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SEASON STARTS WITH A BOOM!!!!

Posted by THE BOSS on October 4, 2016 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Both the Old Boys and Mohawks were in action in the opening week of the new WEBBA Basketball League Cup Season.

Old Boys were at Home to Braves III and as the first Lockleaze team in action started the season with a good win. Closer than maybe it should have been the Old Boys managed to grind out a win vs a dogged Braves performance, the visitors never giving up.

Old Boys put on an inside players Master Class with Abe Ahmed and Andy Broughton tearing the Braves defence apart, their post play and ability to get to the basket was something Braves could not cope with. Although Braves clung on and fought hard it just wasnt enough and the Old Boys claimed the win. Abe Ahmed getting the MVP Honours.

The Mohawks started the season with a Big win over a short handed Southside team, it was a great way to welcome some new players to the squad and really share those minutes. Antonio, Jakub, Gabbie and Yemi all made debut appearances for the Mohawks, they did so with real impact, each one fitting into the clubs style of play and ethos perfectly. James Read also made a Lockleaze return after a few years absence and also made a great contribution to the teams perfromance especially defensively.

Joe Packwood was the nights MVP after he hit 6 Triples in a row in the third quarter despite the Southside teams efforts to deny him the ball which really put the nail in the Southside coffin.

Mohawks ran away with the game with a comfortable 95 point to 40 point  victory and now move to the Cup Quarter finals where they will face Hengrove away from home in early December.

Two Great starts for both teams this season.

LOCKLEAZE BOOM!!!!




2016 Season about to begin!!

Posted by THE BOSS on September 8, 2016 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The 2016 Season is about to begin and its been a busy summer.

In fact last Season saw a lot of new things happen with Lockleaze Basketball Club. Sadly the website was unable to keep up with the details, this season however things are set to change. The Webite is to be relaunched with a few additional sections and updated over the coming weeks.

The webiste will regularly be updated from now on. Keep an eye on whats going on.

So whats been happening. On the Basketball front its been another big year. Mohawks got promoted to DIV I, OLD BOYS had a solid mid atble finish in Division I, The Renegades and Mohawks won the Summer Regular Season Glozball Leagues based at Gloucestershire College. The Two School satelitte Clubs based at St Bedes and Oasis Brightstowe have had another successful year with lots of the players also taking their skills down to the Bristol Storm Junior Sessions.

WEBBA will now have 3 Divisions and after discussions the Lockleaze Teams will have the Mohawks in Division I and the Old Boys in Division II. This decision was made to help further develop the club with the opportunities to play at the right level for its members.

Behind the scenes Lockleaze joined the Bristol Basketball Association with Bristol Storm, Bristol Braves, Mavericks and Bristol Spartans and all of the teams associated with the clubs involved. This has been hugely successful with Development money from player licences going directly yo the clubs to aid further club development in the future not building a bank balance in another associations development fund which is what had happened previously.

With the new association came new opportunities, we have gained in the number of coaches working within the association, the number of referees and officials have all also increased as working together provides more opportunities to grow the game.

As a direct link to this change the Brizball and Glozball Central Venue Leagues (CVL) have emerged, providing CVL compettitions for seniors and juniors alike, cutting the costs of playing and reducing the impact on busy weeks with a Central Venue for competition, a set day for the leagues and the same amount of travel each time. The CVL leagues also allow for officials to be in one venue for more than one game cutting the need for large numbers of officials.

The CVL leagues have seen Junior and Senior Compettitons take place during the season and into the 2016 season will see CVL opportunities emerge for u10/12/14/16/18/22 Seniors and Women. This is a huge growth and shows the importance and popularity of such Leagues.

So in a nutshell its going to be a big season for basketball!!!

To end the 2016/17 season there will be a Presentation night for the whole association where each teams awards will be handed out, this will bring together a whole Basketball Community and celebrate the game we love, juniors and seniors alike!!



2016 Season about to begin!!

Posted by THE BOSS on September 8, 2016 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The 2016 Season is about to begin and its been a busy summer.

In fact last Season saw a lot of new things happen with Lockleaze Basketball Club. Sadly the website was unable to keep up with the details, this season however things are set to change. The Webite is to be relaunched with a few additional sections and updated over the coming weeks.

The webiste will regularly be updated from now on. Keep an eye on whats going on.

