Tandoori Bandits Keep Rolling
3:59pm 12th April 2013
With the season coming to a close and sitting at the bottom half of the table, Weymouth Tandoori Bandits played host to the travelling Winchester Knights. The Tandoori Bandits were desperately seeking a win in an attempt to securing a position above the relegation zone of the Solent Division 1.
The first quarter saw Winchester Knights set the tempo, managing to take control of the game for the opening 5 minutes of the quarter. This was short lived after Julien Lawes entered the game and dominated Winchester’s scoring talent, a flurry of six points in the final minute of the period allowed the Weymouth Tandoori Bandits to cut the deficit to 3 points.
The second quarter saw the Tandoori Bandits carry on the momentum from the first quarter. A combination of an improved offensive and defence allowed the home side to catch up with the Knights score, with the offense of the quarter being led by Bridport pairing of Dzintars Kalkis and Jordan Daniels. This partnership managed to score 19 points within the second quarter, allowing Weymouth to cut the lead from the Winchester side. Weymouth finished the first half only 1 basket behind at a close 32 - 30 score line.
The opening to the third quarter saw Weymouth give away a couple of early fouls allowing the Knights to start the quarter with a quick basket, this however would spark a Weymouth with Kalkis and Daniels joined by Alex Fuhrmann going for a combined 17 unanswered points. Weymouth managed to close out the quarter with another flurry of points ending the quarter with a lead of 52 - 42.
Weymouth opened the final period with 3-pointers from Chris Canham and Fuhrmann, having taken the lead, knowing that they could control the tempo of the game from here on out. The Tandoori Bandits then closed out the quarter scoring a ease and shutting down any chance of Winchester catching up with a strong 72 – 56 victory.
Player/Coach, Alex Fuhrmann, “This game was one of our best of the season, we passed, shot well and played defensive as a unit from start to finish. Though we had a massive scoring effort from Dzintars, we really have to give credit to Julien who played nearly the entire game guarding their best player. He allowed the rest of us to take advantage of certain mismatches and put his full effort into what we needed as a team.”
Weymouth MVP: Julien Lawes
Roster/Scorers: Dzintars Kalkis 34, Alex Fuhrmann 15, Jordan Daniels 11, Chris Canham 5, Jim DeBertrand 4, Julien Lawes 4, Josh Turner, Carl Carter, Rich Camp, Vitoldas Balciunas.