Sunday 18th November 2018 ~ Wessex Mens Division 3
Woodley Jets 58 – Aztecs Falcons 44
(9-15; 23-27; 42-40; 58-44)
Paul Howard 16; Matt Sawyer and Dan Warren 8; Mike Cairncross and Matt Blowfield 4
Basketball is a very frustrating sport at times, and this season continues to be frustrating one for the Falcons. Up by as many as 11 in the first period and in with a shout at the end of the third the visitors were out-gunned in the final phase losing in the end by a disappointing 14 points. Defence was good for much of the game, shooting was better in the first 30 minutes and rebounding continued to improve; when the Falcons can maintain this intensity for the full duration of the game, they will start to get better results. All this was achieved with last season’s Player of the Year and last week’s top scorer Becky Wellington on the bench after she turned an ankle in the early exchanges.
The team managed to exceed the 40-point barrier for the fifth time in six games; the target now needs to be 50. More accurate shooting and making the easy buckets will see that happen. Paul Howard dropped four 3’s and 100% from the charity strip to end with 16 points, more than a third of the Falcons total. Matt Sawyer was also 4 from 4 from the foul line, and Jack Allen managed to pick up just two fouls, having amassed 15 in his last three outings!
Skip Upfold’s assessment:
Everyone played so well and with great intensity in this game; Iain killed the boards again and boxing out and turn-overs continued to improve, with lots of the first and very few of the second! We did, however, miss too many easy shots and it is essential we keep moving at the offensive end. With 4:30 to go in the game we were still in it at 44-all, but then failed to score as Woodley closed out with 14 unanswered points. Such a disappointing result.
Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 8:00pm at home to Yateley Silverbacks 2’s in the Karl Taylor Plate