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Navy take the wind out of Weymouth's sails
Feb 28, 2013, 7:58 am

Weymouth Tandoori Bandits 41 - 59 Portsmouth Navy

Off the back of a strong away win the Weymouth Tandoori Bandits were hungry to challenge Portsmouth Navy, one of the leagues elite teams. Their previous meeting in Pompey had been a competitive fixture, despite Weymouth fielding a slightly depleted side. With a full squad at homeWeymouth were looking to bring the game to the visiting Navy side from the tip-off.

The 1st quarter was evenly matched with baskets from Weymouth Tandoori Bandits Carl Carter and Julian Lawes quickly answering Portsmouth’s two early 3-point efforts. As Weymouth’s perimeter defence intensified Portsmouth Navy found opportunities to connect closer to the basket. Again, Weymouth Tandoori Bandits’s quickly countered with some inside scoring of their own, with Lawes’ play-making and the home-sides efforts on the offensive glass earning the home-side some high percentage shots.

Despite the momentum seemingly with Weymouth Tandoori Bandits going into the second quarter, the two teams continued to exchange buckets tit-for-tat. As the game became increasingly physical the Weymouth Tandoori Bandits looked to their big men, led by Ian Manley, to keep them in the game. With both teams committing progressively more fouls during the quarter it was ultimately the Navy’s slightly higher accuracy at the free throw line that allowed them to stay one step ahead going into the second half. Portsmouth Navy came out in the 3rd quarter looking to extend their modest lead. Switching their defence from man-to-man to a zone and utilising a bigger line-up bought immediate dividends. Weymouth Tandoori Bandits struggled to regain their offensive rhythm and the delay to adapt allowed the visitors’ physical offensive to earn a 15 point cushion going into the final period.

Regardless of Weymouth Tandoori Bandits’s strong start to the 4th quarter it was soon evident that without a change in their strategy there would be insufficient time to regain the advantage that Portsmouth had generated during the 3rd quarter. The strong Navy side remained composed despite increased pressure from the home-side and eventually ran out 59-41 winners.

Weymouth MVP: Ian Manley

Scorers/Roster: Ian Manley 13, Carl Carter 7, Dzintas Kalkis 6, , Alex Fuhrmann 5, Vitoldas Balciunas 4, Julian Lawes 2, Chris Canham 2, Sam Dodge 2, Jim de Bertrand

Tropics rip game from the grasp of the Storm
Feb 18, 2013, 10:51 am

Weymouth Tropics 53 – 46 Dorset Storm B

In the latest round of U16 basketball games, Weymouth Tropics squared off against Dorset Storm B in hopes of remaining in league title contention.

The game started with a less than spectacular series of plays as Weymouth seemed lacklustre in their effort to make a quick kill to a depleted Storm side. With some flashes of pressure defence, Tropics made their opponents suffer with solid play from Jake Kinder and Dion Benson. Despite the stellar defensive effort, it was the lack of Weymouth offence that allowed Storm to keep close and eventually keep a slim 1 point lead. As the half continued, both teams fired back and forth, with Weymouth being kept in the game via some tough shots from Taine Mackay and quick cutting from Joe Stickley. As the teams approached half time, it still remained close as Weymouth still struggled to find rhythm on offence and seeing their lead increase to only 2 points.

With a slim lead from a less than impressive first half is with to the dismay of the travelling supporters that Weymouth further took their foot off the accelerator as they then allowed Storm to set the bar, giving multiple turnovers and eventually a 7 point lead to Storm.

Assistant Coach Josh Turner, “It was strange to watch our team that were so talented let themselves come down to a level where they were getting beaten to such easy opportunities. I could tell our head coach Alex Fuhrmann was getting irate and things were potentially going to get ugly.”

As the close of the quarter and going into the final period, things did take a turn as Turner’s predictions came true, Fuhrmann spending the entire break berating the young Tropics side. Weymouth faces soon turned as the young team were sharply affected by the coaches’ choice words. Led by co-captains Kinder and Matt Clarke-Williams, Tropics became possessed with desire to win the basketball game. Starting with a strong defensive effort, they soon made changes to the game scoring again and again to draw level. Clarke-Williams was far from finished in his performance as he scored 10 straight points and Josh Westlake collected every available rebound. Weymouth refused to release the pressure as they capped off the game with a dominating period and a 46 – 53 winning score.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “Things got a little ridiculous in those first 3 quarters of the game. We have a Southwest England player, Storm summer camp MVP and a captain that plays for one of our men’s team. I thought it was totally unacceptable that we were playing with such a low intensity and give Storm credit for giving such a tough game. It did get to the point though where I needed to take a more serious tone and I’m so proud that the lads stepped up and showed their true ability.”


