Basketball: Mission Fitness Fall in Cup

Basketball:  Mission Fitness Fall in Cup

Published at 11:10am 28th January 2015.

Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits 67 – 78 Crediton Chargers.

In the latest 1st team action, Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits took a road trip to Middlemore to face off against the Crediton Chargers for a semi-final cup game. Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits went into this game looking to make a start to ignite their away performance as they have only managed one away game win so far this season.

The opening of the game saw Vitoldas Balciunas win the tip off and allowing Ian Manley the game but hard play on both ends of the court from both teams saw the score for the game remain very close throughout. Three straight points from big man Joel Franks followed by four free throws made by guard Craig Sorrell kept the Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits neck to neck with the Crediton Chargers. The quarter ended with a nice open three point shot from Andy Steele to see the first quarters end the Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits 16 – 17 Crediton Chargers.

The second quarter was much like the first, both teams attempting to get out in front of the other team and take a hold of the game. Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits opened the scoring for the quarter with Chris Canham getting his first points of the game. But once again for every point the Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits scored, Crediton Chargers managed to answer with points of their own. Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits showed a change in defensive strategy attempting to stop points from coming from the inside scoring. While this tactic worked it meant that Crediton Chargers had to change up their strategy, which sadly started to work for them as they finished the quarter having scored three 3 point shots for the quarter. Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits managed once again to land a three pointer at the end of the quarter but sadly was not enough to bring the scores level. Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits went into the half trailing the Crediton Chargers 39-34.

After the half time break Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits were looking for a strong quarter to comeback from their current five point deficit. Sadly the quarter opening did not go as well as they had hoped as Crediton Chargers managed to score eight points to the Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits two points. The next three minutes saw the Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits spark their offence as they scored back to back points from players Jake Kinder and Vitoldas Balciunas. That though marked the end of the run in the quarter for the Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits and the final minutes of the quarter saw the Crediton Chargers score five unanswered points and allowed them to maintain the lead at the quarters end. The scores going into the final quarter: Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits 45 – Crediton Chargers 55.

The fourth quarter needed some huge plays for the Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits to claw back the score going into the quarter with a ten point deficit. A quick flurry of points once again cut the scores to within eight points. But then disaster struck and Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits guard Jake Kinder suffered an injury that saw him have to sit out the rest of the game. The remaining seven players battled hard against the Crediton Chargers with Ian Manley scoring eight points for the quarter. But once again the Crediton Chargers found their rhythm on offense and managed to maintain the lead throughout the quarter. The final whistle went and the game ended along with Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits dreams of advancement within the cup competition. The final score for the game, Weymouth Mission Fitness Bandits 67 – 78 Crediton Chargers.

MVP: Craig Sorrell

Scores/Roster: Craig Sorrell 19, Joel Franks 13, Ian Manley 10, Vatoldas Balciunas 11 , Jake Kinder 7, Andy Steel 5 , Chris Canham 2, Carl Carter.