Knights' Charge To Victory In Final Quarter
9:02am 8th January 2014
Going into their 3rd game of the season after consecutive defeats to Div 1's top side the Weymouth Bandits were looking to register their first win against the Winchester Knights.
Weymouth Bandits started the first quarter aggressively with Chris Canham driving to the basket and drawing fouls from the Winchester side and Heaman and de Bertrand getting early scores. Despite finding early success with composed offence and suffocating defence the Weymouth side momentarily lost their intensity. An 11 point run in the final 2 minutes of the quarter from the Winchester side was answered only by Josh Turner's 3 point shot leaving the Weymouth Bandits trailing 12-15.
During the second quarter Weymouth regained composure with scoring from Canham, Brown and Gilmartin. Bandits defence forced the Knights into making turnovers which resulted in more Weymouth points in transition, including a fast break layup from Jay Willson making his debut for the Bandits. Sam Brown made his rebounding presence felt on both ends of the court. Weymouth's defence stifled the knights into scoring only 3 points in the quarter with the Bandits taking a 24-18 lead into the half.
The third quarter started with the two sides exchanging baskets tit-for-tat. Weymouth's Carl Carter stepped up, scoring 6 points with strong moves to the basket in a 4 minute stretch. Weymouth combined this with periods of more stagnant attack and sloppy fouls which allowed the Winchester side to get into an offensive rhythm and earn second chance baskets for by dominating rebounding. Weymouth's Scott White, another up and coming player making his Bandits debut, made his athleticism count on the offence boards, making a strong put back basket despite drawing contact from the Winchester defender.
Going into the 4th and final quarter with the scores at 43-39 the game was there for the team that wanted it most.
Winchester went on a timely 14-1 run with Weymouth's defence struggling to contain their two best players. This was answered only by Carter and Canham getting to the foul line. Weymouth could not regain the deficit lost at the start of the quarter and the Winchester side finished with a 9 point victory.
Coach Alex Fuhrmann summed up the mood of the players, "This is a disappointing loss. We were the better side for three quarters of that game, with very good spells on offence and defence. Unfortunately in the short spells that this lapsed we were unable to do enough to keep the advantage that we had earned and we have to learn to raise our game in these slumps in order to earn victory in these kinds of games"
Weymouth MVP: Chris Canham
Roster/scorers: Chris Canham 15, Carl Carter 8, Sam Brown 6, Giles Heaman 5, Jim de Bertrand 5, Josh Turner 5, Max Gilmartin 4, Jay Willson 4, Scott White 2.