Navy Take The Wind Out Of Weymouth's Sails
11:37am 28th February 2013
(Updated 11:38am 28th February 2013)
Off the back of a strong away win the Weymouth Tandoori Bandits were hungry to challenge Portsmouth Navy, one of the leagues elite teams. Their previous meeting in Pompey had been a competitive fixture, despite Weymouth fielding a slightly depleted side. With a full squad at homeWeymouth were looking to bring the game to the visiting Navy side from the tip-off.
The 1st quarter was evenly matched with baskets from Weymouth Tandoori Bandits Carl Carter and Julian Lawes quickly answering Portsmouth’s two early 3-point efforts. As Weymouth’s perimeter defence intensified Portsmouth Navy found opportunities to connect closer to the basket. Again, Weymouth Tandoori Bandits’s quickly countered with some inside scoring of their own, with Lawes’ play-making and the home-sides efforts on the offensive glass earning the home-side some high percentage shots.
Despite the momentum seemingly with Weymouth Tandoori Bandits going into the second quarter, the two teams continued to exchange buckets tit-for-tat. As the game became increasingly physical the Weymouth Tandoori Bandits looked to their big men, led by Ian Manley, to keep them in the game. With both teams committing progressively more fouls during the quarter it was ultimately the Navy’s slightly higher accuracy at the free throw line that allowed them to stay one step ahead going into the second half.
Portsmouth Navy came out in the 3rd quarter looking to extend their modest lead. Switching their defence from man-to-man to a zone and utilising a bigger line-up bought immediate dividends. Weymouth Tandoori Bandits struggled to regain their offensive rhythm and the delay to adapt allowed the visitors’ physical offensive to earn a 15 point cushion going into the final period.
Regardless of Weymouth Tandoori Bandits’s strong start to the 4th quarter it was soon evident that without a change in their strategy there would be insufficient time to regain the advantage that Portsmouth had generated during the 3rd quarter. The strong Navy side remained composed despite increased pressure from the home-side and eventually ran out 59-41 winners.
Weymouth MVP: Ian Manley
Scorers/Roster: Ian Manley 13, Carl Carter 7, Dzintas Kalkis 6, Chris Canham 2, Alex Fuhrmann 5, Vitoldas Balciunas 4, Julian Lawes 2, Sam Dodge 2, Jim de Bertrand