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Weymouth Take Down League Leading Hornets
Mar 26, 2014, 8:18 am

Weymouth Raiders 75 - Hamble Hornets 72

Solent Men's Division 4

Weymouth went into this week’s game with not much in the way of confidence after a crushing defeat to the bottom of the league in the cup. This week’s challengers came in the form of top of the league Hamble Hornets.

The game started very slowly with both teams missing easy layups. Then the game sparked into life with the hornets scoring two consecutive baskets without reply. Jake Kinder and Josh Turner responded, by scoring all the points in the first quarter to leave Weymouth down by two points 15-13.

Second-quarter started in a similar vein with hornets scoring two free throws out four. Before Weymouth started to play, and became more efficient on the offence. But Weymouth still wasn't playing help side defence. But with Jay Wilson and Alex Legg in free scoring mode they both hit three-pointers and with help from Turner and Kinder kept the scoreboard ticking over to finish the first half of the game 36-30.

Third-quarter Weymouth did quite well but the Hornets started to get their rhythm back. When Holden was called for a foul that wasn’t this made Weymouth rally again and with Wilson, Kinder, Thompson and Turner all scoring in which was a very competitive quarter. With each team trailing off three-pointers against each other Weymouth edged quarter by 20 points to 18.

Fourth-quarter both teams were getting tired and more mistakes were being made by both teams. This made it more possible for fast breaks to happen with a loss of concentration in defence Hornets took full advantage of the very tired Weymouth defence. Alas this was not enough as Weymouth done enough in the first 3/4 to merit the victory 75-72.

The coach Josh Turner said after the game “I am over the moon to have gained such an important win. The lads played very well in tonight's game and I hope this is the catalyst for more victories for the remainder of the season.”

MVP: Jay Wilson

Scorers/Roster: Jake Kinder 21, Josh Turner 19, Jay Wilson 15, Alex Legg 13, Jerry Thompson 4, Scott White 3, Matt Clarke Williams, Steve Reece, Kyle Holden and Robert Legg.


Huskies hunted down by high flying Eagles
Mar 1, 2014, 9:08 pm

Weymouth Huskies 21  - 67 Exeter Eagles

 

Weymouth Huskies womens basketball team faced very familiar opposition in their latest Exeter District League fixture in their fourth encounter of the season against title chasing Exeter Eagles. The teams have faced now faced each other in two league games, a cup game and the final of the Womens Plate competition. In spite of another heavy defeat there was plenty for the Huskies to feel positive about from this latest tussle.

 

A quiet start to the first quarter saw Exeter build a small lead mainly thanks to experienced Estonian national player Olga Ozola. With Laura Bucke and Carly Lawes replying for Weymouth, the score after five minutes was 8-4 in favour of the Eagles. As Ozola continued to dominate at one end, Jayne Guppy was doing good work at the other for Weymouth. Unfortunately she was unable to take advantage of being fouled while shooting and missed a number of free throws from the foul line which would have narrowed the gap. The first quarter ended with Exeter leading 17-6.

 

In the three previous games against the Huskies, Exeter have averaged 93 points but this game was not going to be quite so straight forward as the Weymouth team increased their defensive tenacity in the second quarter. Although lacking some bite on offense the Huskies were able to apply considerable defensive pressure to frustrate many of the Eagles’ attacks. In the latter part of the quarter Laura Bucke, working effectively close to the basket, managed three successive scores and at half time the score board read 31-14 in favour of the Eagles.

 

In the third quarter the Eagles switched to man-to-man defence which seemed to unsettle the Huskies. Several turnovers led to easy baskets for the Eagles who comfortably pulled away and put the game out of reach. The Huskies were left frustrated and bemused as they went the whole quarter without managing a single score in reply to 26 points from their opponents.

 

In the fourth quarter the Huskies roused themselves and Rosie Moore, in particular, sprang in to life on offense scoring 7 points from the left hand side. More tenacious defence, notably from Steph Jones, restricted Exeter to only 3 points for most of the quarter until Ozola came back at the end to finish the match with a personal tally of 26 points.

