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Inter Division Play Off Finals – Torbay Tigers v Exeter University I

Exeter University II have never won a knock out competition, and finished 6th in Division I with a 6/11 record, in the league they beat Tigers by 20 at home and lost by 9 points away – they have had an unbeaten season in BUCS though. Torbay Tigers finished 5th in Division I with a 8/9 record, and have won the Inter Division Play Offs once before and the Division I Play Off’s twice, and they will always competitive!


Ross LITTLE scored the first two baskets for Tigers and looked to banish some of the recent struggles he has had, however Theo SPIRA scored two successive 3 pointers to keep Uni’s nose in front. The response from Tigers was a 3 pointer from Greg STEWART (who would’ve thought it), and that man Ross LITTLE again. Uni were passing the ball well, and eventually finding the free man who now appeared to be Octavi CASELS-FARRE with a brace of baskets, and Theo to add another 3! Tigers had to find a threat, and rolling back the court time up popped Jay MARRIOTT with a basket, 2 free shots and then a brace of 3 pointers to finish the quarter – Tigers lead into the break 19 – 15.


The 2nd quarter starts fast, Uni using their pace and ball movement to find the gaps, up pops Theo for another 3, and then Eduard FLORESCU steps up with a solid 10 points in the quarter and Erikas PTAKAUSKAS finishing the quarter with 5 points including a 3 pointer. The points were being spread around Tigers to keep in the game with MARRIOTT scoring some important baskets – the first half ends with Tigers holding a slight lead 35 – 33 – this game was turning into a classic encounter.


We enter the 3rd quarter after the 10 minute break, the music was blaring ‘The Greatest Show’ and the crowd were enjoying the action, Uni supporters had brought their ‘pots and pans’ and vocal support and they were going to be heard! Two quick 3’s by PTAKAUSKAS meant Uni took the lead, and the Uni players were spreading the threat and everyone was contributing – Tigers were working hard to find the space, up stepped Rafal CIECHACKI with a solid 9 points and that man MARRIOTT on the buzzer with a 3 pointer – the 3rd quarter ends level – 53 all!


This could be anyone’s game with the 4th quarter starting, and it was a game that to be fair no one should lose, the plays were impressive, the match ups complete. Neither team wanted to lose ground and baskets were being traded, after a quiet couple of quarters Ross LITTLE found his way inside again and added two baskets, Theo SPIRA found his range again and added 2 baskets and Erikas PTAKAUSKAS hit two ‘3 pointers’ that looked to have the game wrapped up going into the closing seconds, but MVP Jay MARRIOTT didn’t want to end up on the losing team and dropped a 3 pointer with seconds left to level the game, and just as we all thought the game would be going into overtime MARRIOTT squeezed past two defenders on the edge of the key and was fouled – two shots from the free throw line to win the match – the noise of the ‘pots and pans’ was deafening, and he misses the first, MARRIOTT has played with the best of them at Raiders and he calmed himself and the 2nd dropped – the Uni supporters fell into silence – the game was won 70 – 69.


There should be no losers in a game like this, the standard was high, the game intense, quick aggressive and full of skill, ably supported by the officials Mark LEACH, Rob WILLIAMS and Dave MONTGOMERY – this was a great advert for local basketball and a great venue – the show court at Exeter College. Exeter District Basketball at its best and the crowd loved it!


Exeter University I are current League Champions with a 14/1 record, and have won the Play Offs on 3 previous occasions the most recent being last year. Newton Abbot Pacers finished 2nd in the league with a 13/2 record, and have been Play Off winners on 4 previous occasions. In the league they beat Exeter University once by 4 points, and lost twice by 14 and 15 points – this game had a lot to live up to after the first game.


Exeter University Ladies came into this game on a high following an impressive season, Newton Abbot Pacers on the other hand have had a season of injuries to key players and fluctuation with their team, but still finishing an impressive 2nd in the league – it looked a good match up and Pacers had a few players back to give their team a sprinkling of experience.


Pacers started off the game well, with their reliance on the quick breaks of Jasmine HODGE (8 points) supported by other players, the university looked to dominate inside with Gaila COSTAS and Tara MATIJA, but also had the outside threat of Chloe ALPHONSO who dropped a couple of 3 pointers – this helped the university to a 23-15 first quarter lead.


The 2nd period went much the same, Pacers seemed to have no answer to the strong inside play of COSTAS who extended her personal points tally to 15 points – it seemed the only thing that would save Pacers from COSTAS was herself getting into foul trouble and forcing her to sit out large periods of the game. Half time came and Pacers had a mountain to climb  46-31 down.


The second half went the same way, and despite HODGES impressive personal tally of 22 points, Pacers had no answer to the inside play which was demonstrated in the final quarter with every University point scored from inside. COSTAS took MVP with 27 points (despite getting fouled out), and MATIJA hit 15 points to provide no respite for Pacers. Exeter University won 76 – 64 and took the Play Off title for a 5th time.

Division I Play Off Final Exeter University I v Nomads

Exeter University I have had an indifferent season finishing 3rd in the league with a 13/4 record, but are current Plate holders and have won the Play Off Finals on 6 previous occasions including the last 2 years. Nomads finished as League Champions with a 16/1 record only losing in the last match of the season, they beat Exeter University I twice by 8 points and 5 points, they have won the Play Off Final once before.


Nomads on paper were favourites for this match, but Exeter University I love a ‘knock out’ competition, and after defeating QE Crediton Chargers in the semi finals, University meant business – did I mention the noisy partisan crowd with ‘pots and pans’ (the students have worked out what to do with those items from the kitchen!) Nomads had a strong support base themselves, however it seems not so vocal.


It was an unusually slow start for Nomads with players struggling to find their range, University on the other hand had players scoring from all angles with no less than 5 different scorers and 4 3 pointers by differing players – Nomads were struggling to contain them and University took a strong 16 – 8 lead at the break with MURRAY contributing 5 points.


The 2nd quarter started and Nomads found their feet (and shooting range) with their bigs starting to find the inside play in the paint – a hard fought quarter and Nomads had closed the gap, now only trailing 29 – 27.


University now realised they were in a game, and there was no way that Nomads were going to ‘roll over’, the 3rd quarter was trading basket to basket, Ryan PARKER for Nomads coming up with 3 ‘3 pointers’ in a 11 point tally and just when it seemed like Nomads would take the lead into the break Gearoid O’CALLAGHAN came up with a 3 pointer himself to maintain the 2 point advantage 49 – 47.


The final quarter beckoned, and once again Nomads were out of sorts and started to struggle to find the basket again, O’CALLAGHAN was forced to go to the line several times as the Nomads defence tried to shut up shop – but each time he answered the question in the positive, the game was slipping away from Nomads and despite fouling University to get the ball back, University went to the line and scored the baskets, finally winning 69 – 57.

Aaron GOH took MVP with 10 points and some great assists, but every player in University contributed to a great team win.


The Greatest Show played out – this was basketball at its finest for all to see in the centre of Exeter, on the show court at Exeter College – great venue, great support, great basketball!

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.