So whats been happening. On the Basketball front its been another big year. Mohawks got promoted to DIV I, OLD BOYS had a solid mid atble finish in Division I, The Renegades and Mohawks won the Summer Regular Season Glozball Leagues based at Gloucestershire College. The Two School satelitte Clubs based at St Bedes and Oasis Brightstowe have had another successful year with lots of the players also taking their skills down to the Bristol Storm Junior Sessions.

WEBBA will now have 3 Divisions and after discussions the Lockleaze Teams will have the Mohawks in Division I and the Old Boys in Division II. This decision was made to help further develop the club with the opportunities to play at the right level for its members.

Behind the scenes Lockleaze joined the Bristol Basketball Association with Bristol Storm, Bristol Braves, Mavericks and Bristol Spartans and all of the teams associated with the clubs involved. This has been hugely successful with Development money from player licences going directly yo the clubs to aid further club development in the future not building a bank balance in another associations development fund which is what had happened previously.

With the new association came new opportunities, we have gained in the number of coaches working within the association, the number of referees and officials have all also increased as working together provides more opportunities to grow the game.

As a direct link to this change the Brizball and Glozball Central Venue Leagues (CVL) have emerged, providing CVL compettitions for seniors and juniors alike, cutting the costs of playing and reducing the impact on busy weeks with a Central Venue for competition, a set day for the leagues and the same amount of travel each time. The CVL leagues also allow for officials to be in one venue for more than one game cutting the need for large numbers of officials.

The CVL leagues have seen Junior and Senior Compettitons take place during the season and into the 2016 season will see CVL opportunities emerge for u10/12/14/16/18/22 Seniors and Women. This is a huge growth and shows the importance and popularity of such Leagues.

So in a nutshell its going to be a big season for basketball!!!

To end the 2016/17 season there will be a Presentation night for the whole association where each teams awards will be handed out, this will bring together a whole Basketball Community and celebrate the game we love, juniors and seniors alike!!



SUMMER RUNS

Posted by THE BOSS on June 2, 2015 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Old Boys' teamwork beats one-man band in Plate Final.

Posted by THE BOSS on May 13, 2015 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Despite a slow start – we didn’t trouble the scorer until the 5th minute – Old Boys got going to retain the Webba Plate by showing newcomers and 3rd Division Champions Hengrove Park that there’s no I in team. Both teams struggled in the opening minutes, but Hengrove got off the mark to score in the 2nd and the 4th for a short-lived lead. Andy made his first of many visits to the line in the 5th but, unusually for him, missed the pair, but Abe rebounded and put back for our first score. Rahquon followed up with one of a pair of frees, then he and Andy both got buckets from the post. Rahqs then missed a pair of frees before Keenan got in on the scoring with a strong drive and a made pair. Hengrove’s only answer to our bigger inside presence was to foul, but all of our consistent free-throw shooters struggled for some reason, with Abe now missing a pair and Andy making one from four. Abe then made amends by scoring a pair and Andy finished the quarter with a fake and drive to take us to 16-10.

Old Boys’ box and one defence – the stellar stats of Hengrove’s talisman Trakelis suggested that denying him would be the key to the game – kept them to just 7 points until a prayer-shot three went down in the last seconds. Trakelis started the second quarter with his first triple - he has scored an astonishing 95 this season – but Keenan stayed so close to him that others were forced to shoot for most of the first half and they were only able to put on another 11 points in the second quarter because of our solid rebounding and boxing out. Meanwhile, Andy sold their defence with another fake and spin for our first score of the 2nd quarter, and then Karl drove in and kicked back out to Pete at the top to swish our first triple of the game. Abe scored back to back buckets in the 4th, while we sent their number five to the line three times in the 5th and 6th, but he could only drop one of the six. Andy bamboozled them again for another two, then Keenan matched his outstanding defensive job with an impressive 12-point offensive burst in the next three minutes, scoring a pair of treys, a pair of twos and two of two from the line. Densil came in and won his first judo fight in years with a perfect hip-throw and then scored the second of his frees. Abe missed another pair in the 10th, but Rahqs made the second of his for our last score of the half. Privalov for Hengrove finished the half the same way as the first quarter, with another long triple, but we won the period 24-18 and the half by 40-28.

