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Weymouth College Tropics Complete Perfect Season
May 31, 2015, 1:44 pm

Weymouth College Tropics 51 – 40 Gosport Scopions
Weymouth College Tropics 65 – 21 Tres Barrilles

Fresh from their end of season presentation, there was still work to complete as Weymouth’s U16 travelled to Southampton in their final league games of the season with only a limited 8 man roster.

In their first game, Tropics squared off against a tough Gosport team who despite not having the most successful results, seem to be able to give the top teams a run for their money. This game was no different as Weymouth (considering themselves the superior team) were unable to find their rhythm through much of the first half as the game stayed within 5 points. It was a half time talk by coach Alex Fuhrmann that refocused the over confident team that gave them the spark to strike back against Gosport, led by an impressive offensive outing form Jerry Thompson and gain a double digit lead and eventual 51 – 40 win.

In the second game it was a different Weymouth team as they converted multiple layups and smothered their opponents with a full court press. Rev Santos and Derek Marquez combined for an impressive 10-0 run that remained all spectating teams that Weymouth were going in to the playoff as favourites for good reason. Weymouth were quick to rotate their limited 8 man team as their Portsmouth opponents could only watch as dual point guards Max Gilmartin and Bruce Florentino were near unstoppable in their fast break offence. As the lead was stretched, Weymouth were able to slow the pace and roll to an impressive 65 – 21 win.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “Was a great to see the lads finish the season undefeated and show why Weymouth Basketball is earning the respect of the local league affiliates. I am however worried that our half court sets have suffered and players have become disconnected from our ‘smart basketball’ options. We have 3 weeks to prepare so am hoping we can get refocused and continue our run into the playoffs.”

Roster: Jerry Thompson, Max Gilmartin, Kim De Leon, Luke Strong, Matt Chubb, Bruce Florentino, Rev Santos, Derek Marquez.


Dorset Summer League
May 10, 2015, 1:35 pm

See rosters for summer league below. You can only play for 1 team, but train on both nights. Fixtures are up also.

Tuesday

Thursday

Craig

Dan C

Jeff

Scott

Jake

Liam

Andy S

Steve-o

Jim

Brett

Chris

Kyle

Carl

Sam

Josh W

Rob L

Tom

Alex L

Simon

Connor

Jerry

Max

Jamie

Alex F

Chump

Joe

Richie

Matt CW

*Vitoldas

Julien

Rob M

Josh T

Charlie

Jimbo


Record Turnout for Annual 3v3 Basketball Competition
Apr 21, 2015, 6:41 pm

Event Sponsors: Mission Fitness, Massage Weymouth and Goodwin Health & Safety.

In its 4th annual Basketball 3v3 competition, Weymouth Basketball Club celebrated a record turnout of players and teams as they closed their senior season.

Weymouth Basketball Club has been running the competition for several years as the brain child of club Head Coach Alex Fuhrmann, who wanted to offer the players an alternative ending to a season. As well as current club members attending, it was a chance for former players to return alongside an opportunity for the senior men, U16 and ladies to play on the same court. There was also a highlight as Ryan Payne of the National League side Solent Kestrels attended alongside ladies National Cup winner Andrea Kurkowski, as surprise guest players.

The day started off at a very competitive pace as teams battled to get their first win out the gate. Though it was held in high spirit and with the idea of bringing the club and its former members together, there was still room for a blooded nose and knockout tooth.

Alex Fuhrmann, “I’m so pleased with how it went today. We had a couple of injuries, but that’s just part of sport and it’s great that the players took pride in finding the wins.”

It wasn’t all bragging right for the winning team as a change in recent years saw a cash prize going to the winners in a dramatic playoff competition. It was the only undefeated team of the day that came away with the top honours, a team comprising of 1st team standout Vatoldas Balciunas, Tom Storey, Matt Clarke-Williams and Ewan Goodwin.

Peter Neal, returning player “Superb day of basketball that everyone enjoyed. It was great to have the opportunity to come back and see how the club has flourished. I’m not sure my knees will agree in the morning, but well worth it.”


Tropics Melt Blizzards on Route to Conference Title
Apr 20, 2015, 7:01 pm

Weymouth Tropics 41 – 23 Southampton Eagles
Weymouth Tropics 58 – 27 Basingstoke Blizzard
Weymouth Tropics 37 – 26 Salisbury Suns

In their next instalment of the 2014/15 season the undefeated Weymouth U16 side travelled to Woodlands School to take on 3 teams that were all looking to upset the league’s top team.

In their first game they squared off against Southampton Eagles who had just completed their first season in the junior national league. Despite a very slow start from both sides and a combination of an amazing 8 turnovers coming in the opening 3 minutes, Weymouth were able to produce quality defence and gain a 41-23 victory.

