WESSEX CUP FINALS
The finals of the Karl Taylor and Richard Bell Cups and the Men’s and Ladies Plate Competitions were played at the Garrison Sports Centre Aldershot on 28th January.
Winchester City Royals beat Wolfpack Fury 63 – 41. Unfortunately Wolfpack could only play six players on the day and the numerical advantage of Winchester proved to be the decisive factor. Early in the first quarter Wolfpack established a 9 point lead buts gradually Winchester started sinking their baskets and by the end of the first quarter held a 5 point lead. A dominant display in the second quarter by Winchester eased them into what appeared to be an unassailable half time lead of 20 points. However Wolfpack came out fighting in the thirds quarter to reduce the deficit to just eight points only for Winchester to respond in the final quarter to end victorious by 22 points. The whole of the Wolfpack squad must be congratulated on keeping going to the end but Winchester proved to be worthy winners. MVP was A. Buchanan from Winchester for her all round contribution to the team.
KARL TAYLOR PLATE
Windsor Warriors beat Chiltern Fastbreak 63 – 56. In a game between Div 1 Windsor and Div 2 Chiltern, there was nothing to choose between the teams in a close encounter of competitive basketball. Windsor scraped to a four point lead at the end of the first quarter and increased this to 37 – 28 at the half time break. Chiltern raised their game in the second half and as Windsor tired, Chiltern managed to reduce the arrears by two points. There were possible MVP’s from both teams but the officials and coaches decided that MVP was G Jones from Windsor who scored regularly and was a constant threat to Chiltern.
RICHARD BELL CUP
Aldworth Arrows beat Aztec Storm 40 – 39. This eagerly anticipated game between the two strongest sides in Div 1, did not disappoint with both teams trading baskets throughout. There was never more than a couple of points difference in any of the quarters although it was a relatively low scoring game with both defences well on top. There were some outstanding performance on both teams and it was a shame there had to be a loser. The main difference between the sides was the work rate of the MVP for the game, G Fellows from Aldworth both in defence and in attack. The game was a credit to Ladies Basketball in Wessex.
KARL TAYLOR CUP
South Bucks Comets beat Hungerford Dogs 87 – 64. South Bucks retained their trophy for yet another year. The early advantage was to South Bucks who had 16 points on the board without reply by the fifth minute of the first quarter. Once Hungerford scored their first points of the game, baskets were traded until the end of the quarter with South Bucks holding a 14 point advantage. The second quarter was closer with contributions from each of the squad members but South Bucks extended their lead to a commanding 19 points by the close of the first half. The third quarter was won by South Bucks by seven points and despite a gutsy effort by Hungerford who reduce the overall arrears by a point in the final quarter, South Bucks deservedly won the game. There were some outstanding performances on both sides but especially by T. Fouhy, J Smith and K Langlois fro South Bucks and W Ben Romdhane fro Hungerford until he was fouled out in the third minute of the final quarter. However, the Refs, Coaches and TO’s voted the MVP to be T Fouhy for his all round game throughout.
I take this opportunity of congratulating the Winners of the trophies and would also like to thank all the teams for their contribution in making the Finals day such a good one for Wessex Basketball. I also thank the Referees and Table Officials for their assistance on the day.
Cup Competitions Officer