Weymouth Tandoori Defeated By Portsmouth Navy
8:14am 8th February 2013
Portsmouth Navy are regarded as one of the teams to beat in the Solent Basketball Area, they have beaten some of the top sides over the last year or so and firmly confirmed their place as a favourite in the area with a Solent Cup final win last season against the Portsmouth Smugglers. Weymouth Tandoori Bandits made the long trip to Portsmouth short of a couple regular players, but this didn’t put the Tandoori Bandits off, as their form this season has been good so far.
The fixture got on its way with some quick and explosive offences at either end of the court, Navy boasting tall, powerful forwards used their size and strength to squeeze several well earned baskets from in and around the low post. Weymouth on the other hand showed speed and intelligence to keep the game extremely close. Then Navy with some long range efforts managed to put some distance between the two sides. It was then Weymouth Tandoori Bandits new forward Vatoldas Balciunas to show some promise powering his way to two strong rebounds and baskets, this seemed to kick start the Tandoori Bandits, and long range efforts from Chris Canham and persistent inside play from I.Manley brought the two sides back closer together by the end of the first quarter.
The Second quarter started with a completely different story, Navy came out of the blocks sprinting and managed to gain themselves a 14 point cushion, Canham called for a time out so Weymouth could regroup the emphasis not on changing the set up but on the energy and intensity. Ian Manley highly regarded as one of the better defensive players in SABA, stepped up to the plate and shut out the Navy attacks, this in turn encouraged Dzintars Kalkis to play his usual way scoring 8 points without a reply from the Navy. The end of the half the Tandoori Bandits went in 40-33 down, but feeling positive.
The Second half started with an exchange of baskets, again with the Tandoori Bandits top scorer Kalkis dominating, but also some positive moves from new additions this year Jim DeBertrand and Jordan Daniels. Weymouth managed to reduce the deficit by the end of the third quarter. The final quarter continued with the same, but towards the end the Navy started to tire and Weymouth’s energy picked up, Balciunas and Daniels ended the game very strong with a couple inside baskets each, but the Navy managed to hold onto their lead and the games finished 76-60.
Canham commented, “The Navy have always been a strong side, and it didn’t help us missing a couple of key players, but that being said this is a positive result against the strength of Navy on their court. Our guys all played to the top of their games. Kalkis was top form again and our new forward Balciunas looks very strong, DeBertrand and Daniels had two very good performances, but for me Manley again proves time after time how important he is to us.”
Weymouth MVP: Ian Manley
Roster/Scorers: Dzintars Kalkis 24, Ian Manley 11, Vatoldas Balicunas 10, Chris Canham 7, Jordan Daniels 6, Jim DeBertrand 2.