Basketball: Massage Weymouth Raiders 58 - Exeter College 59
8:58am 26th January 2015
The Massage Weymouth Raiders took to the floor looking strong in the first quarter, pushing the fast break against the smaller side with Jack Speary and Jeff Robertshaw helping to keep up the tempo with drives in the paint. However Robertshaw was sidelined late in the first quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. The quarter ended with the score 19 – 16 to Massage Weymouth Raiders. The second quarter was just as fast paced with Piotr Lason and Pavel Dimitrov making shots under pressure from around the key. Strong rebounding from Josh Turner and Connor Doherty helped to keep the Raiders in the game, but they were behind at half time 29 – 31.
The second half began with 6 straight points from the opposition and the Raiders began to struggle under bad referee's calls and missed shots. Coach Sorrell switched the defence up, and slowly the Raiders began to claw their way back into the game with Speary and Andy Steel both hitting 3's when they were needed most. After raising the momentum and with strong team spirit, the Massage Weymouth Raiders won the quarter 15 – 11. The final quarter was a close affair with both teams trading points, but ultimately the Raiders couldn’t deal with the pressure and the outside shooting of Exeter College and in the final minutes they couldn't make the bucket to win.
Coach Craig Sorrell remarked, “If our shooting had been more accurate and if the referee were a little more even, the game would have been comfortably ours. Raiders still sit second in the table in Exeter & District Basketball League Division 2, so I'm still positive going forward."
Massage Weymouth Raiders MVP: Piotr Lason
Piotr Lason 16, Jeff Robertshaw 11, Jack Speary 9, Josh Turner 8, Pavel Dimitrov 6, Andy Steel 5, Rory Legg 2, Matt Clarke-Williams, Connor Doherty, Jamie Dixon.