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A Needed Win For The Bandits

Basketball Balciunas

3:31pm 8th May 2013

Weymouth were in need of a win, with the team balancing on the fine of the relegation zone. The Tandoori Bandits went onto their home court with their heads held high and raring to win after a hard fought loss at Bournemouth.

The first quarter saw the Bandits take an early lead with quick baskets from Dzintars Kalkis and Ian Manley, the team made it clear that they deserve to be in division one with the best of the Solent leagues. Alex Fuhrmann added to the early score, making it a total of 9 unanswered points. The early burst saw that the Tandoori Bandits were leading 19 – 15.

The Weymouth side kept their tempo into the second quarter, the team quickly realised that they’re fast breaks were too much for the Wasps to handle as Dzintars and Jordan teamed up for 8 fast break points. The Bandits made sure that they’re lead was kept with a strong defensive effort from the guard Julien Lawes keeping the Wasps top scorer at bay, allowing him only 2 points in the quarter. The Bandits continued to assert their dominance with a 33 – 25 lead at half time.

In the third quarter the Winchester came straight back at Weymouth going for 8 unanswered points. The Wasp’s control was short lived with the Dorchester duo, Ian Manley and Carl Carter, putting up points for the home team and stamping Winchester’s run. Strong defence from Ian Manley and Chris Canham saw that the Wasps were unable to have a scoring spree again, the quarter ending 50 – 39 seeing the Bandits till with the lead.

The fourth quarter was a different story; the Winchester side made it their mission to take control of the game. Being behind all game they had nothing to lose and quickly showed the home side that they were down but not out. They had found a way around the Bandit defence and won the quarter by 6 points. This final effort was not enough as the Bandits, who had been ahead the entire game, had made the lead too far for the Wasp side to catch. The end of the game finished with a win for the Bandits; 60 – 55.

Player/Coach Alex Fuhrmann said “It was a needed win for the Bandits today, we went out their knowing that this game could be the difference between securing a place in division one next year or being relegated. We set the tempo early on and made at too difficult for the Wasps to catch up. The whole team turned up tonight and worked hard. Everyone was able to leave the game with their head held high knowing they help the team.”

Roster/Score: Dzintars Kalkis 19, Alex Fuhrmann 10, Vitoldas Balciunas 10, Ian Manley 8, Chris Canham 5, Jordan Daniels 4, Carl Carter 4. 

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