Hunters Tame the Silverbacks
Hunters 86:81 Yateley Silverbacks
Hunters were expecting a hard game against the unbeaten Silverbacks and it resulted in a hard-fought game that ultimately gave the Hunters the victory.
From the tip the hunters took the lead and only the last shot of the quarter, a three from Silverback Ben Clarke, gave the Silverbacks the lead at the first break. The starting initially controlled the play and rapidly pulled out a 8:2 lead which they then maintained the margin trading baskets. A wayward elbow caught guard Dan Marshall over the eye which resulted in his retirement from the quarter due to a cut eye.
Coach Lansdell worked the bench keeping fresh legs on the court, however the first half of the second quarter saw Silverbacks rapidly pull out a fifteen point lead mainly caused by a fusillade of triples from Ben Clarke. Coach called a timeout and steadied the Hunters urging them to play to their strengths in speed and agility. The tide of the game changed with the Hunters scoring freely rapidly closing down the Silverbacks lead and by the half was closed to just 4 point 42:38.
Buoyed by their reverse of play by the half, the hunters conitued to control the third quarter which was won by 11 points giving a 65:58 lead at the final break.
The last quarter saw Silverbacks steady themselves but they were unable to significantly close the gap and the Hunters were not to be denied the win.
Top scores for the Hunters were Devon, Nick, Rhys and Victor all of whom got into double figures scoring 17,17,16 and 10 respectively with Nick and Victor both claiming a double:double with 12 & 14 rebounds respectively.
Dan provided his usual hustling performance after recovering from the cut eye and all squad members got onto the score sheet.
Coach Lansdell whilst pleased with the squads performance3 did note that the free-throw percentage of only 40% (14 from 35) has room for improvement and could have provided a better margin to the final win
The Hunters now have to repeat this performance next Thursday at the College where again they will host the Silverbacks, but this time in the Karl Taylor Cup
Squad - Dan Marshall(9pts,4as), Devon James(17pts,5 as),Matt Barr(5pts),Nick Sammut(17pts,14rbds)),Paul Kelly(2pts),Rick Lansdell(coach/Capt 2 pts),Sam Piercy (2pts),Victor Extevez-Roland(10pts,12rbds), Sam Cane(6pts)