Basketball: Pacers win Plate final place with victory in hard-fought game

Torbay Weekly

Attention turned to the Plate semi-final for Torbay Tigers this week as they were attempting to book their place in the final on Sunday, February 27.

Their opponents were near noisy neighbours - Newton Abbot Pacers with several ex-Tigers players in their squad.

A previous league match with Tigers at home had resulted in a narrow win for Tigers, could Pacers exact revenge?

The first quarter started with Finn Evans and Ross Little active in the key for Tigers.

Pacers were struggling to keep them away from the basket as they scythed through the paint to help Tigers to a 15-11 end of first quarter lead,

The second quarter started with MVP for Pacers Tom Woods taking the game to Tigers.

He was scoring from outside the three-point line but also in the paint, as the image shows Woods cutting through the orange defence towards the basket.

Woods almost single-handed brought Pacers not only back into the match but also with a half-time lead 35-31.

Tigers needed to try something different in the third quarter but despite numerous baskets by captain Palmer, it was Pacers - with Woods ably supported by Laws and Best - that seemed to be maintaining the lead.

Then Palmer and Little linked up and finished the quarter with numerous baskets from the free-throw line which put them into the break with a 56-53 lead - this game was anyone's!

Best switched up a gear in the final quarter, a couple of threes and with the game time ticking away, both sides were fouling to retrieve the ball, and almost became a shoot-out on the free throw line from Woods and Palmer both putting the ball in the basket.

Despite all the effort, Pacers took the win and the Plate final place with a 75-68 victory in a hard game but emotions left on the court at the conclusion of the game - if you want to watch the game it is on our YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/0IdyN2AExgs

The focus will now return to the league for Torbay who, with three games left in the season, are competing for the title in Division One.

Two of their games are against their title oppositions - Exeter University I and Spartan Nomads I, so everything in their hands.

In Division Three, Torquay Trailblazers continue their brave injury-savaged season with two games in the last week, both losses but no disgrace for the team, and trying to achieve the best position for the post season play-offs.

This has been Exeter and District Basketball Association's 60th season, and remarkable that with just two weeks left of the regular season, no title has yet been decided and in all but one of the four divisions, any team in three could win the title.

There have been several close games, and with play-off positions up for grabs, all teams are fighting to the end and no match is an easy win.

The cup finals day is held at Exeter College show court on Sunday, February 27, with four games starting at 9.30am until about 5.30pm.

Admission is free and a full house of 500 is expected - get along and take in some of the fast and loud action for free. Full details as they come in via the FB page
www.facebook.com/ExeterAndDistrictBasketball or our website www.exeterdistrictbasketball.org

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