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Weymouth Basketball Presentation 2016/17
Aug 17, 2017, 11:10 pm

Weymouth Basketball Club marked the end of their season with their annual presentation at the Famous Old Spa on Dorchester road.

The evening was, as usual, a great success highlighted by the support of family and friends across the club.

As last year’s fund raising exercise was a triumph it was decided to do the same and donate half the proceeds to a worthy cause. This year the club has raised £211 and will be sending £106 to the Charity Winston’s Wish to help support bereaved children.

Presentations were made to individual players from each competing teams in the club – these included:

U16’s Tropics team, Louis Weaver the Most Valuable Player, Eoin Goring Best Defensive, Kieron Scott Most Improved and Henry Ackerley Hustle.

Huskies team, Laura Bucke the Most Valuable Player, Carly Lawes Best Defensive, Emma Dodge & Chloe Weaver Most Improved.

Raiders team, Josh Westlake the Most Valuable Player, Stephen Reece Best Defensive, Alex Legg Most Improved.

Bandits team, Jeff Robertshaw the Most Valuable Player, Carl Carter Best Defensive, Tom Storey Most Improved.

Other awards on the night were;

The Huw Price memorial trophy presented to the Huskies team for sheer determination throughout the season.

The Coach of the Year was received by Jeff Robertshaw.

The Ross Bowes Players Player trophy was awarded to Louis Weaver.

The club would like to thank their sponsor for raising the funds for the awards, Jo Telfer for presenting them and The Old Spa for supplying the venue.  

The Tropics U16 team was delighted to end the season with the Southern Juniors Basketball League play offs winners title. And the Raiders team came away with the runners up cup final medals.

 

Weymouth Basketball Club will be starting their new season in September and anyone who is interested in getting involved should visit their website for more details:weymouthbasketball.co.uk


Hayden makes Southwest
Aug 17, 2017, 11:08 pm

Basketball mad Hayden Scott has just completed ten gruelling sessions for the Under 13 South West England Regional Development Team. Travelling to a number of venues including Paignton, Bristol, and Cirencester Hayden trained with the Southwest’s best under 13’s players.

He was picked as first reserve for the team, who got to play in Manchester in the National Basketball Championships against the best players from nine other regions. Although Hayden didn’t make the trip he will have plenty more opportunities to improve his skills and represent his region as he was the youngest player in the team at only 11 years old.

As part of the selection process Hayden and the team travelled to France to compete in the annual Longues tournament, in which the South West Team came third, their highest ever placing.

Hayden has been playing basketball for a number of years with Weymouth Basketball club where he joins a number of other children who have and continue to represent Weymouth at a regional and country level. Hayden trains and played with the three junior teams at Weymouth Basketball, The Giants, Oilers and the Tropics. He was introduced to the game by his older brother Kieron who plays for the Tropics and has played up in the adults team, The Raiders.

This isn’t the first year he has represented the South West; last year he was in the inaugural Under 12 team that went on to compete in the National Championships in Sheffield.

Hayden and the teams will be taking a break over the summer but he will return in the autumn to take part in the Regional Performance Centre and train hard to try and be first pick for next years Southwest team. Good luck Hayden.


Coasters take double from Sharks
Feb 20, 2017, 10:43 pm

Jurassic Coasters 76-52 Stroud Sharks

 

After taking three points from the Sharks at their court the Coasters were looking to double up with a home advantage. Straight into the first quarter and the home side was fastest out of the blocks with Pasquale Landolfi being fouled going up to the ring and taking one from the two free throws. A lay up from Landolfi and Derek Marquez quickly followed before Stroud had chance to gather their thoughts and get up to the basket themselves. Giuseppe Landolfi made it 7-2 to the Coasters and forced the Stroud Coach to call for a time-out. This didn’t make a difference to the home team as Marquez took another two baskets from the visitors and Louis Weaver getting his name on the score sheet. Into the seventh minute and the home team took their eye off the ball and allowed the Sharks to start the come back with a 15 to 7 point run. Bruce Florentino kept the Coasters noses in front with two from the free throw line taking the quarter 24-21

 

The second quarter took a while to get started with three minutes going by before any baskets were made. This period was to be dominated by the Coasters with Weaver, P Landolfi and Marquez running riot around the visitors basket. Henry Ackerley took the Coasters last points of the half and with it the end of the twenty points to two run in an amazing show of defence work.

 

Half time Coasters 44-25 Sharks

 

Into the third and the hosts were first to get to the ring but the Sharks fought back with a brace of baskets. Elliott Kellers was making a menace of himself stealing the ball back for the Coasters and feeding James Cotson who’s shot bounced off the rim. The teams went on to trade baskets and were only separated with a Kieron Scott jump shot which took the quarter for the Coasters 14-12.

 

The final quarter saw the Coasters take an early charge at the visitors with an 8-2 run in the first three minutes. Eoin Goring was working hard for the rebounds and finding the fast breaks. By now it was too late for the visitors but they kept fighting winning a couple of fouls late in to the quarter. The final basket of the quarter came from Bradley Morgan who wrapped up the period for the Coasters 18-15

 

Pasquale Landolfi 25, Louis Weaver 20, Derek Marquez 16, Giuseppe Landolfi 5, Bruce Florentino 4, Bradley Morgan 2, Kieron Scott 2, Henry Ackerley 2, Elliott Kellers, James Cotson, Eoin Goring.


