Tigers go roaring into second half of basketball season

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In the last full week of action prior to the Christmas break Torbay Tigers had important Cup / League action against Crewkerne Thunder. 

Tigers took a full bench on the long journey to Crewkerne in awful weather. It had several youngsters, and all would get their chance to shine with plenty of court time. Crewkerne although a Division lower had players returning to fitness and plenty of skill and experience. 

Tigers came out of the traps quick with Atwell and Chappelle scoring freely and Captain Palmer adding a couple himself, but the experience of Crewkerne started to count and by the end of the first quarter Tigers had a 17-15. The second quarter went much the same way and Tigers had edged out to a four-point lead 32 - 28. 

The second half started and it looked like it was to be Crewkerne's quarter. But just as it looked like Crewkerne could wrap up the quarter up stepped Palmer with a three and the deficit started to increase again.Crewkerne lost their scoring touch resulting in the last three minutes all going Tigers way and finishing 45 - 40 in front. 

The final quarter was fast and high scoring. Thunder via White were dropping threes and were chipping away at Tigers lead, but they couldn't find an answer to Palmer and Chappelle, who picked up MVP). 

Tigers finished 58 - 55 winners. At the end of the first half of the season they are 2nd in Division I with an 8&1 record with a game in hand. In the Cup Competition sponsored by PRISM Painting and Decorating Ltd they progress out of the group stage into the Plate Semi Finals in the New Year. 

In Division III Torquay Trailblazers had a tough week with a couple of close defeats, first to Tiverton Titans 73 - 58, and then to Spartan Nomads II 73 – 80. The results leave them mid table. Next week they have a Cup game against Crewkerne Thunder. 

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