Basketball: Torbay Tigers back to winning ways

Torbay Weekly

Torbay Tigers Mens looked to get back to winning ways in the Exeter and District Division One in their Thursday clash, after a disappointing defeat last time out.

K&S Autos, though hampered by injuries, proved to be a well organised and technically solid team, starting the game out with several three pointers and opening the interior of tigers defence with some lovely ball movement.

They lead Tigers after the first quarter 27-21 with Tigers' newest junior call-ups Finn Evans and Jamie Davey racking up 19 of Tigers' 21 between them.

Tigers looked to push the tempo more in the second attempting to take advantage of their deeper bench and a packed home crowd showing their support.

The senior players, not wanting to be upstaged by the newcomers, stepped up and gave Tigers a 47-42 lead at the half.

The high tempo and injury worries took their toll on K&S Autos in the third.

Tigers' fast break and a barrage of three pointers, from all over the Tigers roster, killed off whatever fight they had left, Tigers finishing the third with a commanding 68-50 lead.

Tigers went into the fourth looking to consolidate their lead without becoming complacent because, with K&S Autos shooting prowess, no lead is truly safe.

They continued to work hard defensively and punished the tired K&S Autos' mistakes, finishing the game 87-59 to the good.

Tigers demonstrated the virtues of hard work and unselfishness throughout, keeping the tempo high so as not to give their opponents any time to rest and were rewarded with a convincing win against a strong side.

The second match up between these two teams later in the season should be another fascinating game.

Finn Evans led Tigers in scoring with 32 while match MVP Kieron Palmer and Jaime Davey added 14 and 13 respectively.

In the Friday evening Division Three match, the local derby between Torquay Trailblazers and Newton Abbot Pacers II was just as entertaining, albeit with less points.

Torquay Trailblazers were low on numbers and only had a six-man roster and Newton Abbot came out of the blocks to take advantage of the space provided to them by hitting three-point shots that found their mark each time and led 8-14 at the end of the first quarter.

It appeared that only Trailblazers captain Ben Browning was causing them an issue, and with the second quarter continuing to trade baskets it was Newton Abbot who reached half-time with a slender 25-28 lead.

The second half started with Newton Abbot in control and included a dunk by Connor Best (all caught on camera),and they extended their lead by seven points.

Who would have imagined the turnaround in the final quarter as Torquay Trailblazers found their way to the basket, again and again and the lead was being eaten away.

A couple of three-pointers for each side and suddenly in the last couple of minutes Trailblazers were level, and who should score the final point of the game from the line, Ben Browning, captain of Trailblazers who kept his nerve, and Trailblazers secured the win by one point 64-63.

The win secured Trailblazers' second win of the season, still unbeaten in the league in their first season.

A break for both teams this coming week, but both matches were recorded and can be seen on YouTube: