Basketball: Torbay Tigers secure a win - and third place in division

Torbay Tigers under-14s in action

Torbay Tigers under-14s in action - Credit: Torbay Tigers

Torbay Tigers Men had an Inter Division One/Two trip to Exmouth Knights.

Knights had been undefeated until earlier in the week, and Tigers had to keep up the pressure on the top teams in Division One.

Torbay were out of the blocks very quickly and managed to finish the first quarter 25-9, Exmouth re-grouped in the second quarter and reduced the lead by four points.

The second half beckoned and Tigers again went on the attack and took it 24-15. Tigers saw out the match, and secured the win 72-54, the win leaves them in third place in Division One with a 4 & 1 record. 

Two big matches in the league for Torbay Tigers in the coming week, away to Exeter University I, and a big home derby this evening, November 18, against Newton Abbot Pacers, and then tomorrow, November 19, an away cup tie sponsored by PRISM Painting and Decorating Ltd to local neighbours Torquay Trailblazers.

Trailblazers only had a cup fixture this past week, against Exeter University II.

This was always going to be a touch match against a team two divisions higher.

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It all started wrong for Trailblazers who only had six players against a full-strength university side who were full of running and took the first quarter 24-6.

From there, unfortunately, there was no coming back for Trailblazers and they lost the game 76-35.

Another tough match this coming week in the cup, again against a team two divisions higher - Torbay Tigers.

Meanwhile, Torbay Tigers Juniors (under-14s) played Somerset Stars.

A fast start by Tigers, with forwards Jake and Jack stretching the game, saw Tigers head in to end of the quarter leading 15-11.

The boys were combative, aggressive on defence and worked hard - really pleasing as they had been working on intensity in recent training sessions.

At the half, Tigers had stretched to a 12-point lead.

In Q3 though, Stars challenged back hard pegging Tigers back, closing the deficit to ten points.

In the fourth though, Tigers regained their grip on the game and pushed on for a comfortable win.

Theo 17, and Jake, ten, led the scoring, with a pleasing spread of contributions from the rest of the team.

Louis worked hard on defence and Tigers were glad to have Marley back from his long-term injury.

Game two against VIPERS was a different story!

In tournaments it is often hard to play, rest for two hours, and then start up again for the next match.

Tigers saw that. Heavy legs, slow reactions and a general lethargy saw them struggle to get a grip with game pace in the early stages.

Theo found himself in foul trouble early on and Marley was struggling with an injury. Tigers found themselves down 12-9 at end of Q1 and 29-19 down at end of the half.

Q3 finally saw Tigers get to grips with things and with huge encouragement from a very noisy bench and watching parents, the lads dragged themselves back into contention with hot spells from Ash and Dylan in particular.

Ethan and Hayden were asked to be physical, close to the hoop and this started to pay dividends.

Olly lost his glasses once and scuffed his knees up diving for a loose ball - the sort of efforts that spark a recovery.

At the end of Q3, Tigers were just four points behind.

With the game swinging each way in Q4, Tigers finally gained control.

Marley scored eight points in the last few minutes and with Rileigh and Theo managing the pace of the game, Tigers managed to see it out to a comfortable close, something that had looked unlikely earlier on.

Grit and determination won the day (eventually)

The games can be found on the YouTube Channel for Exeter District Basketball Association.