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Coleman Insures a Cowboys Season
Dec 15, 2014, 5:49 pm

Sponsorship in sport is usually a tough sell to make, but Weymouth Basketball Club has spent their off season working the phones and has pulled up yet another success. Joining ‘Mission Fitness Gym’ and ‘Massage Weymouth’, 'Coleman Insurance Brokers' have come on board to sponsor the club’s men’s 3rd team, renamed Weymouth Coleman Insurance Cowboys.

The club is growing every week as players are coming from as far as Poole and Yeovil to join the clubs playing membership.

Fuhrmann, “After last season we had difficulty with filling all the teams and roster positions. It’s been the opposite this year as we have attracted new players as well as players who had stepped away from basketball.”

With the club entering a new association in Exeter & District, Weymouth have signed a flurry of talent, including; Liam Wyatt who previously played national league side Solent and spent several years playing in the United States College system, Mike Willemse who has previous played Division 1 national league with Manchester Magic and re-signed Ian Manley who has previous played for the club and also Taunton & Solent in the national league.

Coleman Insurance Brokers Spokesman, “Coleman are proud to support Weymouth Basketball club and look forward to supporting the Cowboys in their first season in Division 1”.

Coleman Insurance Brokers have a wealth of experience in arranging all aspects of business insurance across a broad range of businesses and industries. We take time to get to know you and your business, and the risks you face. We look in detail at your existing covers, analyse your claims history and put together a solution specific to your business requirements. www.thecolemangroup.co.uk.

Fuhrmann, “It’s always great to gain the advantages of a sponsor, I’m really surprised that we had so much success and hope we can use those partnerships to improve basketball for our members.”

If anyone is interested in seeing how you might help the club or want to start playing yourself, visit the club website - www.weymouthbasketball.co.uk

Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits show determination in Torbay
Dec 11, 2014, 3:28 pm

Exeter & District Men Division 1

Torbay Tigers 82 – 60 Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits

Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits travelled to Torbay who currently are sitting second place and looking like strongest in the league with only 1 loss. The day didn't start well for Bandits as again sickness and unavailability struck, leaving the Mission Fitness Bandits shorthanded.

The game started with Tigers pushing at a ferocious pace, this took the Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits by surprise and they struggled to compete. Weymouth changed the defence slightly to counter the fast pace and this slowed the game and allowed the Mission Fitness Bandits to at least trade baskets with the Tigers and ended 17-10 to the Tigers.

Even though the pace was still quick and the Mission Fitness Bandits were down on points, they were not disheartened as both Jake Kinder and Chris Canham scored long range efforts. Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits changed the offence with emphasis on inside plays to Joel Franks, Ian Manley and Andy Steel. The three of them combining some strong rebounds and under the ring plays to outscore Torbay, though still overall Weymouth still trailed.

The Third quarter started with a different energy from the Mission Fitness Bandits. Great rebounding from Vitoldas Balciunas and Rob Legg formed a platform to push on from, with Jake Kinder and Chris Canham again scoring long range efforts. Torbay fell flat with no response bringing Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits within 5 points of the home team. This comeback was tiring for the visiting Bandits and 7 minutes into the third quarter they started to slow. Quick subs followed but unfortunately Torbay managed to fight back to a 13 point lead by the end of the quarter.

The final quarter again showed the determination of Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits not to be walked over, even away from home. Balciunas and Steel again showed their strength to pull off some good offensive rebounds as the scoring slowed during this quarter for both teams as tiredness got the better of them. The Bandits did again get within 6 points of Torbay but unfortunately the home side made a few subs and changed their system which stifled any sort of offence Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits had in return, closing the game 82 – 60.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, who was unable to attend the game gave thoughts on the loss, “I’m really surprised the lads did this well so far away from home, especially with such a thin squad. It’s a credit to those that travelled, showing we are a solidified top flight team. I can’t wait for Torbay to make the return leg and face a full Weymouth side.”

MVP: Joel Franks

Roster/Scorers: Ian Manley 14, Jake Kinder 11, Chris Canham 11, Vitoldas Balciunas 11, Joel Franks 9, Andy Steel 4, Rob Legg.

Raiders Leave Peelers Stood Still
Dec 6, 2014, 6:45 pm

Exeter & District Men Division 2

Massage Weymouth Raiders 87-53 Devon Peelers

Massage Weymouth Raiders took to home court against the Devon Peelers for their first home match back after 2 games away. The Raiders had not been beaten at home and were looking to keep this record. The Peelers showed up with a depleted side of 6 men which proved to be a large deciding factor to the game.