For their second game they faced Basingstoke Blizzard who sported one of the league’s top players and were very capable of an upset. In the first half it seemed like it could have been anyone’s game as Tropic standout Jerry Thompson went down with an ankle injury. The game soon changed speed as Basingstoke were limited to a small rotation as Weymouth were able to rest and substitute regularly and claim a 58 – 27 win.

In their final game Weymouth matched up against league newbies Salisbury Suns. Salisbury have established themselves as having a strong zone defence and a capable side that Weymouth have failed to show true form against. The game seemed to dance back and forth as teams traded baskets and the loss of Thompson continued to affect the Weymouth side. It was only after Weymouth was able to put in a well-produced offence and tough play from Rory Legg and Derek Marquez allowed them to take the game 37 – 26.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “A win is a win at the end of the day, though I’m troubled that we didn’t do it with the usual 30 plus score lines. It’s tough to expect so much from teenagers and for them to maintain that competitive edge through the entire season. I just hope this serves as a reminder that all it takes is a few unlucky layups and we could of lost our perfect season to Salisbury.”

Roster: Max Gilmartin, Rory Legg, Dan Hampson, Luke Strong, Rev Santos, Derek Marquez, Bruce Florentino, Eric Robertshaw, Jerry Thompson.


Bandits Continue Playoff Run
Mar 21, 2015, 11:06 am

Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits 67 – 49 Exeter University 2

Exeter & District Men Division 1

Weymouth went into the game hopeful of a win that would carry them towards playoff contention.

The visitors had a quick start thanks to early fast break baskets from Craig Sorrell and Joel Franks continued the positive start with some aggressive offensive rebounding, the Mission Fitness Bandits gave away 2 open shots to end the quarter and the first finished 14-10 in favour of the Mission Fitness Bandits.

Exeter came out firing at the start of the second earning free throws on four consecutive offenses, attacking the paint hard and taking a 2 point lead. However strong work in the paint from Vitoldas Balciunas meant that the Mission Fitness Bandits went into the half with a slim 3 point lead.

The Mission Fitness Bandits started the quarter very strongly with their big men all crashing the boards and getting points inside the paint and Tom Storey hitting outside jump shots for which the home team did not have an answer, Sorrell continued his good shooting form by converting on three straight shot attempts including a deep 3. Uni had a late surge in the final 2 minutes of the quarter but still trailed the Mission Fitness Bandits 52-39.

Weymouth got to the foul line early in the final period but only made 1 out of their 6 attempts this was to be the story for much of the 4th quarter for both teams with dry spells in points for either side, Exeter Uni finished the game with 2 straight baskets but the Mission Fitness Bandits ran 67-49 winners.

Stand in Coach Chris Canham said after the game “This was a much needed win for us and it will hopefully give us the confidence to go out and win the next couple to push us towards that final playoff spot”.

Roster/Scorers: Craig Sorrell 20, Vitoldas Balciunas 14, Josh Turner 10, Tom Storey 7, Chris Canham 6, Joel Franks 6, Simon Dean 2 , Connor Doherty 2, Robert Legg.


MISSION FITNESS BANDITS LOSE PERFECT HOME RECORD
Mar 13, 2015, 6:16 pm

Mission Fitness Weymouth Bandits 64 - 79 Torbay Tigers

Exeter and District Division 1

In their penultimate game of the season the undefeated-at-home Mission Fitness Weymouth Bandits hosted the Torbay Tigers. Earlier in the day Tigers had been announced as Division 1 champions due to their top of the league rivals Exeter University losing to Nomads. With first and second places confirmed for Tigers and Uni, Bandits needed one win from their remaining two games to secure third place and third seed for the playoffs.

Mission Fitness Weymouth Bandits started the first quarter the livelier side with Ian Manley and Vitoldas Balciunas getting makes before the team had a four minute spell showing little purpose offensively or defensively that allowed the visitors to steal the lead and momentum at the end of the quarter. Whereas the Mission Fitness Bandits failed to take advantage of their early momentum the league champions capitalised slowly chipping away during the second quarter to extend their lead to 42-28 at the half. 

The second half begun with Bandits lacklustre display continuing with flashes of what the Weymouth side are capable of emerging through the outside shooting of Jake Kinder and Craig Sorrell with Joel Franks also finding scoring opportunities on the inside. The final quarter commenced with Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits trailing by 20 points. With a nothing-to-lose attitude the Bandits began to work away at the lead play by play. Chris Canham hit two 3s with more points coming from Balciunas. Rich Camp impressed, shutting down the visitors' best player for the final 8 minutes of the quarter and scoring twice on the other end. Ultimately the deficit was too great but Bandits had worked a more respectable score line against worthy champions.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “Shame we didn’t show our best grit this evening. I really think we could of got Torbay, but ultimately they wanted it more so it was well deserved. Heading into the playoffs we still hold the higher seed, so will hopefully see them at the finals.”

