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Weymouth Tandoori Bandits Beaten By Bournemouth Bears

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8:29am 8th February 2013

Weymouth Tandoori Bandits 48 – 71 Bournemouth Bears

Last Tuesday saw the first home game at the new sports hall for Weymouth Tandoori Bandits. They would be facing off against the Bournemouth Bears, the same Bears who had beaten Weymouth by 67 points in their previous fixture.

The opening quarter saw both teams trying to set the tempo for the game. Both teams seemed evenly matched and managed to trade points throughout the quarter. Weymouth managed maintain what they had set out to do, they had a strong first quarter and went into the second only two points behind the bears.

The second quarter continued the intensity that the first finished with. Weymouth played with a very strong minded defence; this resulted in harder shots for Bournemouth to take and kept them to a low scoring quarter. Weymouth though also struggled against a hard Bournemouth defence that their offence could not break down. A few drives from Dzintars Kalkis resulted in defensive fouls allowing him to get to the free throw line where he scored four out of four. This was a very low scoring quarter and Weymouth went into the break trailing Bournemouth 24 – 30.

After such a good opening half to the game, Weymouth couldn’t wait to get into the 3rd quarter and hopefully push the opposition harder than they already had done in an attempt to take the lead in the game. Unfortunately this did not happen. The third quarter turned out to be a disaster for Weymouth on both the defensive and offensive end of the floor. Weymouth could not stop the Bournemouth attack and ended up giving six free throw fouls to the opposition. The momentum swing saw Weymouth not only struggling to contain the offense of Bournemouth, but also saw them struggle to get any offense of their own going. Several passes were intercepted allowing for fast break points to the opposition while Weymouth was still struggling to string any kind of offense together. Weymouth went into the last quarter having only scored nine points and giving away 24 points.

After a disastrous third quarter and a team talk in the intermission Weymouth came out looking to finish the game strong. The line-up of players reflected this and made an impact immediately. Vitoldas Balciunas came out strong with a couple of drives in the paint resulting in fouls and two trips to the free throw line. The other players followed the example set and the offensive for Weymouth finally settled, each player helping to add points to the tally. A valiant effort by the team saw a much better quarter for the team than the previous two had been and the game ended 48-71 with their heads held high.

Carl Carter says, "The final score for the game was did not reflect the effort that the Weymouth squad had put in, but after such a horrific third quarter it was always going to take a lot for Weymouth to claw back the deficit."

Weymouth now have several weeks to work on the areas that they struggled with in this game ready for their away game at Winchester on the 20th February.

Scorers/Roster: Vitoldas Balciunas 11, Dzintars Kalkis 10, Ian Manley 10, Julian Lawes 7, Chris Canum 5, Sam Dodge 4, Carl Carter, Jim DeBertrand, Brett Dunster.


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