The Raiders started off very strong in the first quarter taking advantage of the Peelers players’ depleted 6 man team. Coach Sorrell instructed all players to run the fast break where possible and this proved to be the best tactic. Jeff Robertshaw pulled out all the stops for this quarter racking up an impressive 12 points with Max Gilmartin scoring back to back three pointers to take his points to 10. The rest of the team backed up these performances with multiple back to back steals and scoring the fast breaks. At the end of the first quarter the raiders led the peelers 30 points to their 5. The Raiders went out in the second quarter with their heads held high after a dominating first quarter but the tempo appeared to have reduced with the Peelers winning the quarter 17 points to the Raiders, with a 44 to 22 lead to close the half.

The second half started pretty much the same way as the first with Piotr Lason showing an impeccable shooting performance, making 3 three point shots and multiple shots from outside the key and putting up an impressive 17 points throughout the quarter. Dan Park also stepped up the tempo making multiple steals and completing the fast break lay ups. At the end of the quarter the scores looked very one sided with the Raiders taking a 35 point lead into the 4th quarter. The Raiders maintained their tempo throughout the whole 4th quarter against a very tired looking Peelers team securing a solid victory over the peelers 87 - 53.

Coach Craig Sorrell said, “I am very pleased with the performance tonight. If they had kept up the momentum from the first quarter we could of potentially hit the 100 point mark. Our next game is against Exeter Uni 3 and if we keep this kind of momentum into the game it could be another strong victory for the team"

Massage Weymouth MVP: Piotr Lason

Scorers/Roster: Piotr Lason 29, Jeff Robertshaw 18, Dan Park 14, Max Gilmartin 12, Scott White 4, Jack Speary 4, Ben Stokey 4, Jamie Dixon 2, Alan Ridout, Tom Storey.

Dec 3, 2014, 5:36 pm

Exeter & District Cup (group stage)

Taunton Revolution 67 - 78 Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits

The Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits hit the road for their second Group B Cup game in a week looking to secure a place in the knock-out rounds of the Cup competition. Going into the game both teams had everything to play for. The Div1 Bandits, with a squad of 7 including a number of key absentees, were without an away win for the season and the Div 2 Revolution boasted a full squad, home court and a winning regular season record.

Home court familiarity paid immediate dividends with the sharp shooting Taunton side registering a number of 3 point shots in the opening quarter. Weymouth maintained their heads and a level score by sharing the ball to find high percentage looks at the basket with 6 of the 7 Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits scoring in the first quarter. Despite the initial period ending 3 points to Taunton's favour the even scoring that has been a trademark of the Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits' victories this year kept the team composed.

Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits continued to hone their offensive play throughout the second quarter with Balciunas, Steel and de Bertrand earning points down low and Kinder and Dean with makes from long range. The home side continued their good shooting form in the face of Weymouth's gelling team defence with the half ending 38-34 to Taunton.

The ascendant Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits continued their game plan into the second quarter. As Weymouth defensive strengthened further Taunton's shooting from range faltered allowing Weymouth's forawrds to clear up defensive rebounds time and time again. Weymouth capitalised on the counter attack and dominated the offensive rebounds with Balciunas and Steel putting points on the board and Manley and Canham making the home side’s defensive errors pay at the free throw line.  With all players finding the score sheet Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits dominated the quarter 26-12 to start the final period with a 10 point advantage.

Under renewed pressure from the home side Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits maintained the lead throughout the final quarter. Jake Kinder hit 2 timely three point shots before fouling out to help secure a 78-67 victory.

Senior club statesman Chris Canham said, "Despite being down at the half I knew that if we continued to play our style of basketball that we would come through to win this important cup game."

Weymouth MVP: Vitoldas Balciunas

Roster/Scorers: Vitoldas Balciunas 20, Jake Kinder 17, Andy Steel 13, Jim de Bertrand 9, Ian Manley 9, Simon Dean 6, Chris Canham 4.

Home Streak Stays Alive
Nov 26, 2014, 4:40 pm

Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits 65 - 59 Exeter Nomads

Exeter & District Men Cup

Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits played their first cup game of the season against a fellow division 1 team the Exeter Nomads, having beaten them in their first game of the season, confidence was high but the Nomads looked to avenge a big defeat by hitting some big threes to open the game. Luckily for Weymouth, Vitoldas Balciunas and Jake Kinder took over and settled the early nerves giving the home team an 18-15 lead.