Weymouth MVP: Jake Kinder & Matt Clarke-Williams

Roster: Jake Kinder, Matt Clarke-Williams, Ewan Goodwin, Joe Stickley, Taine Mackay, Dion Benson, Joe Heffell, Scott White, Josh Westlake, Jerry Thompson.

Tandoori Bandits prove their worth at the Navy
Feb 7, 2013, 6:30 pm

Weymouth Tandoori Bandits 60 - 76 Portsmouth Navy

Portsmouth Navy are regarded as one of the teams to beat in the Solent Basketball Area, they have beaten some of the top sides over the last year or so and firmly confirmed their place as a favourite in the area with a Solent Cup final win last season against the Portsmouth Smugglers. Weymouth Tandoori Bandits made the long trip to Portsmouth short of a couple regular players, but this didn’t put the Tandoori Bandits off, as their form this season has been good so far.

The fixture got on its way with some quick and explosive offences at either end of the court, Navy boasting tall, powerful forwards used their size and strength to squeeze several well earned baskets from in and around the low post. Weymouth on the other hand showed speed and intelligence to keep the game extremely close. Then Navy with some long range efforts managed to put some distance between the two sides. It was then Weymouth Tandoori Bandits new forward Vatoldas Balciunas to show some promise powering his way to two strong rebounds and baskets, this seemed to kick start the Tandoori Bandits, and long range efforts from Chris Canham and persistent inside play from I.Manley brought the two sides back closer together by the end of the first quarter.

The Second quarter started with a completely different story, Navy came out of the blocks sprinting and managed to gain themselves a 14 point cushion, Canham called for a time out so Weymouth could regroup the emphasis not on changing the set up but on the energy and intensity. Ian Manley highly regarded as one of the better defensive players in SABA, stepped up to the plate and shut out the Navy attacks, this in turn encouraged Dzintars Kalkis to play his usual way scoring 8 points without a reply from the Navy. The end of the half the Tandoori Bandits went in 40-33 down, but feeling positive.

The Second half started with an exchange of baskets, again with the Tandoori Bandits top scorer Kalkis dominating, but also some positive moves from new additions this year Jim DeBertrand and Jordan Daniels. Weymouth managed to reduce the deficit by the end of the third quarter. The final quarter continued with the same, but towards the end the Navy started to tire and Weymouth’s energy picked up, Balciunas and Daniels ended the game very strong with a couple inside baskets each, but the Navy managed to hold onto their lead and the games finished 76-60.

Canham commented, “The Navy have always been a strong side, and it didn’t help us missing a couple of key players, but that being said this is a positive result against the strength of Navy on their court. Our guys all played to the top of their games. Kalkis was top form again and our new forward Balciunas looks very strong, DeBertrand and Daniels had two very good performances, but for me Manley again proves time after time how important he is to us.”

Weymouth MVP: Ian Manley

Roster/Scorers: Dzintars Kalkis 24, Ian Manley 11, Vatoldas Balicunas 10, Chris Canham 7, Jordan Daniels 6, Jim DeBertrand 2.

Tandoori Tandoori Bandits unsuccessful against Bears
Feb 7, 2013, 6:04 pm

Weymouth Tandoori Bandits 48 – 71 Bournemouth Bears

Last Tuesday saw the first home game at the new sports hall for Weymouth Tandoori Bandits. They would be facing off against the Bournemouth Bears, the same Bears who had beaten Weymouth by 67 points in their previous fixture.

The opening quarter saw both teams trying to set the tempo for the game. Both teams seemed evenly matched and managed to trade points throughout the quarter. Weymouth managed maintain what they had set out to do, they had a strong first quarter and went into the second only two points behind the bears.

The second quarter continued the intensity that the first finished with. Weymouth played with a very strong minded defence; this resulted in harder shots for Bournemouth to take and kept them to a low scoring quarter. Weymouth though also struggled against a hard Bournemouth defence that their offence could not break down. A few drives from Dzintars Kalkis resulted in defensive fouls allowing him to get to the free throw line where he scored four out of four. This was a very low scoring quarter and Weymouth went into the break trailing Bournemouth 24 – 30.

