Raiders Leave Peelers Stood Still
10:27am 8th December 2014
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.”