Basketball: Torbay Tigers' victory leaves them joint top of Division One

Torbay Weekly

The new year has come and gone, the Christmas decorations packed away and week 15 of the basketball season is underway.

The only local team to have a game this week was Torbay Tigers, who faced a tricky fixture at Taunton Tornados in an inter divisional game against the second-placed team.

Taunton had their share of match winners and three-point shooters and Torbay knew they had to be on their game from the off.

Torbay came with a strong team, they needed the win to keep the pressure on Spartan Nomads at the top of Division One, and Lloyd Blackler was on form with four consecutive baskets including three three-pointers, and followed up by Ross Little's seven consecutive points it allowed Torbay to finish the first quarter leading 23-21.

Compared to the first quarter, the second went completely defensive, with Torbay taking the quarter by eight points to six and thus pushing out their lead to four points.

Taunton needed to turn things around in the third quarter and Torbay started struggling to compete.

Despite a couple more threes from Blackler and Captain Palmer, Torbay found themselves trailing at the end of the third 51-48, a big seven-point turnaround.

Torbay were the team that now needed to find answers, and like so many times this season, they looked to their bench and although normally to youth, this time to answer the call was Taunton local Marc Schroeder, and a great team effort from Little, Blackler, Grindrod and Palmer baskets were being scored from all around the team.

The point deficit was shrinking and now it was Taunton struggling with the answers - Tigers ran out 73-69 winners with a massive 25-point final quarter!

This leaves Torbay joint top of Division One with Spartan Nomads with a nine and one record, with just four games left of the regular season.

Torbay are also in the semi-finals of the cup competition - this season looks like a good one for Torbay on so many fronts.

There is no game for Torbay this coming week but Trailblazers have an away game at Bridgwater in Division Three.

Torbay just have to hope that their new kit for 2022 doesn't impact their game as they move away from the traditional orange.