We are 2 weeks into the Season and the Conferences are hotting up!!
Monday 3rd Oct saw the Southbourne Blazers travel to the young U18 Storm. It was a close game throughout, with the Storm having a whole new roster, trying to find their early rhythm as they all step up to senior fixtures. It was tied 26-26 at the half but Storm edged away to take the win 68-61.
Immediately after that the Storm mens team hosted the Oaks, but it was the away team who quickly got into stride and jumped to a 32-12 lead after Q1 and kept it all the way to the finish 91-53! 17pts for D.Gilvinas!
Across the county the Evolution welcomed the new Salisbury Suns. Suns join us from Div1 SABA so the Evo knew they had a game on their hands. Suns quickly got to grips with the game and after a quiet 2ndQ from the hosts, it was 41-30 to the Suns at the break. Suns didn't hold back in Q3 as P.Lason had the only basket in open play for Bridport, whilst the Suns stretched their lead. It ended 88-50
Wed 5th had the Classics host the Weymouth Bandits in the closest game in DBA History! It was 31-24 to the Bandits after 2, but after 4, the sides couldn't be split 56-56, with the Bandits hitting the tying bucket in the last minute. It went to Overtime, and Classics had the lead but Oli Turner added a 3 to cut the lead, before K.Scott added another triple to tie the game again.... DOUBLE OT! And the Classics were sent to the stripe, but went 1from6, before Karl Readhead hit the winner to take the game 69-66.
Down the road at the Uni, Spartans hosted the Tigers, in another closely fought game. The Tigers scored first, but the Spartans replied and then held that tiny, slender lead the whole game! Led by A.Cran (6pts) in a match fit for the Coliseum, it went to the wire, and the Spartans killed off the Tigers down the stretch to take it 50-45.
On Thurs the Weymouth Legends travelled to Southbourne to meet the BCS Seahawks. As their average age was easily double that of the school kids, it was clear what the hosts game plan was... Run and don't stop! And it worked. The 'Hawks had a 30-19 lead at the break, but knew that they Legends could draw on years of experience and get hot at any time. Some better D from both teams saw the scoreboard dry a little, before the young hosts took the game 56-35. MVP went to the youngest player on the court, Amil Nupov with 16pts for his 16years of age!
The final game of the week saw 2 expansion teams face up, Bandits 2 vs. Razors. Bournemouth have spread their squad over the 2 teams, with the likes of Mark Sanderson and Oleg Dragunchyk on the Razors side, whilst the Bandits side have expanded with new players and brought in young talent. And it was another close affair, with the Razors holding a slim 4pt lead at the break, 29-25. It was 7 pts after 3, but the young Bandits dried up down the stretch and it finished 57-45 to the Razors.