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New Season Starts For Weymouth Basketball Club


5:39pm 4th November 2013

Weymouth College Tropics 19 – 28 Dorset Storm B
Weymouth College Tropics 15 – 22 Dorset Storm A

Weymouth’s U16 side got the Solent Basketball League U16s season off to a cracking start at Rossmore Leisure Centre on Friday evening as the two met in the season’s opening game.  Weymouth took an early lead but a basket from Weymouth product Josh Westlake gave Storm B a 5 – 2 lead at the end of the opening period.  Storm B consolidated their lead with four different players helping them score nine second quarter points as Tropics saw starting point guard Max Gilmartin fall to injury and the result slip to 14 – 6 loss into the half time break.  Some tough interior defence limited their opponents scoring, as the teams traded blows in the third period, led by Taine Mackay’s defence.  Weymouth finished with a strong 4th quarter push, but it was not enough as Storm B took a 28 – 19 win.

Game 2 in the evening saw Storm A in action against the Weymouth College Tropics.  A poor opening quarter from Storm A and some stellar defence again from Weymouth resulted in them leading 2 – 4 at the buzzer. Quarter two highlighted the continued defence but also the woeful offence as the two teams combined for just one basket. Weymouth scored the solitary basket and led 2 – 6 at the half.  The second half could only get better for both teams as the game came alive in the third period.  Mackay and Luke Strong both scored early points for Weymouth setting them up for a run that could carry all the way through the quarter.  Unfortunately by the end of the third Storm A had turned a four-point deficit into a seven point lead, 15 – 8 and during the final period both teams exchanged blows as Storm A finished with a 22 – 15 victory.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “As first games go, I think we did really well. Our main focus coming into this season is DEFENCE, DEFENCE, DEFENCE and we held our opponents to a limited number of baskets. Unfortunately our success didn’t come on the offensive end, but I’m not too worried as I was so keen to install a good defence and there is a lot of season to go. We were limited in our efforts with Max going down with injury so soon in the first game and not having our captain (Jerry Thompson), but I was really pleased with Rory Legg, Joe Southcott and Tim Hendy who all made their competitive debuts.”

Roster: Taine Mackay, Dion Benson, Joe Stickley, Luke Strong, Max Gilmartin, Kim De Leon, Ewan Goodwin, Rory Legg, Tim Hendy, Joe Southcott.

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