 

Speaking afterwards coach Andy Blackwood said “Apart from a disastrous third quarter I thought this was one of our best performances of the season. Our main aim against the Eagles usually is to stop them scoring 100 points. Tonight I set the girls the target of keeping them under 80 and, if we’d had a solid third quarter we would have restricted them to less than 60. Steph Jones gave one of the best defensive displays I’ve seen, and it was good to see Rosie and Laura stepping up on a quiet night offensively for Carly and Jayne. We still need to be more consistent and confident on offense. We’re creating good openings but not putting the ball in the hoop regularly enough.”

 

 

With just two games left Huskies are challenging for a place in the end of season play-offs. They host undefeated division leaders Taunton Tigers next, but a win at Plymouth University on March 7th should secure fourth place and a first ever play-off berth for the Weymouth team.

 

MVP: Laura Bucke

 

Roster/Scorers: Rosie Moore 9, Laura Bucke 8, Carly Lawes 2, Jayne Guppy 2, Steph Jones, Anna Goulding, Bryony White, India Hodder, Kazia Hodder, Sinead Summers.


Bandits Stung by Wasps (Again)
Feb 21, 2014, 10:01 am

Winchester Wasps 104 - 74 Weymouth Bandits

Solent Men’s Division 1

With the Bandits propping up the rest of the league and the Wasps riding high in 3rd, this fixture looked like it would be an easy win for the Winchester based team. To add further difficulty to the Bandits task ahead, they only travelled with 7 players.

Houlden and Legg both making their first appearances of the season for the Bandits got 4 points each in the first quarter. But the Wasps took early control of the game finishing the quarter off leading 31-19. The second quarter did not get much better for the Bandits, Sam Brown picking up his 3rd foul early in the 2nd quarter, which did not help as he could not play the rest of the quarter for fear of fouling out before the second half begun. Turner, Gilmartin, Sorrell, Legg all chipped in with 2 points apiece in the 2nd quarter, but the Bandits efforts could not match the relentless pressing game of the Wasps who finished the quarter even better 57-30 ahead at half time.

Weymouth adopted a small line-up in the 3rd quarter which paid off, Gilmartin top scoring in the quarter with 5 points, Canham,Turner and Legg all contributing with 4 points. Wasps had taken their foot of the gas and it showed in the final score of the 3rd quarter Bandits taking it 27-22. The 4th quarter was a scrappy affair with both teams have mini runs, Sam Brown finally fouling out, Sorrell was the highlight of the 4th quarter making it rain from the three point line with 3 made in the 4th and Winchester winning the game 104 - 74.

Player, Sam Brown “Bandits gave a good go at the 3rd place Wasp’s, but are lack of bench hampered are ability to play are own energetic game, sticking to a zone instead of man defense which made it easier for Winchester when they were in attack. Also my early foul trouble did not help as we only had 1 other forward in the team. Winchester’s ability to execute plays into points just shows why they are 3rd in the league.”

Game MVP: Craig Sorrell 

Roster/Scorers: Craig Sorrell 22, Max Gilmartin 12, Chris Canham 12, Kyle Houlden 10, Alex Legg 8, Sam Brown 8, Josh Turner 2.


Huskies Improving All The Time
Feb 20, 2014, 10:41 am

Weymouth Huskies 48 - 24 Exeter University

Weymouth Huskies basketball team gained revenge for a loss against the University in the opening game of the season with a surprisingly comfortable win in their latest Exeter District League fixture.

After an even opening few minutes Huskies established a small lead by exploiting the speed of Carly Lawes and the height of Jayne Guppy, and finished the first quarter ahead by 14-8.

Six more unanswered points at the start of the second quarter allowed Huskies’ coach Andy Blackwood to make some substitutions but these seemed only to slow the attacking momentum of the Weymouth team. Two more baskets from Lawes were all the Huskies could muster for the remainder of the quarter, but solid defensive work restricted the University to just three baskets of their own. This gave the Huskies a comfortable ten point lead going in to the second half of the game.

Blackwood put the starting five back out on court at the start of the third quarter and they took the game by the scruff of the neck, hitting ten unanswered points with Laura Bucke starting to work effectively close to the basket. At the other end of the court the Huskies also stepped up their defensive pressure with Rosie Moore and Steph Jones particularly outstanding as the students could manage only 4 points in the quarter. With the scoreboard reading 40-18 as the buzzer sounded the game was effectively over.

