Basketball: Tension as Torbay Tigers struggle to find net

Torbay Weekly

A game without being in front of the cameras for Torbay Tigers and they struggled without the limelight on them

This was their first post-Christmas match and was there a hint of a Christmas hangover still there?

They faced Exeter University II in a Division One clash that on paper should have been a solid away win, but were Exeter University going to let Tigers have it all their way?

Tigers had their usual players available, plus new signing Billingham.

The match started at a frantic pace and Torbay were winning everything. In fact, by the end of the first quarter, they were 16-5 to the good, with Davey seemingly having a game where he couldn't be defended!

In what can only be described as a 'defensive' quarter', the second finished with only 15 points being scored in total, but Torbay were still in front 22-14.

The third quarter saw the Taunton connection of Grindrod and Schroeder take over for Torbay but both sides were now scoring freely - importantly Torbay finished the quarter with a 10-point advantage 40-30.

It was now do or die for Exeter University II, and they started off the quarter with nine unanswered points.

Torbay could not find the net, all their usual players had dried up, a time out was called which seemed to have done the trick as they scored five unanswered points themselves.

But as soon as they were up and running again, they dried up - and University came back with six points.

Going into the last minute, the two teams were level. Captain Palmer chose now to score his first three of the game, but University came back with a quick two.

One point down and time was ticking away when Zell was fouled and put on the line for two free throws to win the game for University.

Fortunately for Torbay his nerve didn't hold and he missed both.

Torbay win the game 48-47. Not a great game score-wise but for tension, it had it all right to the end.

Tigers' Division One title hopes are still in their own hands with just one defeat for the season so far, but they will have to play better than this going forward.

In the week ahead, we see Torbay Tigers travel to local rivals Newton Abbot Pacers in the semi-final of the Plate competition sponsored by Prism Painting and Decorating.

We also see Torquay Trailblazers with two away games in Division Three to Exeter University III and North Devon II.