Weymouth Basketball: Tropics Melt Blizzards on Route to Conference Title

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Published at 7:56am 21st April 2015.

In their next instalment of the 2014/15 season the undefeated Weymouth U16 side travelled to Woodlands School to take on 3 teams that were all looking to upset the league’s top team.

In their next instalment of the 2014/15 season the undefeated Weymouth U16 side travelled to Woodlands School to take on 3 teams that were all looking to upset the league’s top team.

In their first game they squared off against Southampton Eagles who had just completed their first season in the junior national league. Despite a very slow start from both sides and a combination of an amazing 8 turnovers coming in the opening 3 minutes, Weymouth were able to produce quality defence and gain a 41-23 victory.

For their second game they faced Basingstoke Blizzard who sported one of the league’s top players and were very capable of an upset. In the first half it seemed like it could have been anyone’s game as Tropic standout Jerry Thompson went down with an ankle injury. The game soon changed speed as Basingstoke were limited to a small rotation as Weymouth were able to rest and substitute regularly and claim a 58 – 27 win.

In their final game Weymouth matched up against league newbies Salisbury Suns. Salisbury have established themselves as having a strong zone defence and a capable side that Weymouth have failed to show true form against. The game seemed to dance back and forth as teams traded baskets and the loss of Thompson continued to affect the Weymouth side. It was only after Weymouth was able to put in a well-produced offence and tough play from Rory Legg and Derek Marquez allowed them to take the game 37 – 26.

Coach Alex Fuhrmann, “A win is a win at the end of the day, though I’m troubled that we didn’t do it with the usual 30 plus score lines. It’s tough to expect so much from teenagers and for them to maintain that competitive edge through the entire season. I just hope this serves as a reminder that all it takes is a few unlucky layups and we could of lost our perfect season to Salisbury.”

 

Weymouth Tropics 41 – 23 Southampton Eagles

Weymouth Tropics 58 – 27 Basingstoke Blizzard

Weymouth Tropics 37 – 26 Salisbury Suns

 

Roster: Max Gilmartin, Rory Legg, Dan Hampson, Luke Strong, Rev Santos, Derek Marquez, Bruce Florentino, Eric Robertshaw, Jerry Thompson.