Andy started the second half with two strong drives in the first minute, but Hengrove hit back with another triple. Gordon finished off another patient offence with a score in the D, followed by another from Rahqs to put us 17 up, but they struck back with yet another 3 ball. Both of their triples were from different players, because Keenan was still tying up Trakelis for the first five minutes of the half. Rahqs was fouled again and made the first, then Andy was fouled yet again, missed the pair, but made up for it straight after with another classy fake and drive. At the start of the 5th minute, with the game looking like it was running away from his side, Trakelis obviously decided that twenty-five minutes of Keenan stopping his normal play was long enough. He scored 14 points in the next five minutes, with three 2s, a triple from the top and 5 of 8 from the line, all with Keenan still in his face. In this spell Keenan made a pair of frees himself, Abe got two more put-backs and missed another pair of frees and Andy made another short jumper and we ended the quarter still 10-up at 59-49, but they had given their cause a boost by winning the period 21-19.

Trakelis started the 4th the same way, bringing the ball up on every offence and trying to do everything himself, helped by picks at the top from his teammates. When Keenan picked up his 4th foul Rahqs and Tony took over the tough task of marking their main man, but he still managed to go for another 12 in the quarter, including 8 of 9 from the line, and Rahqs found himself fouled out in the 4th minute trying to stop one of his three-point attempts. Abe kept plugging away for us, though, putting in another monumental 40-minute shift, with three more inside buckets. Andy got another two of his fake and drives and Tony got a neat scoop to the hoop on a give and go in the 3rd minute. Keenan added to his score in the 5th on a fast break, but an 8-point run by Trakelis – all in the 6th – saw them pull back within 5 at 71-66. Andy picked up his 4th foul helping out on one of these drives by Trakelis, and then got a technical from the bench for pointing out the obvious. While no one can deny the skills of Trakelis, he had been shouting and contesting every call he didn’t like all game and he was in the officials’ faces almost as much as Keenan was in his, yet no Ts were called on him.

At the start of the 7th Abe answered their 8-0 run with his third bucket of the period and then Tony made a stop and fed to Gordon, unmarked in the left corner. He hesitated, then drew a defender with a super slo-mo fake before laying up and restoring a 9-point lead to roars from our bench and the crowd. Trakelis picked up his 5th foul on our next offence, complained bitterly (again!) about it on court and then beseeched the table, the crowd and the various other Webba officials watching, before reluctantly accepting, finally, that his game was over. Apart from his number 8, Briedis, making 2 of 4 from the line in the 8th, they failed to score again since his last bucket in the 6th. Meanwhile, Keenan was fouled on the drive and made the 2nd from the line, Gordon likewise and made the first, ditto Tony and he made the 2nd to see us 10-up again at the end of the 9th. The other Hengrove players clearly weren’t used to seeing the ball much and were reduced to hopeful three-point attempts, none of which came near in this four-minute spell where our defence did a great job to deny them. At the start of the 10th Keenan picked up a long rebound from one of these prayer-shots and set off on the break with one of theirs at his heels. The crowd erupted when he jumped way above the marker and flushed it, swinging on the ring to protect himself from falling on the poor guy. Not content with 12 up and less than a minute left, he scored another lay-up on the break, was fouled in the process and swished the plus one for us to take the quarter 24-19 and the game 83-68.

Neither the score sheet nor the match details on the website record a game MVP, but I imagine that everyone present would agree that this year’s Webba Junior MVP had another outstanding game in offence and defence, doing more than enough to earn another match MVP. The whole Lockleaze bench excelled again, though, at both ends of the court, overwhelming the opposition in every department except one; unusually for such normally consistent foul shooters, we made only a well-below-par 16/37 from the line.

It didn’t matter, though, because Lockleaze Old Boys are Webba Plate Winners again.

Scorers: Lawrence 25, Broughton 21, Ahmed 18, Chambers 7, Shovlin 5, Radford 3, Kissoon 3, Williamson 1.

Old Boys come back from the dead to haunt Bulls again.

Posted by THE BOSS on April 29, 2015 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Bristol Bulls got to within 0.4 seconds away from their dream of reaching their second final of this season before an under-strength Old Boys squad turned it into a nightmare. Old Boys - with several key regulars missing because of other commitments, with Tony playing with whiplash from last week’s collision, and Pete trying to play with a chest infection - scored first through an inside move by Andy but then failed to convert for the next five minutes. Meanwhile, Frackiewicz scored the first two of his five triples in the game and O. Wolski scored on three fast-break lay-ups to give Bulls a dream 12-2 start. Rahquon got his first points from the post in the 6th minute and converted the plus-one, then Abe made one of a pair from the line, followed by Rahqs doing the same. Abe scored back-to-back baskets in the 7th, Andy got another in the 8th and Mike scored his first jumper of the game in the 10th to see Old Boys recover from an awful start and end the quarter just 6 down at 21-15.

