WESSEX BASKETBALL PLAYOFF FINALS
Held at the Garrison Sports Centre on Sunday 13th May 2018
OPEN DIVISION 3
Yateley Silverbacks 2 60 Woking Blackhawks Thunder 57
In an entertaining and noisy game, Yateley just edged home after a strong fightback by Woking in the final quarter. The first quarter was a close affair with Yately edging it by one point, but in the second quarter, they extended the lead to 10 points at the half time break. After the restart, Yateley seemed to have got the measure of Thunder as they extended the lead to 16 points with three minutes to go in the quarter. Woking found a second wind and started to pressurise Yateley to reduce the score to 53 – 40 at the end of the quarter. Woking now had the momentum and Yateley started to tire and became a bit more ragged. Slowly the deficit was reduced to four points by the 9th minute of the final period, and despite continuous pressure by Woking it all came down to the final few seconds where a three pointer would have tied up proceedings. Yateley eventually played out the clock to record the win by 60 to 57. MVP for the match was Antony Green, Yateley Silverbacks 2.
LADIES DIVISION 2
Aztec Suns 55 Aldworth Arrows Academy 48
In a highly competitive match, Aztec Suns came back from a six point deficit after the first quarter to dominate the second by 10 points. The third quarter was evenly contested ending 13 points apiece but although Aldworth applied pressure at the start of the final quarter, Aztec Suns held their nerve in the final quarter to easily play down the clock and gain a seven point victory margin. There were some outstanding contributions in both teams who were a credit to the Ladies section of the League. MVP for the match was Aztec Suns Charlotte Barratt
OPEN DIVISION 2
Slough Scorpions 58 Woodley Thunder 47
Slough defeated the favourites, Woodley, in a keenly contested game. It was nip and tuck in the first quarter, with Woodley holding a single point advantage in a low scoring match. However, a run of 11 points to only one basket from Woodley in the first five minutes of the second period secured a comfortable lead for Slough which they never looked like relinquishing in the remainder of the game. The third quarter was again easily won by Slough who now held a 12-point advantage going in to the final 10 minutes. Despite an early surge by Woodley in the final quarter, a three pointer by Slough re-established control and baskets were evenly spread for the rest of the quarter which finished with an 11 point advantage overall by Slough. MVP for the match was Brent Woodley, Slough Scorpions.
LADIES DIVISION 1
Aztec Storm 61 Aldworth Arrows 40
In the match that everyone thought would be a close affair by the two strongest Ladies teams in Wessex, proved to be a competitive affair although not reflected by the overall score line. By halftime, Aztecs had established a 21 advantage, mainly due to taking the chances as they came along, and with Aldworth missing too many of their attempts. Aztecs also pressurised relentlessly throughout the first three quarters forcing a number of turnovers and good rebounding by the defence meant that Aldworth ahd everything to do in the final quarter. They responded well and were able to resuce the deficit and indeed win the final quarter by five points. However, Aztecs had too much experience to let their winning position come under any sort of real threat and easily claimed victory by 19 points. MVP for the match was Jade Fellow, Aztec Storm
OPEN DIVISION 1
Woking Blackhawks 63 South Bucks Comets 47
In this eagerly anticipated game between old rivals, South Bucks and Woking, the spoils went to Woking who ended South Bucks winning streak in the League, Cup and Playoffs which stretched back some five years. Woking played a pressing game throughout and the bench proved stronger in the long run which kept pressure on South Buck in all quarters. However, uncharacteristically, South Bucks squandered many opportunities from the free throw line, scoring only five from 26 attempts. Woking also missed 8 of their attempts. This, and the sinking of three pointers at critical times, ultimately made the difference between the two sides. The first quarter was won by Woking by six points, and they also won the second by 8 for a comfortable half time advantage. Woking won the third by 3 points but South Bucks never gave up and won the final quarter by a single point. Woking’s defensive formations were outstanding throughout and the youngest player in their Team, Alex Braine Porter, deservedly won the MVP for the game mixing strong defensive work with some excellent baskets. Well done to all on a fantastic game of basketball as it should be played.
WESSEX BASKETBALL AGM 2018
Notification of the Wessex Area Basketball Association AGM 2018 that will take place on the 18 July 2018 at 7.30 PM, venue to be confirmed.
Proposals should be submitted to the secretary at the usual email address by no later than the 30 April 2018 in accordance with the Constitution.