Roster/Scorers: Vitoldas Balciunas 16, Ian Manley 10, Chris Canham 8, Jake Kinder 7, Joel Franks 6, Jim de Bertrand 6,  Craig Sorrell 5, Rich Camp 5, Brett Dunster 1, Carl Carter.


Bandits roll on Cowboys
Feb 26, 2015, 6:07 pm

Exeter & District Mens Division 1

Mission Fitness Bandits 95-32 Weymouth Cowboys

Match Sponsor: Coleman Insurance Brokers

On Tuesday
 night a well experienced Bandits team faced off against the younger Cowboys side. Although it was fun for these teams to match up, the Bandits knew they needed this win to solidify their playoff hopes.

It was a slow start for the Bandits as defensive rebounding seemed to be the problem; the Cowboys took advantage of this and converted on second chance points. It was a different story on the other end as Bandits executed off of their half court sets well, with Jim De Bertrand and Vitoldas Balciunas scoring inside. In the second quarter the Bandits started hitting from the three point line which increased their lead, finishing the half 50-26.

The Bandits began the third with an aggressive defence which caused problems for the young Cowboys side leading to turnovers, the Bandits capitalized on these mistakes with Craig Sorrell and Jake kinder racking up quick points. The final quarter was another good quarter on both ends for the Bandits, finishing the game with an easy 95-42.

Bandit’s Gilmartin said: “Although it was a slow start, we played with a high intensity especially for most of the game and that’s when we’re at our best”

MVP: Craig Sorrell

Roster/Scorers: Craig Sorrell 23, Vitoldas Balciunas 17, Jim De Bertrand 13, Josh Turner 12, Chris Canham 10, Max Gilmartin 7,  Brett Dunster 7, Carl Carter 2, Richie Camp.


Cowboys Have No Luck Against Exeter II
Feb 24, 2015, 6:44 pm

Weymouth Cowboys 50 – 77 Exeter University II

Men’s Exeter and District Division 1

Match Sponsor: Coleman Insurance Brokers

With a larger but slightly different roster than the last battle against Exeter, the Cowboys were looking for their first win of the season. The atmosphere in the changing rooms was looking positive and aggressive to give a strong game to the Universities seconds.

Exeter came straight out of the gates in the first quarter offensively scoring most of their points from the midrange area and free throws that were awarded for some questionable foul calls. These questionable calls found Weymouth in team foul trouble allowing Exeter to take advantage of many free throws. Weymouth struggled to get a rhythm going offensively resulting in only 7 points being scored compared to Exeter’s 20. Although, there were brief moments of good offensive play with Rory Legg being found under the basket for an open layup and offensive rebounds from Rob Legg.

Going into the second quarter Weymouth were able to create more movement than the previous quarter allowing more open scoring opportunities which were mostly being converted. With Gilmartin and Clarke-Williams doing a great job alternating at the point guard position it allowed the more controlled pace and patient offense, therefore allowing Gilmartin to assist many baskets that were scored. The first half finished with Weymouth trailing by 15.

Beginning the second half, the third quarter was a strong scoring quarter from both teams. Multiple baskets were being traded by both teams with Willson, Dixon and White scoring three pointers in an effort to narrow Exeter’s lead. Whilst Weymouth’s offense was strong and aggressive the defence was lacking as Exeter had found a way to work around the zone defence and score effectively under the basket. With realisation of this Weymouth changed their defensive strategy to a man-to-man defence which slowed down Exeter’s scoring which could have led to a much larger lead to the home team. Resulting in this change Exeter only scored two more points than Weymouth in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was dominated by Exeter’s fast break, even though White was able to record a few blocks from strong defensive efforts getting back, it wasn’t enough to stop the fast pace and passing that Exeter were putting out. The pace on offense for Weymouth had dropped but Gilmartin, Willson and Clarke-Williams managed to put some points on the board to close out the game.

Player, Jay Willson “It was a good effort from everybody today, if we didn’t have such a slow start offensively it would have definitely been a winnable game. If we were able to bring out one or two more players it would have been more suitable as we could have had a stronger rotation but we weren’t able to on this occasion.”

Game MVP: Jay Willson

Roster/Scorers: Jay Willson 13, Scott White 11, Max Gilmartin 10 , Matt Clarke-Williams 7, Rory Legg 4, Jamie Dixon 3, Rob Legg 2, Joe Southcott.


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