Basketball: Torbay Tigers have Division One trophy in their sights

Torbay Weekly

In week 20 of the 22-week basketball season, Torbay Tigers have placed one hand onto the Division One trophy following a thrilling encounter at Churston Grammar against the current leaders Exeter University I.

Prior to this game Tigers had three games left - the current leaders Exeter University I, second placed Spartan Nomads I and current holders QE Crediton Chargers.

This game was a must-win for Tigers, and they had a loud home crowd to support them.

Sporting their new black kit, Tigers had their big guns in the team and came out showing they meant business, with Mark Schroeder and Finn Evans combining with the basket freely and ending the first quarter 24-17 up.

Finn Evans continued his impressive form in the second quarter but this time repeatedly scoring from three-point land to help Tigers to a comfortable 40-28 lead.

The third quarter started well with Lloyd Blackler joining in the points then inexplicably their scoring stopped, and Exeter University I were in ascendency, leaving the door open for University to peg back a few points and go into the fourth just nine points down 54-45.

It was going to be all about how the fourth quarter started, and it didn't start well, University again finding the basket, but again the answer came from Evans and Schroeder who both had impressive games - Evans taking the MVP though - and despite some fouling towards the end as University battled to get the ball back, Ross Little kept his cool from the line to slot the extras, eventually finishing comfy winners 79-66 but not how the game played out.

With no finals day to look forward to, Torbay Tigers are firmly focused on the Division One title that they haven't won for a while, no game this week and then in the final week of the regular season they have Spartan Nomads I away (1/3), and QE Crediton Chargers at home on March 3 to secure the title - no doubt a big crowd will be in attendance.

It would be a fitting tribute to Rick Wooldridge to win the title in the season that he passed.

This match can be found - along with others - on the YouTube channel www.youtube.com/c/ExeterDistrictBasketballAssociation

Torquay Trailblazers got back to winning ways in Division Three by securing a 57-61 away win at Crewkerne Thunder, a promising start to their Exeter and District League career, and ensuring good position for the post season play-offs.

The coming week is now firmly focused on the finals day at Exeter College Showcourt on Sunday, February 27, free admission to all, and sure to be a fast moving and noisy affair with likely to be 500 spectators in attendance.

Keep out of the rain and bring your family and friends to witness impressive basketball on your doorstep.

FINALS DAY

9.30am Ladies Plate Final: Devon Peelers v Newton Abbot Pacers
11.30am Men's Plate Final:  Newton Abbot Pacers v North Devon
1.30pm Ladies Cup Final:  Exeter Spartans v Plymouth City Patriots
3.30pm Men's Cup Final:    Spartan Nomads I v either QE Crediton Chargers or Exeter University II

Full details can be found at www.facebook.com/ExeterAndDistrictBasketball

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