We suffered another setback at the start of the 2nd quarter, though, as S. Wolski and Nogowski both swished triples and our only reply in 4 minutes was another J from Mike. Frackiewicz scored another pair of triples and they got two more fast break buckets before Wozniak hit a triple from four feet beyond the arc to take their half-time score to 40. We just about stayed in touch through three more scores from Rahqs, two more from Abe and a triple from Tony to go in at half-time on 30.

At the start of the 3rd Andy and Rahqs both split a charity pair before Tony put us right back in contention with back-to-back triples off Pete’s repeat fake and pass from the corner. Meanwhile, at the defensive end, every Old Boy bust a gut to keep them to just two baskets, one in the 4th and another in the 5th. Abe got another under the basket, but couldn’t convert the bonus, then Tony hit his fourth of the game from the great beyond at the top of the D to put us just a single point behind. Andy was fouled again in the D in the 7th and made both frees for our first lead in 25 minutes of play. Abe split another pair and banked a short J in the 10th to take us to 48-44 up at the end of a remarkable effort at both ends of the court that saw us take the quarter 18-4.

Mike swished another mid-range J at the start of the 4th quarter to take us 6 up and Andy split another pair of frees, but Bulls weren’t done yet and came back with three baskets and one of a pair to tie again at 51 in the 5th. Rahqs was put on the line again to swish both of a pair, then Tony made the second of his pair to put us 3 points up again, but Wozniak erased that with yet another long triple. Mike converted a back-door lay-up after a patient build-up and Rahqs made the first of another pair in the 9th for another 3-point lead. Mike and Jamie both injuring themselves defending Bulls next two attacks was representative of the defensive effort of the whole bench.

Both teams missed shots or violated the shot clock on their next couple of offenses and now Old Boys just had to hold out against one more Bulls’ attack. Despite our front three closely defending the top of the arc, Frackiewicz swished another perfect rainbow triple, despite Gordon right in his face, to tie the game yet again at 57 with about thirty seconds remaining. After the time-out we worked the ball into Abe for the last shot. He was clearly fouled – a very long-serving referee sitting alongside our bench shook his head at how they missed that call – but was called for a travel instead.

So now Bulls found themselves with an unexpected last chance, and after their time-out they worked it around to wind the clock down before Plotkowski ended up with the ball. Both whistles went with the clock showing 0.4 seconds remaining. The lead official signalled a travel by Plotkowski, but the trailing official signalled a foul by an Old Boy. They discussed it and in the end the foul stood and we were in team fouls, so Plotkowski stepped to the line needing just one of the pair to take Bulls to the Plate Final. The lady of large stature hadn’t started singing yet, though; the pressure got to him and he missed them both. Even then, they got a hand to the rebound on the second miss and almost tipped it in, but it rolled around the rim and out and we were headed for overtime.

We scored first through Abe – he put in a tremendous 45 minute shift – but they retook a 3-point lead with one of a pair and two baskets in the 2nd and 3rd. We then shut them out completely for the next two and a half minutes where nothing would drop for them and they resorted to increasingly desperate three-point attempts. Meanwhile, at our offensive end, Abe and Andy were both fouled and each made the second of the pair to put us just a point behind. At the start of the 5th Rahquon made arguably the play of the game by intercepting a risky pass then dribbling the length of the court on the break before going under the rim to reverse the lay-up to give us the one-point lead. He was fouled in the process, but couldn’t convert the freebie. No matter, because he scored another bucket on the next offense, we shut them out again on their last attack and Tony was fouled on the drive on our last offense in the final seconds. He topped his best performance of the season by swishing the pair for a five-point win for us on 67-62. As Mike said in the bar after, perhaps we should give him a good clout to the head before every game from now on.

Bulls had won the 1st and 2nd periods 21-15 and 19-15, but Old Boys bounced back with a colossal 18-4 3rd quarter, before Bulls prevailed again in the 4th to take it 13-9 and retie the game. But, when the going got really tough, the really tough got going to take the extra period 10-5 for a trip to the Plate Final for the second year running.

Frackiewicz had a near-perfect game to swish five from downtown at crucial moments to earn his MVP from us, while they gave their award to Andy for his consistent work at both ends.  The fact is, we had nine MVPs who worked non-stop together to find a way to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Scorers: Chambers 18, Ahmed 17, Kissoon 15, Broughton 9 (MVP), Bailey 8.

Old Boys catch cold from Thunderstorm.

