Basketball - Weymouth Bandits 59 – 49 Blandford Army

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Published at 8:31am 19th June 2015.

Going into the second game of the summer league for the Weymouth Bandits they were looking to keep up the momentum from their first home win.

Going into the second game of the summer league for the Weymouth Bandits they were looking to keep up the momentum from their first home win. With fewer players than expected the hopes were still high for the Bandits going into the game despite Blandford having a full 12 man squad that gave them an advantage over the Bandits.

Looking to solidify a spot among the top teams in the Summer League the Bandits came out to a strong start finding Robertshaw converting multiple fast breaks and playing at a high intensity. Whilst the offence was rolling the defence was a bit lacklustre from the Bandits and were allowing  easy points around the basket. The first quarter finished with the Bandits up 14 to 11.

Going into the second quarter Weymouth’s offence was a lot more patient than before and more half-court basketball was played by using a pass and cut offence. By using this Weymouth were able to get open for many mid-range and long range shots that Sorrell and Canham were converting. However the Bandits defence was still lacking the intensity that would let them pull away from the Blandford team. The first half finished with Weymouth still on top but only by two points.

Going into the second half the Bandits focused on limiting Blandford’s offence to mainly outside shots that was working well in slowing down their scoring. Whilst the problem on defence had been solved, Weymouth also started to attack the basket more and was looking to be more aggressive with their scoring, allowing Steel and Carter to get good position under the basket and add to the Bandits lead. The third quarter ended with Weymouth being up by 8 points and looking to increase the lead.

The fourth quarter showed the fatigue, despite Blandford having a full team; bad turnovers were caused by both teams. Even though either team wasn’t looking as great as they were in the first three quarters the Bandits continued to push on with more experience behind them and were passing around a lot more to get each other open for better shot opportunities. The experience behind the Weymouth pushed them on to win the game by ten points.

Roster/Scorers:  Craig Sorrell 16, Jeff Robertshaw 15, Chris Canham 10, Andy Steel 9, Carl Carter 6, Jay Willson 3, Jamie Dixon