Basketball - Weymouth Tandoori Bandits 68 – 61 Gosport Scorpions
3:08pm 24th December 2012
Both teams had yet to play a competitive game in the cup progressing to the second round on the back of first round byes.
The Tandoori Bandits started the game well despite the long journey to the naval town. Early scores from the Scorpions key players were soon answered with moves to the basket from Kalkis, Dodge and Carter. From the outset it was clear that without the presents of any of the first team or other guards everyone would need to handle more of the ball than usual. With momentum swinging Weymouth’s way the first quarter ended 16 -10 in the away sides favour.
Buoyant from the first period knowing the Scorpions were there for the taking the Tandoori Bandits started the second as if the game was a done deal. However this act of complacency saw the home side regain control of the game capitalising on a down turn Weymouth’s motivation. A series of inside moves and 3’s left the Tandoori Bandits stunned moving toward the half as they struggled to regain their stride. Half time score Scorpions 30 Tandoori Bandits 27.
It was clear that in order from the Tandoori Bandits to progress to the next stage of the cup they needed to up their intensity at both ends of the floor. This call was answered by all players stepping it up on defence and offence at the start and throughout the third. Daniels and Stokey in particular played essential roles in pressurising the home side, forcing them to take poor shot decision and create turnovers. This allowed Weymouth to run the fast break, a characteristic feature of their game which had yet to feature. A run of unanswered scores from Manley and Kalkis saw Tandoori Bandits regain the lead forcing the home side into foul trouble. Beyond this time the balance of the game was aligned in the Tandoori Bandits favour. Sustained scoring from across the roster during the final quarter coupled with team foul problems for the Scorpions placed the victory firmly within the away sides hands. Final Score Weymouth Tandoori Bandits 68 – Gosport Scorpions 61.
Captain Chris Canham, “ Away games against any team when you have to travel for more than two and a half hours to get to are always going to be a challenge. However, despite our inconsistent intensity the team picked it up when it was required and worked hard to achieve the result we needed. A big thank you to the guys from other teams in the club who stepped up and helped the Tandoori Bandits progress in arguably the best cup run the club seen in several years.”
Game MVP: Dzintars Kalkis
Roster/Scorers: Dzintars Kalkis 25, Ian Manley 20, Chris Canham 11, Sam Dodge 7, Carl Carter 2, Jordan Daniels 2, Ben Stokey 1.