Posted by THE BOSS on April 21, 2015 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Old Boys took their fourth 1st Division opponents of this Trophy campaign close in the semi-final, but were undone by a dreadful third quarter. With our 7-point starting advantage Andy got our first score in the D to go 9-0, but Storm hit straight back with their own inside score and the first of four triples in the first quarter. Abe scored three inside buckets, while Andy got one more and Keenan and Rahquon got one apiece to see us end the quarter four up at 21-17.

They pegged our lead to just 2 with a made pair to start the second period, but Abe restored it to 4 with another strong move after Andy was twice fouled and, unusually for him, missed both pairs of bonus shots. Like everyone in the game, he struggled with the glare from the huge window directly behind the backboard, but managed to make the first of his third pair straight after. Storm scored two more buckets on the break to cut our lead to a single point, but Pete hit a corner three and then faked another before driving to the basket where he was fouled. The glare caused him to miss the first but he made the second to restore a five-point lead before Storm cut it to three again. At our defensive end Jamie bravely took a big hit on a charge to win a foul and then came back up the court to feed to Pete to hit another timely three-pointer, from top left of the arc this time, on the next offense to stretch the lead to 6. Then Andy swished a J from the free-throw line extended and Abe made the first of a pair in the 9th. In reply in this spell Storm made 3 of 6 from the line and an inside bucket at the end to tie the quarter on 13 each, still leaving us 4 up.

Rahquon got the first score in the first minute of the second half to take us back to 6 ahead, but then we failed to score again until another corner triple from Pete in the 9th minute, with Abe and Tony both missing a pair at the line because of the glare from the narrower – but still significant – window directly behind the other board. Our cause also took a hit from an uncharacteristic on-court argument in this 7-minute scoreless spell. Meanwhile, Storm wrestled back control of the game by adding steadily to their total for a game-changing period of 17-5 to them and an 8-point cushion going into the fourth quarter.

They scored first to stretch it to 10, but Rahquon and Abe pulled back 4 points for us down low. Then their MVP, Powell, hit his 4th triple of the game, but Keenan came straight back with his first trey to keep us in the chase. Morris scored a J for them, then Tony drove strong on a break, was fouled, and made the 2nd of the pair before driving again off Pete’s assist on the next offense and scoring a difficult lay-up under pressure to cut their lead to 5. They scored a bucket and one of a pair in the 6th, and then Tony split another pair when fouled on another strong drive. Morris hit another three for them – their 6th of the game – before Rahquon hit back with another score from the post. Without sunglasses for the glare Abe missed another pair on Fox’s 4th foul, while they did a little better to make 2 out of 3 from our line. Pete was fouled on another corner three attempt, but could only swish the middle of the three charity shots. We were back in the hunt again straight after, though, when Keenan hit his 2nd triple of the game to put us just six points away, but they replied with a bucket and 3 of 5 from the line – including a T with possession – to stretch it even further to 11. Pete scored a long two from the corner off Rahquon’s fast-break assist in the 10th, but the game was up, even before they made the second of another pair in the last seconds to win by 10 at 68-58.

Storm played some good basketball in offense and did very well in defence to subdue most of our usual scorers. Every Old Boy put in a good shift in our 3-2 and 2-1-2 zones but, with the hindsight glasses on, perhaps we should have showed them the pumped-up, aggressive man-for-man that helped get us to the semi-final in the first place.

Scorers: Radford 13 (MVP), Ahmed 11, Lawrence 8, Chambers 8, Broughton 7, Kissoon 4.

Old Boys put the Flames out again.

Posted by THE BOSS on March 27, 2015 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Old Boys reached the semi-finals of The Plate by beating Olympiad Flames for the third time this season. We got off to a flyer by restricting them to just 10 points on their own court in the first quarter, while we spread the ball around to score 17, with Abe getting 6 inside, Andy 5, Chris 4 and Rahquon 2. Abe got the first score of the second period, too, with another strong rebound and put-back. Tony made the second of a pair of frees, then we went cold for three minutes until Gordon made back-to-back buckets from short jumpers after two spin moves in the paint. Andy followed this with another two scores from inside drives. Flames rallied again on a 6-0 run before Andy made the first of a pair of frees in the 10th, but the home team had done enough to win the period 17-12 and cut our lead to just two points at 29-27 at half time.