After such a good opening half to the game, Weymouth couldn’t wait to get into the 3rd quarter and hopefully push the opposition harder than they already had done in an attempt to take the lead in the game. Unfortunately this did not happen. The third quarter turned out to be a disaster for Weymouth on both the defensive and offensive end of the floor. Weymouth could not stop the Bournemouth attack and ended up giving six free throw fouls to the opposition. The momentum swing saw Weymouth not only struggling to contain the offense of Bournemouth, but also saw them struggle to get any offense of their own going. Several passes were intercepted allowing for fast break points to the opposition while Weymouth was still struggling to string any kind of offense together. Weymouth went into the last quarter having only scored nine points and giving away 24 points.

After a disastrous third quarter and a team talk in the intermission Weymouth came out looking to finish the game strong. The line-up of players reflected this and made an impact immediately. Vitoldas Balciunas came out strong with a couple of drives in the paint resulting in fouls and two trips to the free throw line. The other players followed the example set and the offensive for Weymouth finally settled, each player helping to add points to the tally. A valiant effort by the team saw a much better quarter for the team than the previous two had been and the game ended 48-71 with their heads held high.

Carl Carter says, "The final score for the game was did not reflect the effort that the Weymouth squad had put in, but after such a horrific third quarter it was always going to take a lot for Weymouth to claw back the deficit."

Weymouth now have several weeks to work on the areas that they struggled with in this game ready for their away game at Winchester on the 20th February.

Scorers/Roster: Vitoldas Balciunas 11, Dzintars Kalkis 10, Ian Manley 10, Julian Lawes 7, Chris Canum 5, Sam Dodge 4, Carl Carter, Jim DeBertrand, Brett Dunster.

Salisbury Gets Kinder Surprised
Feb 5, 2013, 6:53 pm

Weymouth Tropics 34 - 32 Salisbury Spires
Weymouth Tropics 32 - 27 Dorset Storm B

The Weymouth Tropics travelled to Poole for their third match up of the season against Dorset Strom and the Salisbury Spires, in the hunt for the league title.

The first game would be against the Spires in which the young athletic Weymouth side felt confident against after their tight lose in their previous game against the Salisbury side. The game started quickly with Weymouth aggressively attacking the basket and getting lay-ups from Jake Kinder and Josh Westlake. With Weymouth playing at such a high tempo they got out to a quick double digit lead, allowing some of Weymouth’s more experienced players to take a rest and coach Alex Fuhrmann making sure the entire squad had a run out. The second half didn’t lack the intensity of the first as the Tropics found fast break scores from Taine Mackay, Matt Clarke-Williams and some particularly strong rebounding from Scott White. Despite the Spires closing the gap to within a single basket, Weymouth refused to give up their lead, holding onto a 34-32 win.

The second game looked to be more challenging against the Dorset Storm as they had also just beat the Tropic side in their previous game, by a greater margin. This was the game everyone had been waiting for and both teams seemed fired up and ready to play. Weymouth came out with the same intensity as they had shown in the previous game but the Storm side were prepared for this and didn’t allow anything easy. Despite their great effort Weymouth struggled to find the basket and with Storm converting on easy fast break lay ups they got out to a quick 6 point lead in the second quarter. Once Weymouth had settled down and started to play their game, they found gaps in the opposing defence with score coming from Kinder. With only one quarter left and still trying to fight their way back into the game, Weymouth went with their strongest five to try and bring home the victory. The lead was quickly cut down to 3 points after an impressive basket coming from Clarke-Williams. Unfortunately the Storm were too strong, gripping their lead and closing the game 32-27.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann: “We were unfortunate not to win both games tonight, I think if we had played better earlier on in the second game we wouldn’t have found ourselves chasing the lead for the rest of the game. Despite the loss we still had a convincing win against Salisbury and showed that we’re not a walk over.”

Roster: Jake Kinder, Josh Westlake, Taine Mackay, Josh Purslow, Joseph Heffell, Matt Clarke-Williams, Joe Stickley, Jerry Thompson, Scott White.

