Somerset Basketball League: Culm Valley Comets 92 – 52 Bridport Evolution
8:32am 22nd November 2012
(Updated 8:33am 22nd November 2012)
A SLOW start cost Bridport Evolution dear as their depleted squad were leapfrogged in the league by Culm Valley Comets.
Having started the season well, with two wins in three, Bridport are currently having to rebuild their squad after two key players moved away and another remains sidelined with injury.
After a slow start the skeleton squad put in a valiant second half performance but were unable to find an answer to the Comets 6’9” centre, who scored 28 of his sides points, or their three point shooting, with 27 points from behind the arc.
After arriving late to the Friday night game the Bridport side had a limited warm up and consequently struggled to get going early on. The home side took advantage of this and their extra sharpness helped them build a 30 point lead by half time.
In the second half Bridport began to stage a comeback but with such a small squad the pace of the game soon caught up with them and eventually the visitors had to concede defeat.
Despite the loss there were some positive performances with Ally Hughes scoring nine points and leading the rebounding with 12 boards, both a season’s best for him. Player coach Tom Glover added 15 points and 11 rebounds as well has leading the assists on the night and debutant Pavel Dimitrov scored his first six points for the side with two three point shots.
Captain Craig Sorrell had a quiet night by his own high standards but this didn’t stop him scoring 19 points, while Gavin King and Carlos Altuzarra-Leon both had their best games for the club so far.
Neil Gray completed the line up and put on a tough defensive display against a much bigger side and is still carrying the cuts and bruises to prove it.
Coach Tom Glover said: “It was a massive disappointment to lose this game as with our full squad available we would have won it comfortably. That said I don’t want to take anything away from those who did play. There were some really good performances, especially from the new guys, but with only eight players we just didn’t have the legs.
“There is quite a gulf in class between the bottom four and the top five in this league and it’s very hard to cause an upset in basketball. We’re currently second in that bottom four with two games in hand so I’m fairly happy with that. We play Culm Valley again in the last game of the season at home so that could now prove to be a vital match.”
Bridport face their toughest challenge yet this Friday night when they travel to second place Bridgwater Baltics who have only lost once this season.
Training sessions for the team are on Monday nights at Bridport Youth Centre from 7pm and are open to all aged 14+.
Players and points – Sorrell 19, Tom Glover 15, Ally Hughes 9, Dimitrov 6, Gray 2, King 1, Altuzarra-Leon, Ross Hughes.