The second quarter started out at much of the same tempo and within a few minutes the intensity increased Mission Fitness Bandits were getting stops with ease whilst Kinder and Craig Sorrell were keeping the scoreboard ticking over with some big points. The Nomads were rattled and didn't like the home teams intense defence, leaving the Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits to take the quarter 34-25.

Entering the third quarter Weymouth looked to exploit the upset Nomads and took control of the game, but they weren't giving up just yet and the home team had to work hard at both ends of the floor to keep their 51-40 lead.

In the fourth quarter the home team had a bit of a cushion but the Nomads had a bee in there bonnet and came out fighting, pushing the Mission Fitness Bandits into making several mistakes resulting in points for the away team, all intensity had gone but the home team managed to hold out for the 65-59 win.

Coach Alex Fuhrman said, “Vitoldas Balciunas and Jake Kinder had big nights tonight scoring points and getting rebounds but it was a good dogged win against a rattled Nomads team, all credit to my team for keeping cool and getting a good win.”

Game MVP: Jake Kinder

Roster/Scorers: Vitoldas Balciunas 17, Jake Kinder 16, Craig Sorrell 11, Chris Canham 8, Carl Carter 4, Joel Franks 4, Brett Dunster 2, Jim DeBertrand 2, Andy Steel 1, Richard Camp.

Mission Fitness Bandits maintain order in Weymouth club derby
Nov 20, 2014, 7:05 pm

Exeter & District Men Division 1

Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits 85 – 53 Weymouth Coleman Insurance Cowboys

From the outset this fixture presented an opportunity for the Weymouth Coleman Insurance Cowboys up and coming talent to challenge the experience of the clubs finest. Mission Fitness Bandits and Coleman Insurance Cowboys are both competing in the same Exeter and District Men’s Division One. This game was the first of two derby encounters to be had this season.

As the game started any anticipation of a mere formality by the Mission Fitness Bandits was quickly confronted by back to back threes from Dan Campbell to answer the 1st teams early scores. Shaken but not disturbed the Mission Fitness Bandits worked their way into a steady rhythm of scoring, taking one on one opportunities and exploiting gaps in the Coleman Insurance Cowboys defence to make easy scores. As the quarter progressed rotation allowed the Mission Fitness Bandits to open up a small lead, spearheaded by a number of athletic scores by Jake Kinder.

A change is the Mission Fitness Bandits defence in the second aimed to limit the Coleman Insurance Cowboys offensive options, but yet again the Coleman Insurance Cowboys came out firing, with a score from beyond the arc by Ales Legg. These acts of defiance lead to four unanswered Mission Fitness Bandits scores from Craig Sorrell, Jim DeBertrand, Joel Franks and Carl Carter, all seeking to make their own mark the game. The closely contested quarter saw seven Mission Fitness Bandits make contributions to their lead. This highlighted the team’s ability to share the offensive workload and operate as a cohesive unit.

During the third quarter the Coleman Insurance Cowboys struggled to control their defensive rebounding which allowed Franks and Ian Manley to capitalise. Mopping up the offensive rebounds the pair dealt a decisive blow to the clubs second team contributing to most of the periods 22 points between them. The Coleman Insurance Cowboys valiant efforts stalled as the Mission Fitness Bandits ran riot limiting their scoring to just 7.

The final quarter witnessed a more balanced affair with both teams exchanging scores in the early stages. For Coleman Insurance Cowboys these scores initially came from the inside, created by athletic moves by Simon Dean and Robert Legg, known as the ‘Albino Chief’ followed by a few long range efforts from Tom Storey and Campbell. In terms of scoring the forth was the Coleman Insurance Cowboys best, but it was a case of too little too late. Even a last gasp, long range bomb from Steveo Reece in the closing seconds, which brought momentary jubilation, was not enough to breach the 32 point gap inflicted by the clubs first team.

Game MVP: Ian Manley & Joel Franks

Scorer/Roster, Mission Fitness Bandits: Ian Manley 28, Joel Franks 13, Jake Kinder 11, Chris Canham 6, Carl Carter 6, Craig Sorrell 6, Andy Steel 6, Brett Dunster 5, Jim DeBertrand 2, Vatoldas Balciunas 2.

Scorer/Roster, Coleman Insurance Cowboys: Dan Campbell 13, Simon Dean 10, Tom Storey 8, Jeff Robertshaw 8, Alex Legg 5, Rich Camp 3, Stephen Reece 3, Rob Legg 2, Max Gilmartin.

