemed to struggle with Matt and Lewis both scoring 14 and 9 respectively. Uni 1 also started fouling a lot as they could not deal with pressure. Uni still stayed in the game with great junp shooting and yet another great quarter by Joel De Lara Bond with 3 threes and A.Goh scoring 7 point from mid range. End of the quarter score 64 all. This is a close one and very entertaining game to watch.

The final quarter was set up to be a good one not knowing who was going to win this game. Knights came out strong with the first 5 points but was immediately answered by 4 of Uni 1. Coming into this final quarter Joel De Lara Bond of Uni 1 and Matt Cuthbert of Knights both were on 4 fouls and vital players of both teams. Uni 1 also had to keep an eye on other players as by 3rd minute in 2 others were on 4 fouls. The score went back and forth and in the 6th minute of this final quarter Uni 1 hit a 3 to take them into a 3 point lead. Lewis from Knights drove hard into the paint and was fouled and sent to the line with that Joel de Lara Bond was fouled out. Only 1 of 2 were hit making it a 2 point game. Uni hit back with one of only few inside baskets by D.Song. Lewis then drove hard again which he has done most of the game and was fouled sending him to the line and putting Uni 1 on team fouls. Lewis then missed both so Uni 1 were still 4 points ahead. Uni 1 then went to there inside man E. Murray who was fouled. Murray hit 1 of the 2 FT to take Uni to a 5 point lead with 2 minutes left to play. Knights who had only fouled once in the half needed some stops and baskets and they did with 4 unanswered points making the score 81 to 82 in Uni 1 favour. The problem now was Knights needed the ball back with 30 seconds left to play, One of the dis-advantages Knights had was they had not fouled earlier in the quarter so could not send Uni 1 to the line to get the ball back. Uni 1 shot the basket but missed but got the rebound and missed again Knights could not get a defensive board and Murray managed to tap in a rebound making it 81 to 84 to university with 3 seconds left to play. Uni 1 full court pressed and Knights could not get the ball in to attempt to win the game and the buzzer went Uni 1 the winners.

It was an amazing game to watch both teams played very well and neither team deserved to lose but there can only be one winner.

Join Us at the 2019 Play Off Finals – They’re Free!!!

The 3 Play Off Finals are the culmination of a full season of action in both the men’s and women’s games, you will witness spectacular basketball for free, just drop in and watch (but be aware there is a maximum of 500 seats, so first come first served). We are hoping to have food and drink outside provided by a local stall, but you can still feast your eyes on the best basketball in the Exeter and District League.

All the matches are taking place at Exeter College (opposite central railway station) Exeter, EX4 3SP on the show court.

The games start at 11am with the Inter-Division Play Off Final, followed at 1pm with the Ladies Play Off Final and bringing a close to the 2018/19 season is the Men’s Division I Play Off Final at 3pm – come and make some noise!!

Results from last week:

Division I:
Exmouth Knights 68 Exeter University II 59

Division II:
Exeter University III 42 Broadclyst 49
Newton Abbot Pacers 96 Weymouth Raiders 59

Ladies Division:
Taunton Dragons 42 Weymouth Huskies 60

Lots of games coming up next week:
Division I:
22/1 Nomads v Exeter University II
24/1 QE Crediton Chargers v Torbay Tigers

Division II:
24/1 North Devon v Newton Abbot Pacers
24/1 Weymouth Raiders v Tiverton Titans

Inter Division:
21/1 Nomads II v Exmouth Knights
21/1 Weymouth Raiders v Exeter University II
25/1 Broadclyst v Exeter University I
25/1 Exeter University III v Exmouth Knights

Ladies Division:
22/1 Newton Abbot Pacers v Exeter University I
27/1 Exeter University II v Taunton Dragons

Good luck for all the matches ahead, players, officials and supporters.


Exeter & District League Table

Division I

Pos Team Points W L STRK
1 Nomads 22 11 0 W11
2 QE Crediton Chargers 18 8 2 W2
3 Exmouth Knights 17 7 3 W4
4 Exeter University I 16 7 2 W4
5 Torbay Tigers 16 5 6 L1
6 Exeter University II 13 3 7 L6

Division II

Pos Team Points W L STRK
1 Newton Abbot Pacers 20 7 6 W3
2 North Devon 19 7 5 W1
3 Broadclyst 17 7 3 W2
4 Weymouth Raiders 13 2 9 L5
5 Nomads II 12 3 6 L3
6 Exeter University III 11 1 9 L5
7 Tiverton Titans 10 0 10 L10

Ladies Division

Pos Team Points W L STRK
1 Uni 1 Ladies 16 8 0 W8
2 Pacers 12 5 2 L1
3 Plymouth Raiders 11 4 3 L1
4 Weymouth Huskies 10 3 4 W1
5 Taunton Dragons 8 1 6 L4
6 Uni 2 Ladies 6 0 6 L6


It’s with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Max Matthews – the 🏀 game in heaven is going to be epic, Rick Bache will need a referee up there!  

Tributes have poured in for a ‘legendary’ retired Exeter teacher who taught hundreds of pupils in the city and has sadly passed away.

Max Matthews, a teacher for more than 40 years at Vincent Thompson Secondary School – now known as St Luke’s – died on Christmas Day aged 91

Max was, for many years, a highly respected basketball referee, Max qualified as a referee in 1950. He was a founder member of Exeter basketball club, and eventually stopped playing in 1974, and was a Committee member of the Exeter & District Basketball Association from its outset until 1996. He was well respected in the basketball fraternity, as a player, as a referee with a real feel for the game and within the Committee.

As recent as 2009, at the age of 83 Max attended the EDBA basketball cup finals to award the Ladies winners with the cup.

After retiring, leaving Vincent Thompson in a helicopter, Max continued to organise Devon schools football, and taught at a local language school and was a regular and much-loved visitor to the new St Luke’s Science and Sports College site.

Max had two children, Guy, 58, and Peter, 53, and two grandchildren, Daniel, 19, and Hannah, 17.

Around eight years ago he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and spent the last six years of his life in a care home in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, near his eldest son.

RIP Max and condolences from all at EDBA to his family and friends.

Funeral is 1.30pm, Friday 25th January at Exeter Crematorium.