Basketball: Tough inter-division game for Torquay Trailblazers

Torbay Weekly

No game last week for Torbay Tigers although their under-16 juniors enjoyed a game at Cornwall Saracens.

They came home with a 81-68 loss but will have learnt a lot from their experience.

Torquay Trailblazers had the tough inter-division game against the higher division Exmouth Knights.

This is the first season in the league for Trailblazers and is all about forming that foundation for a team, learning how each other play as part of a team, and enjoyed a couple of wins at the beginning of the season but have suffered lately with injuries and availability to be able to fill the bench and rotate.

Eight players made their game this evening, Exmouth Knights were the more experienced side and started off controlling the game, but Trailblazers showed their steel and kept in the game, and helped by a couple of important 3s from MVP Sam Stewart ended up just three points down at the end of the first - 17-14.

Coach Sinclair for Exmouth reiterated to his players how they had to 'control' the game, and rotated his players to keep them fresh and offer a different challenge for Torquay.

Davis kept popping up with baskets for Exmouth but Torquay weren't letting them have it all their own way, and following a successful few minutes of play, Torquay found themselves level 27 all, and with French sinking in the final minute, ended up the half again just three points down 32-29.

At the start of the third, Exmouth started turning the screw, their freshness was paying off, and baskets were being dropped by a variety of players making it difficult for Torquay to defend, but they were still in with a shout and only trailing by six points in the eighth minute.

Unfortunately, at this point the game had to be stopped for an elongated period of time, in trying to defend a basket Ollie Horrocks took a nasty fall landing on his shoulder after going horizontal.

After examination by the physio, he was taken to hospital where unfortunately a broken collar bone was the diagnosis - out for the season but with the best wishes from the league for a speedy recovery.

After the stoppage, the game resumed, and Exmouth went in for the kill scoring quickly and finishing the third quarter leading 53-38.

The fourth quarter Torquay managed to re-group but could only manage to keep the scores level 18 each, and the game finished with Exmouth Knights taking the W 71-56 and going home the happiest.

Trailblazers have two tough games this coming week, both long away trips to North Devon and Taunton Tornados.

They will be hoping for more luck in their black strip as suggested by Ben Browning in his post-match interview.

Follow Exeter and District Basketball on their Facebook page, or watch the match in HD on their YouTube page at www.exeterdistrictbasketball.org, www.facebook.com/ExeterAndDistrictBasketball and www.youtube.com/c/ExeterDistrictBasketballAssociation

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