We came out for the second half with much greater intensity in defence and restricted Flames to just two baskets in the 3rd quarter, while we put on 25 in an impressive, patient and sharing display of team basketball. Abe and Rahquon got another 6 each, Andy put in 4 more, Mike swished a mid-range jumper, Tony got 3 of 4 from the line and Chris flushed a pair of frees and chased down and leapt high to block a fast break lay-up. The score sheet shows our last score of the period coming from 55, so I don’t know if this was a score for us or if the scorer mistakenly robbed their 55 of a basket. Either way, we had restored a big lead and crushed their resistance.

They bounced back a little in the 4th quarter with three scores on the trot from danger-man Hockley, but Mike finished with a baseline cut in the 2nd and Abe scored another basket and one of a pair in the 5th to keep our score moving forward. They rallied again for another 7-0 run from the 5th to the 7th, while keeping us out for four minutes, but the whole team put in another extra defensive effort for the last 3 minutes to deny them another score. Better late than never, Pete laid up from Gordon’s assist on a fast break in the 9th and then finally swished a three-pointer from the top from Chris’s assist in the closing seconds.

Flames just won the quarter 13-10, but too much damage was done in our 25-4 3rd period for it to make a difference and we closed the game on 64-44. This was more like a classic Old Boys’ display of caring, sharing basketball, although it wasn’t quite all out of the top drawer. We’re obviously timing that peak just right for the Plate and Trophy semi-finals and finals.

Scorers: Broughton 18 (MVP), Ahmed 17, Chambers 8, Radford 5, Veira 4, Kissoon 4, Shovlin 4, Bailey 4.

RENEGADES WIN DIVISION I TITLE

Posted by THE BOSS on March 26, 2015 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

LOCKLEAZE RENEGADES AFTER AN 88 POINT TO 56 POINT VICTORY OVER EMPEES TO WIN THE 2014/15 WEBBA TITLE.

The Final 10 Days

Renegades had to wait until the final game of the season to win the 2014 15 WEBBA Division I title in a race that went down to the wire. Swindon Shock 1 and Bristol University were both still in the title race just 1 week from the end of the season. Renegades had to play 3 games in 10 days which included 3 top 4 teams in order to win the title and any loss would have meant they would be bridesmaids.

First game was a tough visit to Bristol University who until this point were themeselves still in the title race but on this occassion the Renegades walked away with a 12 point victory in a game which they controlled from Start to finish.

Second saw the Renegades travel to Braves I in a very tough physical encounter which again resulted in a similar vein to the Friday night Uni game with the Renegades controlling the game from start to finish and taking another double digit win.

This now set up the season finale against a very experienced and much bigger Empees team who have proven year after year to be one of WEBBA's most consistent top 3 teams. Anything but a perfect game from the Renegades could result in a loss.

Renegades from start to finish executed the game plan to perfection! They put huge amounts of pressure on the Empees team defensively and offensively converted simple fast break points to break open a first quarter double digit lead. In the Half court the Renegades moved the ball better than they have done all season, slick passing, penetration and some great shooting from the outside saw the team dominate. Mike Keith was a sensation once more really taking the bull by the horns and making good decisions time after time, Anton Pritchard began to find his way in the second quarter with some fantastic penetration and some excellent passing to find wide open Ben Lakin, Jermaine Major, Karl Walker and Kash Baptiste for simple finishes.

Hans Soghe and Lee Treasure were a defensive super duo who forced numerous Empees errors from their glove like defence. Traesure shooting a perfect 8 from 8 from the free throw line to match his slick defensive perfomance.Jermaine Major's Captain like performance saw him dominate offensively in the third quarter making some of his trademark buckets which are often far from conventional. The Renegades now led by twenty plus points and unlike games prior they did not let anything sli; the momentum continued. Kev Thomas, Nathan Doe and Patryk Kaczuba wrapped up the game with more defensive effort and composed basketball to see the Renegades Cruise to an 88 point to 56 point victory in a very tough encounter. This included Kev Thomas's Banked three from the top (Which he clearly called!!!)

Empees put up stubborn resitance and at times if Renegades had not returned fire with fire could have brought the scores much closer particularly as the First half played out. The Composure, belief in one another and the close team ethic that Renegades have developed this season was never more evident than in this game.

To Top off the performance was the final shout from the team huddle which rang out loud and clear "4KEVIN". No more fitting a win or performance has been seen by the club to remember our friend and team mate almost a year to the day since his passing.

PROUD, PROUD, PROUD Moments for all of those players involved in the Renegades this season. A true team effort and well deserved league win.

Back to business though as we still have a say in the Trophy and Cup Quarter finals. Could it be a clean sweep?

Old Boys scupper Pirates.

