Basketball - Weymouth Cowboys 47 - 85 Southampton Uni Badgers
8:56am 24th January 2013
Weymouth Cowboys first game of the season saw newly promoted Southampton Uni Badgers travel to Cowboys new home venue Budmouth sports centre, for the opening game of 2013. With a run of very tough games and excellent competitive basketball from Cowboys the home side were in the mood to get the first win of the season.
With a strong team on paper the game started with am exchange of fast break offences from both teams. Early on it was clear that the Badgers with only six players were in control with almost every offence resulting in points and very poor defence from the Cowboys allowing easy second chance baskets. Before soon and with the Cowboys chances not being taken and a succession of unforced turn overs the Badgers had already opened a ten point lead by the end of the first quarter.
With some tough love from stand in coach Jamie Harris the Cowboys switched to a man defence which proved as ineffective as the zone in the first whereby lazy defence and poor communication allowed the spirited badgers to take easy open shots and lay-ups to extend the lead by 22 points at the end of the half. The Cowboys only manged 16 points in two quarters which reflected some bad luck with shots not dropping for the likes of Rich Wheeler and Sam Dodge, who were the only players looking like they could hold some form for the home side.
The third quarter saw much the same and with the Badgers hitting everything and commanding the backboards at both ends, the Cowboys were clearly getting frustrated. Coach Harris entered the field immediately giving a boost to the lackluster home side but the small flurry of baskets was not enough to answer the solid scoring and all round better performance from the visitors.
In the fourth with a forty point difference the Cowboys started to play shades of basketball that is accustom to the home team. Players such as Jordan Daniels, Jerry Legg, Dodge and Wheeler started to find the basket and claw back some dignity. Although a spirited finish from the home side, the Badgers comfortably ended the game 85-47.
Coach, Jamie Harris summed up the game, "we clearly didn't work hard enough on defence which is the Cowboys way of playing. All players made simple mistakes turning over the ball on offence and due to this, started to erode. With such a strong team on paper, clearly the key for Cowboys going forward is discipline and attendance at training so the team can become a unit. There is no doubt Cowboys could finish in a strong position in this league, but first we must come together and and find disciplined defence and simple offence."
Roster/Scorers: Sam Dodge 12, Jim De Bertrand 8, Jerry Legg 8, Rich Wheeler 5, Jamie Harris 4, Giles Heaman 2, Steve Howlett, Brett Dunster, Jack Speary.