Long Road to Plymouth Fails to Put Down the Rebels

Plymouth Rebels 82 – 78 Flyers

The 200mile journey to Plymouth was always going to make this fixture a tough one to crack. The Rebels had gone down by 19 points when they visited Woking, however the home court and a full Plymouth Squad was not going to make this fixture easy.

The 200mile journey to Plymouth was always going to make this fixture a tough one to crack. The Rebels had gone down by 19 points when they visited Woking, however the home court and a full Plymouth Squad was not going to make this fixture easy.

Dominant forward, Jack Price, won the tip and the advantage which was rapidly converted in a 3 point play by Devon James, who sunk the basket and converted the free throw from the foul he drew.

Play continued with the lead changing halfway through the quarter and the Rebels coming out with a 4 lead at the first break, which the Flyers were content with at that stage of the game.

In the second quarter neither side was able to establish a leading margin and by the half the Rebels had their leading margin clipped to 2

The third quarter turned out yet again to be the Flyers nemesis with the Rebels going on a scoring spree, whilst the Flyers pulled down a respectable 19 points the rebels 29 points gave the Flyers a target of a 12 point lead to overturn in the final quarter – which they very nearly did.

By the last minute of the game the Flyers tied the game 78:78. The rebels sank a 3 point shot restoring the lead. The Flyers called a time out and a final three point play was planned. The Flyers inbounded the ball and a three point shot was put up which missed however the Flyers were aggrieved an obvious foul was not awarded to them by the officials.

This resulted in a scrappy final few seconds as the Flyers tried to regain possession and unfortunately failed resulting in the 4 point loss.

Coach Knode was pleased with the attitude and performance of the Flyers, with everybody contributing with hussle and passion. They had been many exciting moves and partnerships between the players. Craig Mathema contributed with some glorious passes, Knode and Green developed their partnership and Dan Marshall continued characteristic hussle and energy. Andre Bayliss dominated under the basket

MVP for the Flyers was Devon James with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Also in double figures was Damian Knode and Tom Peters who sunk 20 and 10 point respectively. Jack Price pulled down 10 rebounds and sank 6 points

Next week the Flyers travel to play second placed Swindon Shock

Elsewhere in the Club The Hunters progressed to the Finals of the Wessex Basketball Association Karl Taylor Plate which will be played on Sunday 29th against Woodley Harriers

Squad -  D Knode (player coach),D Marshall, J Price, A Bayliss(capt) T Peters, D James, R Green,C Mathema