Posted by THE BOSS on March 21, 2015 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Old Boys made it five wins out of five in the Trophy, twice coming from behind in the dying seconds in an overtime thriller to sink Pirates by 93-91 in this quarterfinal. Keenan has had an amazing run in the last few games and he got us off the mark tonight with a triple in the first minute, but then had a quiet quarter for him, only adding one more bucket on the drive in the 8th. But he would turn the afterburners on again in spectacular fashion later. They pulled a couple back before Andy got off the mark in the 2nd, then they cut through our zone easily again three more times for inside baskets before Abe started a monumental shift for him with his first score at the end of the 3rd. Andy made one of a pair, Abe swished a pair from the line then followed with a 2+1 and Andy finished the quarter with a made pair to see us close on 34-21 (17-21 in their favour without the handicap).

Andy finished a strong drive again in the 1st minute of the 2nd quarter, Keenan made one of a pair and Abe made both of a pair before the visitors could make much reply. Andy swished another free for the first of a number of technicals against Pirates, then Abe rebounded and put back yet again. Keenan split another pair of frees, Abe banked another short J and Keenan laid up again in the 7th before we went scoreless for the last 3 minutes and Pirates cut us back by 8 points to finish the half just 10 down on 47-37.

Abe got going again straightaway at the turnaround, drawing yet another foul and splitting the pair. Andy faked and drove again for another score in the 2nd before Tony went off on one for a remarkable 4-minute, 11-point spell with four buckets on the drive and a triple from the top. In the same spell Andy and Keenan both added another basket each, but our zone was the most porous it had been all game and they were waltzing through it with ease, and making triples now, in their most free-scoring period of the game. At the end of Tony’s one-man crusade they were still just 8 points away from us and then they put on another 6-0 run because of some careless turnovers to cut our lead to just the two points. Andy was fouled again in the 10th and made the first but had to retire temporarily to plaster a cut finger. Pete was put in to take the second for him and swished it. Abe had a quiet quarter for him, but finished strongly again on the boards in the 10th to restore a 6-point lead for us. That was cut to 3 on 69-66 when their big man, Steve White, launched an ugly breezeblock from halfway that appeared to leave his hand after the buzzer. It rattled the entire basket, backboard and frame assembly before banking in and the officials decreed it valid.

White breezed through our zone again in the first minute of the 4th to cut the lead to a single point before Andy scored again in the paint to restore it to 3. They cut through three more times to take their first lead of the game before Abe clawed it back with two more strong inside moves. Billy Vye, Pirates’ MVP, had danced through our zone at will all game and now he made a pair on a foul to restore their 1-point lead, then extended it to 3 again with another wriggly drive through the middle. Tony pulled a point back with one of a pair but they stretched it to 4 with another score from Steve White in the 8th. Densil called a time-out and there was disagreement about how to shore up our defence. Pete urged a man-for-man and Tony agreed that this was the way to go. It immediately paid off when Pete intercepted a pass and the ball was worked inside again to Abe to bank in another to cut the lead to 2. John Fajardo, their outside shooter, made one of a pair in the 10th for yet another 3-point lead, then they had an inbounds in their back-court with 23 seconds remaining. All they had to do was pass it in and hold it to wait for the foul that had to come to stop the clock. The pass was aimed at Fajardo but Pete was on him like glue and he stripped the ball cleanly and turned to eye up the three-point attempt to tie the game, but he could see Keenan in a better position top left. I don’t know who’s been writing his scripts lately, but this one touched nothing but the bottom of the net to tie us on 81. They had a few seconds for a last shot, but all five Old Boys on court got under their skin and the attempt dropped well short.

Now that we had seen that we could stay with them in a man-for-man we stuck with it for the five bonus minutes. In our first three offences we worked the ball to Pete on the strong side and he found Abe in the low post every time for a spin cycle and bucket. They levelled each time on the first two from 4 made frees, and then tied it again with a bucket in the 3rd. They retook the lead with another made pair in the 4th before Tony split a pair at the start of the 5th to leave us a point behind. With under 30 seconds remaining we had to stop the clock, even though we were in team fouls, and another made pair put them 3 points up again in the dying seconds for the second time in the game.

You know what’s coming next before you read it. Keenan took the ball to the top, he shot, the ball scorched the twine once more and the game was tied all over again. Understandably, Pirates couldn’t believe their eyes or their luck with this bit of déjà vu and their dismay and our pressure made them spill the ball again. Tony received it in the low post with about ten seconds to go, he was fouled and they complained enough for a T as well. He made the first for a one-point lead, but missed the 2nd. Andy stepped up to take the T, but missed. He took the in-bounds with 1.6 on the clock and passed it to Keenan who managed to get the shot off but was fouled. He split the pair for us to finish the comeback of the century on 93-91 to book a trip to the semi-finals.

