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Basketball - Salisbury Gets Kinder Surprised

Jerry Thompson - Weymouth Tropics

9:59am 6th February 2013

Weymouth Tropics 34 - 32 Salisbury Spires.

Weymouth Tropics 32 - 27 Dorset Storm B.

The Weymouth Tropics travelled to Poole for their third match up of the season against Dorset Strom and the Salisbury Spires, in the hunt for the league title.

The first game would be against the Spires in which the young athletic Weymouth side felt confident against after their tight lose in their previous game against the Salisbury side. The game started quickly with Weymouth aggressively attacking the basket and getting lay-ups from Jake Kinder and Josh Westlake. With Weymouth playing at such a high tempo they got out to a quick double digit lead, allowing some of Weymouth’s more experienced players to take a rest and coach Alex Fuhrmann making sure the entire squad had a run out. The second half didn’t lack the intensity of the first as the Tropics found fast break scores from Taine Mackay, Matt Clarke-Williams and some particularly strong rebounding from Scott White. Despite the Spires closing the gap to within a single basket, Weymouth refused to give up their lead, holding onto a 34-32 win.

The second game looked to be more challenging against the Dorset Storm as they had also just beat the Tropic side in their previous game, by a greater margin. This was the game everyone had been waiting for and both teams seemed fired up and ready to play. Weymouth came out with the same intensity as they had shown in the previous game but the Storm side were prepared for this and didn’t allow anything easy. Despite their great effort Weymouth struggled to find the basket and with Storm converting on easy fast break lay ups they got out to a quick 6 point lead in the second quarter. Once Weymouth had settled down and started to play their game, they found gaps in the opposing defence with score coming from Kinder. With only one quarter left and still trying to fight their way back into the game, Weymouth went with their strongest five to try and bring home the victory. The lead was quickly cut down to 3 points after an impressive basket coming from Clarke-Williams. Unfortunately the Storm were too strong, gripping their lead and closing the game 32-27.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann: “We were unfortunate not to win both games tonight, I think if we had played better earlier on in the second game we wouldn’t have found ourselves chasing the lead for the rest of the game. Despite the loss we still had a convincing win against Salisbury and showed that we’re not a walk over.”

Roster: Jake Kinder, Josh Westlake, Taine Mackay, Josh Purslow, Joseph Heffell, Matt Clarke-Williams, Joe Stickley, Jerry Thompson, Scott White.

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