Basketball: Tigers take advantage in game that did not disappoint

Torbay Weekly

In the week we said goodbye to Rick Wooldridge, one of the founding members of Torbay Tigers nearly 50 years ago, Tigers Men had three games to contend with.

Their first was a Division One away game against Exeter University I, a fast athletic side that Tigers took apart quite routinely 51-63, their second was a home fixture against near neighbours and Division Two leaders Newton Abbot Pacers - the call had gone out for home support and had been matched by a 'noisy' full balcony of support.

The match did not disappoint anyone, this game could go either way, and Tigers wanted the advantage straight from tip and Mark Schroeder rose highest and tipped the ball to Jordan Grindrod, who secured the lay-up 2-0.

The first quarter was competitive and a no holds barred game, the foul count was mounting but as was the score, and ended up with Pacers leading 22-21.

If the first quarter was close, the second offered nothing different, and Tigers took this 14-13, game tied at half time 35 apiece.

The third quarter beckoned and Tigers started to get to grips with Pacers' Gareth Laws and Tom Woods who were both visibly tiring, and as Pacers tired Tigers looked to their bench and brought on youth and former under-18 players Finn Evans, Atwell and Davey.

Captain Kieron Palmer also found his sights and scored a massive eight points in Tigers 21-8 control of the game, with the noisy crowd at their backs Tigers were looking to shut out the game and head to the fourth quarter with a comfortable 56-43 lead.

However, Pacers and more importantly Laws were having none of the walk-over of a fourth quarter that Tigers wanted, both were consistently finding the bucket, Laws scored 22 points in the final quarter alone, but despite this Tigers hung on for a 77-73 victory to leave them in third place in Division One with a 6 and 1 record and one game in hand.

A day later and Tigers focus changed to the cup competition sponsored by Prism Painting and Decorating Ltd, and the short away trip to Division III Torquay Trailblazers.

Trailblazers have had a hard time recently with most teams from higher divisions being their opponents, Tigers rested a few players but their strength in depth means they still had a substantial side to face Trailblazers.

Trailblazers were slow to start, and trailed 23-8 at the end of the first quarter, the second quarter was better for Trailblazers which they won but only managed to chip two points from the lead and were down 25-38 at the half-time break.

The third quarter went the same as the first losing 21-8 and once again they rallied for the fourth quarter but only regained one point, the final score was a 54-79 loss for Trailblazers.

Next week, Trailblazers have an all Division Three clash at home to Exeter University III, Torbay Tigers have a home game against North Devon hoping to keep the pressure on Spartan Nomads at the top of the table.

Torbay Tigers under-16s had a match against Plymouth Basketball on Saturday and produced a professional display winning 74-30.

Games can be viewed on YouTube via our channel at www.youtube.com/c/ExeterDistrictBasketballAssociation

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