Cowboys stumble against Badgers
Jan 23, 2013, 6:44 am
Weymouth Cowboys 47 - 85 Southampton Uni Badgers

Weymouth Cowboys first game of the season saw newly promoted Southampton Uni Badgers travel to Cowboys new home venue Budmouth sports centre, for the opening game of 2013. With a run of very tough games and excellent competitive basketball from Cowboys the home side were in the mood to get the first win of the season.
With a strong team on paper the game started with am exchange of fast break offences from both teams. Early on it was clear that the Badgers with only six players were in control with almost every offence resulting in points and very poor defence from the Cowboys allowing easy second chance baskets. Before soon and with the Cowboys chances not being taken and a succession of unforced turn overs the Badgers had already opened a ten point lead by the end of the first quarter.
With some tough love from stand in coach Jamie Harris the Cowboys switched to a man defence which proved as ineffective as the zone in the first whereby lazy defence and poor communication allowed the spirited badgers to take easy open shots and lay-ups to extend the lead by 22 points at the end of the half. The Cowboys only manged 16 points in two quarters which reflected some bad luck with shots not dropping for the likes of Rich Wheeler and Sam Dodge, who were the only players looking like they could hold some form for the home side.
The third quarter saw much the same and with the Badgers hitting everything and commanding the backboards at both ends, the Cowboys were clearly getting frustrated. Coach Harris entered the field immediately giving a boost to the lackluster home side but the small flurry of baskets was not enough to answer the solid scoring and all round better performance from the visitors.
In the fourth with a forty point difference the Cowboys started to play shades of basketball that is accustom to the home team. Players such as Jordan Daniels, Jerry Legg, Dodge and Wheeler started to find the basket and claw back some dignity. Although a spirited finish from the home side, the Badgers comfortably ended the game 85-47.
Coach, Jamie Harris summed up the game, "we clearly didn't work hard enough on defence which is the Cowboys way of playing. All players made simple mistakes turning over the ball on offence and due to this, started to erode. With such a strong team on paper, clearly the key for Cowboys going forward is discipline and attendance at training so the team can become a unit. There is no doubt Cowboys could finish in a strong position in this league, but first we must come together and and find disciplined defence and simple offence." 

Roster/Scorers: Sam Dodge 12, Jim De Bertrand 8, Jerry Legg 8, Rich Wheeler 5, Jamie Harris 4, Giles Heaman 2, Steve Howlett, Brett Dunster, Jack Speary.

An Ill-fated loss for the Tandoori Bandits
Jan 8, 2013, 7:04 pm

Weymouth Tandoori Bandits 45 - 107 Bournemouth Bears

The Bandits were playing well all through the season and were ready to take the game to the best team in the league. The first quarter started well with the squad proving they are not to be taken likely. Julian Lawes started the game on fire, going 100% from 3pt range, hitting three in a row. The Bandits ended the quarter only 9 points behind, with the scores at 17 – 26.

The second quarter was the same story. Weymouth were losing points on easy points in the paint, there seemed to be a whole in the middle of the defence which took the team not too long to close. The team only started putting in the work on offense toward the end of the quarter with Dzintars Kalkis putting a large number of points on the board. and half ending 27 – 45.

At half time player/coach, Chris Canham told the team they needed to increase the intensity, “This team is no better than us, we are not playing at our best. Come on lets up the intensity and let’s be more physical.” Unfortunately this did not seem to sink in. The team were performing too many turnovers and allowing too many fast break points, being outscored by 26 points in the third quarter with a 34 – 78 score.

In the fourth quarter the team realised their mistakes and played like they had done all season; creating chances for each other and making stops on defence. Sadly this came too late as the scores ended with a 45 – 107 loss for the distraught Weymouth.

Julian Lawes, “It was a difficult game, some of our players were injured others away. We did not display the kind of game we are used to. But clear mistakes were made none the less and this gives a clear picture of what we need to work on.”

Game MVP: Chris Canham

Roster/Scores: Chris Canham 13, Dzintars Kalkis 12, Julian Lawes 11, Jordan Daniels 7, Sam Dodge 2, Richard Camp, Gerry Legg-saunders, Jim De Bertrand, Matt Board.

Jan 2, 2013, 10:57 am


Please note the following changes to weekly basketball sessions for the remainder of the season and that we have changed venue to Budmouth Community Sports Centre...

(Week beginning Jan 7th)

- Raiders: Wednesday 7pm-8.30pm (Coach, Andy)
- Huskies: Wednesday 8.30pm-10pm (Coach, Andy)
- Cowboys: Thursday 8pm-9.30pm (Coach, Eric)
- Bandits: Tuesday 8pm-10pm (Coach, Alex)

Great luck for the rest of the season!

WBC Committee

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