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Bandits Get Stung by Wasps

basketball Balciunas

9:31am 12th February 2014

The Wasps went into the game on the back of three straight wins while the Bandits were still looking for their first win of the season.

Balciunas opened the scoring for the Bandits with a strong finishes at the basket which came from good footwork. The Wasps then scored 6 straight points due to some poor defensive rebounding giving the opposition second opportunities under the basket. The hosts rebounding improved leading to some easy fast break points for Chris Canham. After their early lapse Brown, Sorrell and Bertrand finished strongly to give the Bandits a 3 point lead at the end of the first half.

The Bandits had a good start to the second half as they saw fast breaks from Kinder and Canham producing four straight baskets with no answer. The guests mounted a comeback later on in the 3rd quarter with strong inside work from the Wasps centre Sampson outrebounding the Bandits big men after a short lapse in concentration and lack of boxing out from the team as a whole but the hosts finished the 3rd strongly with good mid-range shooting from Sorrell and Carter the home team went in to the fourth with a slim two point lead.

In the 4th the Bandits sought to put the game out of the reach of the Winchester side but the away side came out all guns blazing in particular Phillips who scored 10 straight points on the home team with only one reply. A short 2 minute period saw good rebounding for the Bandits and baskets again from Canham and Sorrell but it was too little too late again for the Bandits as the Wasps ran out 70-62 winners.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “It’s that infamous Weymouth lapse that let us down later in the game, it’s disappointing for myself and the team that we can’t seem to be able to close out games for the win. We just need to tighten up on our defence and start hitting our outside shots, and if we do this I’m confident that we will get some wins on the board. We have seen some good performances from our younger players at 1st team level so far this year and this is very encouraging for the future of the clubs senior basketball.”

Roster/scorers: Chris Canham 18, Craig Sorrell 13, Vitoldas Balciunas 10, Josh Turner 4, Jim De Bertrand 4, Sam Brown 4, Carl Carter 4, Jake Kinder 3, Max Gilmartin 2, Giles Heaman.

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