In the fourth quarter the entire Huskies squad was able to get some useful experience. Anna Goulding and Bryony White managed to add to the Huskies total and a slightly nervous debutante Sinead Summers was able to taste victory in her first ever competitive game of basketball. With the game effectively over, the pace of the fourth quarter dropped a little as the Huskies saw out the end of the game with little to worry about.

Speaking afterwards coach Blackwood said “So many people from other clubs comment to me about how much we’re improving as a team, and this victory was a good measure of that. Having lost to the University in our very first game I hoped this return fixture would be an opportunity to demonstrate how much we’ve developed in the last few months and so it proved. Defensively I thought we were very strong tonight. Offensively I can still see some further scope for improvement. We missed quite a few straight forward chances to score and we need to work on that ready for next season.”

MVP: Jayne Guppy

Rosters/Scorers: Carly Lawes 18 points, Jayne Guppy 14, Laura Bucke 6, Steph Jones 6, 
Anna Goulding 2, Bryony White 2, Rosie Moore, India Hodder, Kazia Hodder, Sinead Summers.


Bandits Get Stung by Wasps
Feb 11, 2014, 8:48 pm

Weymouth Bandits 62 – 70 Winchester Wasps

Solent Men Division 1

The Wasps went into the game on the back of three straight wins while the Bandits were still looking for their first win of the season.

Balciunas opened the scoring for the Bandits with a strong finishes at the basket which came from good footwork. The Wasps then scored 6 straight points due to some poor defensive rebounding giving the opposition second opportunities under the basket. The hosts rebounding improved leading to some easy fast break points for Chris Canham. After their early lapse Brown, Sorrell and Bertrand finished strongly to give the Bandits a 3 point lead at the end of the first half.

The Bandits had a good start to the second half as they saw fast breaks from Kinder and Canham producing four straight baskets with no answer. The guests mounted a comeback later on in the 3rd quarter with strong inside work from the Wasps centre Sampson outrebounding the Bandits big men after a short lapse in concentration and lack of boxing out from the team as a whole but the hosts finished the 3rd strongly with good mid-range shooting from Sorrell and Carter the home team went in to the fourth with a slim two point lead.

In the 4th the Bandits sought to put the game out of the reach of the Winchester side but the away side came out all guns blazing in particular Phillips who scored 10 straight points on the home team with only one reply. A short 2 minute period saw good rebounding for the Bandits and baskets again from Canham and Sorrell but it was too little too late again for the Bandits as the Wasps ran out 70-62 winners.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “It’s that infamous Weymouth lapse that let us down later in the game, it’s disappointing for myself and the team that we can’t seem to be able to close out games for the win. We just need to tighten up on our defence and start hitting our outside shots, and if we do this I’m confident that we will get some wins on the board. We have seen some good performances from our younger players at 1st team level so far this year and this is very encouraging for the future of the clubs senior basketball.”

Roster/scorers: Chris Canham 18, Craig Sorrell 13, Vitoldas Balciunas 10, Josh Turner 4, Jim De Bertrand 4, Sam Brown 4, Carl Carter 4, Jake Kinder 3, Max Gilmartin 2, Giles Heaman.


Weymouth College Tropics Still Feeling Winter Cold
Jan 25, 2014, 12:24 pm

Weymouth College Tropics 18 – 26 Salisbury Spires
Weymouth College Tropics 17 – 30 Dorset Storm B

In there 3rd round of games in the Solent Junior Local League, Weymouth College Tropics U16 were set on gaining their first win of the season. Coach Alex Fuhrmann attempted to find additional success by promoting Josh Turner to head coach for the game, hoping to motivate his young side with a younger leader.

In the first game on the evening, Weymouth faced off against Salisbury who has been a tough opponent since the start of the season as they both are via to knock off league winners Dorset Storm. It started as an evenly matched game as both teams exchanged baskets, Weymouth’s young squad and kept the score line low. As the game edged into the 4th quarter, things took a lower tone as Salisbury took a commanding 6 point lead and were unwilling to let Weymouth get to the basket. Tropics did attempt some last minutes pick and roll offences, although it was clearly too late as the game finished 26 – 18 to Spires.

In the second game Weymouth came out firing as Max Gilmartin linked up with Jerry Thompson to take a 6 point lead over Dorset Storm and looked to have improved from their previous game against Salisbury. It was defence from Taine Mackay and Tim Hendy that then kept Weymouth competitive as Storm were only able to come back in the second half. Weymouth seemed to face fate again as Storm jumped their play and despite 3 blocks from Mackay, locked up Weymouth and cruised to a 30 – 17 win.