Coasters blast past Raiders
Jan 30, 2017, 11:48 pm

Jurassic Coasters 88-42 Plymouth Raiders

This week the Coasters played host to Plymouth Raiders at Budmouth Community Sports Centre. The Coasters were looking to take another 3 points from the Raiders in their second meeting of the year. The local team, made up of players from Weymouth & Dorchester Basketball clubs, are hoping for a top two place at the end of the season and a possible place in the playoffs.

Within seconds of tip-off, the Coasters got a free throw with Giuseppe Landolfi being fouled going up to the ring. In the same minute a foul at the other end gave the visitors a chance to draw level but they failed to capitalise. Pasquale Landolfi was on fire as he took the Raiders defence apart with brace of layups before Louis Weaver joined in the scoring. Raiders were struggling as their coach called for a time out. Back out again and the Coasters were relentless with Derek Marquez and Eoin Goring hitting the basket.

Into the second quarter and Plymouth were fighting valiantly but it wasn’t enough to stop the boys in yellow. More baskets from Landolfi & Weaver with Bruce Florentino making in play baskets and going to the line four times in the quarter. Raiders were going to have to manage their fouls for the rest of the game.

Halftime Coasters 46-24 Raiders

In the third quarter Jurassic Coasters only allowed the visitors to score seven points whereas the hosts smashed twenty two through the raiders net. Owen Leivers and Bradley Morgan got their turn under the ring and points on the board.

The last quarter and the visitors were looking tired but they pushed on looking to get something from the game. Alas it wasn’t to be as the Coasters kept hammering their defensive lines and taking the score to double that of the Raiders.

Pasquale Landolfi 33, Louis Weaver 24, Bruce Florentino 13, Bradley Morgan 4, Giuseppe Landolfi 4, Owen Leivers 4, Derek Marquez 4, Eoin Goring 2, Kevin Tissera, Alex Low, Luca Trevett.


Coasters tame Sharks and stall Jets
Jan 28, 2017, 7:02 pm

Stroud Sharks 81-95 Jurassic Coasters

In what is becoming a great season, the Jurassic Coasters are becoming a force to be reckoned with. The young lads from Weymouth & Dorchester Basketball Clubs have fought hard and won 8 from 11 games putting them 5th in the South West national league table and if they win their games in hand the Boys can progress to 2nd by the end of February.

Last weekend the Coasters had a full on time of it traveling to Stroud to take on the Sharks on the Saturday followed by a Sunday lunch time game at Thomas Hardyes School against Glouster Jets.

Straight away the Coasters jumped into action winning the ball from the tip over the Sharks. They then went on to take the first point with Louis Weaver making the first layup. Stroud weren’t phased and hit back immediately with a layup at the other end. The Sharks were then hit hard with a flurry of shots from Giuseppe Landolfi, Pasquale Landolfi and another from Weaver. The teams went on to trade shots through the first quarter with Owen Leivers also getting points on the board.

Into the second quarter and the Coasters turned up the heat on the Sharks, scoring 31 points to the hosts 12. Baskets from Bradley Morgan, James Cotson and Alex Low all added to the half time score taking the Coasters to the break in front.

Halftime: Sharks 27-55 Coasters
In to the third quarter the Coasters were faster out of the blocks netting the first points of the second half. Stroud were forced into an early time-out after the Coasters had made 7 points to the Sharks 2 in the first 2 minutes of the quarter. This seemed to boost the sharks confidence as they went on to take the quarter 24 points to the Coasters 18.

The Coasters started the final period in the same way as all the others taking the first points followed by a trade of braces and a couple of singles from each team let the Coasters hold their lead by 22 into the middle of the quarter. But the Sharks weren’t finished yet, a 24 to 16 point charge by the hosts pushed the visitors into defence although this still wasn’t enough to take the win from the Coasters.

Final score: Stroud Sharks 81-95 Jurassic Coasters
Pasquale Landolfi 43, Louis Weaver 22, Giuseppe Landolfi 12, Bradley Morgan 5, Owen Leivers 5, James Cotson 4, Alex Low 2, Kevin Tissera 2, Luca Trevett, Kieron Scott, Henry Ackerley, Lewis Coward.

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Jurassic Coasters 102-38 Glouster Jets

The second game of the weekend saw the Jurassic Coasters play host to the bottom of the division Glouster Jets. The Coasters were hoping for an easier day of it after the battle from the day before. They were not disappointed as the first points were in the form of an early three point shot from Louis Weaver. The hosts then followed up with good defence and baskets from Pasquale Landolfi and Derek Marquez before the visitors managed to put points on the score board. The Coasters brought the quarter to an end with a free throw from Owen Leivers making the score 21-9.