Massage Weymouth Raiders earn hard fought victory over Uni 2
Nov 18, 2014, 2:52 pm

Exter & District Men Division 2

Massage Weymouth Raiders - 73 Exeter University 2 - 67

On Thursday night Massage Weymouth Raiders played hosts to Exeter University 2 in the second cup game of the season in what turned out to be an epic victory.

The game started well with Coach Sorrell stressing the point of enjoying the game despite playing against an experienced Division 1 side who have been performing well this season. This advice was taken to heart with the Raiders making good offensive plays running the break and, with defensive steals from Dan Park, the Massage Weymouth Raiders soon found themselves playing an excellent standard of basketball, resulting in a first quarter score of 14 – 12 to the home side.

However, the second quarter was where the Raiders really showed how well they have improved this season with Ben Stokey dominating the boards, scoring 6 successive points, and Piotr Lason finding his shot from downtown to bring the Raiders up 38 – 22 at half-time.

After the break, the Uni side brought out a stronger, different defence to stop the rain of points against them, and the Raiders fell back into their pattern of losing an early lead through basic defensive errors. It took Lason scoring all the Raiders points that quarter to keep them in the game, and the quarter ended with the Massage Weymouth Raiders having scored only 9 to Exeter University's 24 points to hold on to their lead 47 – 46.

In the fourth quarter Coach Sorrell was adamant not to go into overtime and that the home side must improve their defence and cut down on the turnovers in order to get a win, but this turned out harder than anticipated. The tension was high as both teams battled for the lead with Sam Brown and Jeff Robertshaw making strong cuts to the basket for the home team. In the end however, it wasn't enough and with the score tied 63 – 63 the Raiders went into overtime. However, instead of crumbling under the pressure, the Raiders dominated the OT, taking their experience from the last game (a double OT) to conclude the game, with Robertshaw taking it to the hoop confidently and Max Gilmartin and Lason sinking buckets to win OT 10 – 4 and a final score 73 – 67.

Massage Weymouth Raiders Coach Sorrell remarked, “I am very pleased with the way the lads played tonight, although if they had kept up the momentum from the first half, we would have won comfortably and that is something we must work on.”

Raiders now advance in their campaign, playing Exmouth Jesters 1 in the next cup game. This victory strengthened the Raiders unbeaten home record and they are currently top of the table in Division 2

Weymouth MVP: Piotr Lason

Scorers/Roster: Piotr Lason 27, Jeff Robertshaw 20, Sam Brown 8, Ben Stokey 6, Max Gilmartin 6, Dan Park 4, Alan Ridout 2, Tom Storey.

The Coleman Insurance Cowboys humbled by Exeter University
Nov 13, 2014, 1:22 pm

Exeter & District Men Division 1

Weymouth Coleman Insurance Cowboys 36 – 87 Exeter University 1

Coleman Insurance Cowboys came into this game still looking for a win after three previous attempts had failed to bare any fruit this week's challenge came in the form of top of the league Exeter University 1.

Weymouth was down to 8 men before the game even started with one of the team member failing to attend. This meant that Weymouth were not ready to take on currently the best team in the Exeter and District league.

Weymouth started the more positive of two showing a great passion in offence and in defence, highlighted by Simon Dean and Scott White.  Even though Exeter was far more clinical in the finishing this is mainly due to Weymouth given many fouls in the first quarter ending 24 - 10 Exeter University.

Second-quarter carried on the similar vein with Weymouth given up all the effort. Even though the game did not feel like Weymouth was being hammered it felt really a close competitive game. Weymouth also changed tactics and going from the zonal man to man defence unfortunately deficits between the two teams was 30 points, by the end of the second quarter.

Weymouth had started to lose their intensity on defence and silly little fouls were being committed. Exeter punished Weymouth for those mistakes. Weymouth could only score 8 points in this compared to Exeter's 20 in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter start with Weymouth looking to restore some pride into this game as it had be effectively over since  the end of the second quarter. Weymouth came out fighting by scoring the first two baskets in this quarter. Alas this was quite the case as Exeter put themselves back in control of this quarter with fast breakaways. Then it got worst for the home team as Jake Kinder was ejected from the game. Weymouth were hanging on in the remaining minutes of the game as Exeter went through to see the wining margin of 87 - 36.

Scorers/Roster: Dan Campbell  7, Scott White 6, Jake Kinder 6, Simon Dean 6, Tom Storey 5, Max Gilmartin 4, Jake Campbell 2, Rob Legg.

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