Coach Josh Turner, “I was really excited about getting the opportunity to step up and head coach the team this evening. I was hoping I’d find back to back wins, but due to our lack of fire we really didn’t show our true form. Myself and Coach Fuhrmann are really trying to instil the success to match the teams potential, but until the lads want to do it, we’ll just keep trying.”

Roster: Dion Benson, Kim De Leon, Max Gilmartin, Ewan Goodwin, Tim Hendy, Rory Legg, Taine Mackey, Joe Southcott, Joe Stickley, Luke Strong, Jerry Thompson.


Cowboys Get Charged in 2nd Half
Jan 22, 2014, 6:20 pm

Weymouth Cowboys 62 - 74 Crediton Chargers

 

Exeter and District Division 2

 

Weymouth Cowboys entered the game looking to stop their recent poor run of form against a strong Crediton side.

 

Crediton took an early lead despite good defence which encouraged the Cowboys to play harder on offence. A basket from Sam Brown and back-to-back baskets from Chris Canham opened the scoring and gave Crediton a warning that they were in for a tough game. Chargers briefly took the lead but three-pointers from Alex Fuhrmann and Jake Kinder made the match more even until scores from Jim De Bertrand and Vitoldas Balciunas solidified a Weymouth lead at the end of the first half; 30-28.

 

Unfortunately, the second half wasn't as successful as Creditons big presence around the basket
made it tough for Weymouth to guard. Despite some good defence, Crediton went on a 12 point scoring run without a Weymouth reply which turned out to be the difference in the game. Baskets from Josh Turner and Ben Stokey proved that the Cowboys still had something left in the tank. Unfortunately despite a noble effort from Fuhrmann late in the fourth quarter, Crediton stole the win 74 62.

 

Player/Coach Alex Fuhrmann said It was a shame that such a good defence performance wasn't rewarded with a win. There is a lot of positives to take from this game especially knowing that our opponents could compete a division 1 level.

 

MVP: Ben Stokey

 

Roster/Scorers: Jim De Bertrand 13, Chris Canham 11, Vitoldas Balciunas 11, Alex Fuhrmann 11, Ben Stokey 6, Jake Kinder 3, Josh Turner 3, Sam Brown 2, Rob Legg 2, Max Gilmartin.


Weymouth College Tropics Still Without Win
Jan 20, 2014, 7:21 pm

Weymouth College Tropics 20 – 31 Salisbury
Weymouth College Tropics 33 – 39 Dorset Storm B

In their second set of games, Weymouth College Tropics U16 hoped to use their 2 months training to effect as they hoped for a double win, and back into title contention.

In their first game, the young Tropics squared off against Salisbury. From the opening tip it looked as though neither team were going to get the upper hand as they went back and forth, forcing Weymouth call a time out and regroup. With a few well placed substitutions and a change in tact, Weymouth fired back as they levelled the lead. As the game entered the second half Weymouth gained a slim lead led by guards Max Gilmartin and Jerry Thompson, both pushing the ball and finding open team mates. With only a minute remaining, Tropics found themselves 5 point down and with a chance to win, who unfortunately did not find the mark, resulting in a 20 – 31 loss.

In their second game, they faced Dorset Storm B. With a lack of experience, Weymouth was unable to match their rivals as they were unable to connect on multiple layup opportunities. As the game continued, Weymouth were able to rotate their entire team allowing all to have a good amount of game time and finding solid play from Joe Southcott and Matt Williams-Davey. Storm continued their pressure as Weymouth were unable to close out and allowed Storm to finish the game 39 – 33 ahead.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “I was really at a loss this evening. The lads have had 2 months of great training, learning to work as a unit and playing as a team. I honestly can’t believe we came out with such a lack of fire; missing open layups and seemingly forgetting our team plan. They are a great bunch of lads, there is a long way to go yet and if we decide that we want to win, then the league title is still ours to take.”

Roster: Taine Mackay, Max Gilmartin, Jerry Thompson, Kim De Leon, Joe Stickley, Ewan Goodwin, Tim Hendy, Joe Southcott, Matt Williams-Davey.


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