The second period started with a foul and the Jets went to the line but only manage to net on the second attempt. The Coasters then punished the travelling team with an onslaught of shots and Bruce Florentino and Henry Ackerley joining the scorers. A regroup for the visitors was desperately needed and the half buzzer was a welcome relief as the Coasters won the quarter 32-1

Halftime: Coasters 53-10 Jets
Into the third and the Jets had got a second wind matching the Coasters basket for basket only to start slipping further behind after the fifth minute of the period. Lewis Coward, Alex Low, Eóin Goring and Giuseppe Landolfi scoring in this quarter pushed the Coasters further ahead and effectively ended the game for the jets.

The start of the final period and the visitors go to the after getting a foul but it’s Just a formality now as the Coaster take the pace off the game and match the visitors to 19 points each.

Final Score: Jurassic Coasters 102-38 Glouster Jets
Pasquale Landolfi 36, Louis Weaver 19, Derek Marquez 12, Eóin Goring 6, Henry Ackerley 6, Giuseppe Landolfi 6, Alex Low 5, Lewis Coward 4, Owen Leivers 4, Bruce Florentino 4, Elliott Machin, Kieron Scott.


Bandits still undefeated
Jan 28, 2017, 6:57 pm

Tres Barriles Predators 43 – 63 Weymouth Bandits

Weymouth Bandits travelled to Portsmouth to take on the predators at Charter Community sports centre on Friday night. The Bandits were looking to keep their unbeaten run going but the Predators had other thoughts.

Into the first quarter and the teams were on par defensively with five minutes going by before the any points were on the board. Tres Barriles were the ones to hit the mark first with a layup followed by a quick 3 pointer from the corner. Six minutes in and at last the Bandits got moving with two points from the mighty Mark Gorman. The hosts hit back immediately with another two points before the visitors found their range. The Bandits dominated the scoring for the remainder of the quarter scoring nine of the next eleven points with baskets from Louis Weaver, Jim De Bertrand, Scott White and Gorman getting an and one. However this still left the visitors short by one ending the quarter 11 – 10 in favour of the Predators.

The Bandits came out in the second with all guns blazing as they took the first three baskets. Captain Chris Canham led the way with Josh Westlake and White netting the others. The Predators then got back in the game but two 3 pointers from Tom Storey and Canham pushed the visitors to a nine point lead going in to the break.

Halftime Predators 22 – 31 Bandits
Into the third and the bandits defence was proving hard for the hosts to break down. More baskets from Gorman, Weaver and White were taking their toll on the Predators as the visitors increased their lead to fourteen.

The final quarter saw the highest point’s tally of the whole game. The two teams started trading shots as De Bertrand, Westlake and Weavers baskets were matched by the hosts. The Bandits started to increase their lead with a Shot from Storey and Canham getting another and one. The referees had had a quiet game, allowing the game to run, but in this quarter had to up their work as quick succession fouls came about from both teams. The Bandits kept pushing and finished the game strong with more points from Gorman, White, Canham and Carl Carter getting on the sheet.

Mark Gorman 16, Louis Weaver 12, Chris Canham 10, Josh Westlake 8, Scott White 6, Tom Storey 5, Jim De Bertrand 4, Carl Carter 2.


Young Raiders hold off North Devon
Jan 3, 2017, 1:40 pm
Weymouth Raiders 53 North Devon 50

This was Weymouth Raiders fourteenth game of the season and the last going into the new year. The league match was between second place North Devon and third place Weymouth raiders. This would and proved to be a close match. To add to the challenge of the Raiders squad that headed to Exeter, due to injuries and other commitments, 6 players out of the squad of 10, were under 16!

The first quarter got off to a slow start, neither team scoring in the first two minutes. 
Alex Legg of the Raiders opened the scoring by drawing a foul and making one of his two free throws. Raiders defence was solid in the first quarter only allowing two baskets, finishing the quarter leading 12-5.

The second quarter Raiders got into a great rhythm, with their offence catching up to their high level defence. The highlight of the quarter for Raiders being Kieron Scott , one of the Under 16 players making a three point play with his first touch of the ball. Weymouth Raiders closed out the first half 33-14.

The third quarter Raiders took their foot off the gas, with the intense defence and free flowing offence of the first quarter coming to a sudden stop! North Devon capitalised closing the gap to nine points within the quarter. Weymouth Raiders coach Samuel Brown took a time out  in the quarter to hopefully swing the momentum of the match back into the favour of Raiders. There was a slight improvement with Brad Morgan, another of the Under 16 players, scoring the final five points of the quarter for Weymouth increasing the lead to 11.

The final quarter Raiders got back into a rhythm, with Scott White, Josh Westlake and Alex Legg scoring all of Weymouth's points. The Raiders lead extended to 17 points with two minutes left. The lead now looking insurmountable for North Devon, coach Brown decided to substitute in the under 16 players who had not played much in the game so far. This nearly proved costly, with North Devon pouncing on the inexperience of the players Raiders had on court . The Devon based team closed gap to within 3 points, but coach Browns gamble paid off as time ran out for North Devon, Raiders winning the game by 3 and going second in the league. 

A Legg 14, J Westlake 14, S White 9,B Morgan 5, H Ackerly 3, K Scott 3,E Goring 2, L Weaver 2, K Houlden 2 , K Tissera.

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