Basketball : Tres Barriles Too Hot For Raiders

Basketball : Tres Barriles Too Hot For Raiders

Published at 9:37am 26th November 2013.

Weymouth Raiders 50 - Tres Barriles Heat 73 Solent Men's Division 4

The Raiders were looking for a much needed win after multiple good performances and a youthful Weymouth team were hopeful to grab that all important win.

Weymouth came out to a strong start by taking the lead quickly. Early baskets from Kyle Houlden and Jay Wilson help Weymouth jump into the lead. Tres Barriles were closely following Weymouth due to some weak defence which lead to easy baskets for the visitors. Jake Kinder scored 11 points in the first quarter to push the Raiders ahead 15-13. A second quarter was, however, not as successful for Weymouth. Missed free-throws and poor turn-overs meant Tres scored the early points in the second quarter. Weymouth didn't stop with back-to-back scoring from Matt Clarke-Williams and a nice basket by Jerry Thompson. After that, Tres finished the half strong and ahead by 10 points.

The start to the second half saw a mentality change from Weymouth when they came out tougher on defence and quicker on the fast-break opportunities. 19 straight points from Kinder helped change the way the Raiders looked at the game. Every time Tres looked to try and run away with the game Weymouth would claw right back with multiple steals and a nice jump shot from Max Gilmartin. At one point Weymouth were only 1 point adrift from Tres but as the quarter finished Tres took the lead by 5, 47-42. Unfortunately, the worst was yet to come for Weymouth when Tres tore away from Weymouth and scored 26 points in the fourth quarter. Conciliation baskets from Jay Wilson and Max Gilmartin were not enough to keep close to Tres, closing the game 73-50.    

Coach Andy Blackwood said “It was unfortunate for the boys to put in a great performance and not come away with a win because of a poor 4th quarter. If we tighten up our defence, our future performances might see a dramatic change”.

MVP: Jake Kinder

Scorers/Roster: Jake Kinder 32, Matt Clarke-Williams 6, Jay Wilson 4, Max Gilmartin 4, Jerry Thompson 2' Kyle Houlden 2, Steve Reece, Scott White, Jake Durston, Alex Mills.