Tropics Fall Short As Season Ends
3:15pm 22nd May 2013
In the closing matches of the season, Weymouth’s under 16 basketball team travelled to Poole in an effort to finish an underwhelming season with a win.
In their first game of the evening they faced Dorset Storm A who also failed to live up to their potential and looked to finish with a win. Unfortunately for the Weymouth side it was not to be as Dorset flew out the gates, finding multiple baskets and taking a commanding lead despite some tough rebounding from Scott White and Taine Mackay. As the game progressed the young Tropics side did manage to fight back with some key baskets from Matt Clarke-Williams and improved team passing. Despite the improvements Weymouth still couldn’t chip away at the lead and though they traded basketball with their opponents they were unable to grasp the lead and finished the game 23 – 35 at a loss.
In the second game of the night, Weymouth faced title bound Dorset Storm B. Though Weymouth had previously beaten the top team in their previous meeting, it was still going to be a tough match as Weymouth still struggled to find their true form. It seems both teams were unable to find their stride as each failed to gain a commanding lead, with each defensive effort keeping the score down. It was only in the second half of the game that Dorset took their chance and found themselves with a 6 point lead. Fortunately for the Tropics this was short lived as the reality of a loss to end the season set in and spurred the side into action and an opportunity to win the game. The teams fired back and forth lead by Jake Kinder and Luke Strong and with only 4.8 seconds left Clarke-Williams was sent to the free throw line to steal the win, the young captain unable to hit both free throws and thus sent the game into overtime. Once again Weymouth was unable to start strong as Storm quickly scored back to back and take an overtime win 43 - 39.
Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “It’s a real shame we had to finish like this. I still stand by my opinion in that we have the most talented team in the league and should have walked away with not only wins this evening but also the title. As always we showed flashes of what we’re able to do but for whatever reason the lads didn’t step up and let those games get away from them. I’m still positive though as we have some great younger players coming up and looking forward to making another push next season.”
Roster: Jake Kinder, Matt Clarke-Williams, Taine Mackay, Josh Westlake, Joe Heffell, Joe Stickley, Dion Benson, Scott White, Harry Bown, Luke Strong, Jerry Thompson.
If you’re interested in playing for Weymouth Basketball Club next season, they are still training until the summer holidays. If you’re in either year 9 or 10 and want to get into a new exciting sport, come down to Weymouth College (1pm) on Saturdays for free taster sessions.