Basketball - Weymouth Bandits v Salisbury Suns
7:25am 6th November 2012
The Tandoori Bandits travelled to Bishop Wordsworth school to face The Salisbury Suns for their opening game of the season with a smaller than anticipated squad. They were also up against a team they have had little luck with away from home in the last few seasons, so the odds were looking stacked in favour of the Suns.
Despite this, the Tandoori Bandits kept the Suns in touching distance through a low scoring and evenly matched first quarter, which finished with the Bandits trailing by 3. In the second the Bandits found their offence though and strong consistent scoring by forwards Manley & Kalkis, whose 23 points matched the combined effort of the whole Suns team, levelled the scores at 36 each at the half.
The Weymouth side controlled the pace of the 3rd quarter, and the game became increasingly physical as the Bandits' lead increased and the home side began to get frustrated, both teams finding themselves in team foul trouble and vulnerable on defence because of it. Unfortunately for the Suns, Kalkis punished their fouls from the free throw line, scoring 8 points form foul shots alone in the 3rd and 4th quarters. The Tandoori Bandits slowed the pace of the game down in the final quarter, running down the remaining minutes on the clock. Although the Suns tried to apply pressure on the leading team, the game was put out of reach by the final basket of the game by Weymouth G.H podiatry Cowboys player Jerry Legg-Saunders on his debut for the first team.
Coach Che Osborne said, "a great first game for the year, and a great result away from home with an undermanned squad. We played some really intelligent and patient basketball tonight which gave us the edge over the opposition. If we continue to play this type of basketball for the remainder of the season we will be a difficult team to beat.
Next game Bournemouth Razors @ Weymouth college, 5th November 8pm"
Game MVP: Dzintars Kalkis
Scorers/Roster: Dzintars Kalkis 39, Alex Furhmann 15, Ian Manley 14, Chris Canham 5, Jerry Legg-Saunders 2, Richard Camp, Matt Board, Andy Steel