Pirates won all four quarters (by 4, 3, 7 and 3) to erase their handicap, but when the going got really tough the really tough got going to win the overtime 12-10. Keenan just edged his third MVP in a row with those two clutch triples, but Abe was a very strong contender, too, after an immense game where he was dominant on the boards at both ends and scored consistently throughout the game for 28 points. It wasn’t a trademark Old Boys performance with the whole bench sharing the scoring, but all involved dug really deep to get the job done.

Scorers: Ahmed 28, Lawrence 18 (MVP), Broughton 15, Kissoon 14, Radford 1.

Old Boys torment Bulls again.

Posted by THE BOSS on March 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In the last league match of the season for both teams Old Boys did enough damage in a dominant first quarter to see them through the game. Keenan continued his current streak of form with another 9-point quarter, scoring two more of his trademark defence-splitting lay-ups and 5 from 8 from the line. Abe had a strong first one, too, with two made baskets in the paint and 3 of five frees, while Rahquon chipped in with two buckets from the post. Our solid, mobile 3-2 defence restricted the home team to just one three-pointer and three fast break lay-ups for a 20-9 lead to us at the end of the period.

Bulls got it going a bit more in the second quarter, winning it by 16-10 to cut the visitor’s lead to 5 points on 30-25. Keenan kept us scoring, though, with another one of a pair from the line before feeding Pete in the corner for a triple, then making another 2+1 on a drive and scoring a trey of his own at the end to total 16 for the half.

Rahquon did another spin and in from the low post to start the second half, with one of a pair from Tony and another rebound and put-back from Abe to restore our lead to 10 before Bulls could trouble the scorer again. Bulls switched to a zone for this quarter to clog up the paint to stop Keenan from waltzing through it, but that gave Rahqs and Abe room to receive and fake for two more buckets each, while Chris did a Keenan and drove through the whole zone for a finger-roll. Despite a subdued quarter for him, Keenan got another at the end, but after two scoreless minutes at the beginning Bulls had put in 22 in the next eight to our 17 to tie the game at 47.

Abe got going again straight away for two baskets and a plus-one, followed by Keenan finishing again to restore a 7-point lead, while we denied them once again for over two minutes. They got an inside bucket but Abe immediately restored the lead of 7 with a made pair on another foul in the paint. They replied with a trey from the top and a made pair to cut it right back to two, but then Abe received on the free-throw line and dished to Rahquon cutting under the basket for a no-look reverse lay-up. Chris and Keenan both made one of a pair before Abe swished another fifteen-foot J to take us back to 8 up. They pulled back another basket in the 7th, then Rahqs made another one of a pair in the 8th to put us on 63-56. Bulls took a time-out and came back out in a full-court press which succeeded in forcing us to spill two turnovers that they converted to cut our lead to just 3, but we managed to spread the front court, slow things down and hold out for the 63-60 win.

Once again, this wasn’t a great offensive display from Old Boys, but it was another gutsy defensive effort from all concerned and another lesson in how to grind out the win when you’re not playing particularly well. It leaves Old Boys still topping the table for the time being on 15 wins and 3 losses, but to win the division they need Comets to slip up against Knights or Mohawks (or both).

Scorers: Lawrence 23 (MVP), Ahmed 22, Chambers 11, Radford 3, Veira 3, Kissoon 1.

Old Boys drive off Cavaliers.

Posted by THE BOSS on March 12, 2015 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

It was vital for Old Boys to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Comets to retain a hope of winning the division title. This week’s visitors were Premier Inn Cavaliers 40 who, having already just scraped the win in the game in Swindon in October, were confident of their chances. Old Boys started with strong intent and maintained it to win the first three quarters. Cavs’ MVP scored the first points, but Keenan, Rahquon and Abe all scored inside the Cavs’ zone to give us a 6-2 lead. They came back with a made triple and a two to regain the lead, but Andy tied it with one of a pair. They retook it with a score inside from their big man, but Rahqs tied it again with another low-post move. Cavs briefly held it twice more in the 7th and 8th, but Keenan scored twice more on zone-splitting drives, Andy made two more and a plus-one and Tony made one of a pair for us to finish the quarter on 19-15.

That was as good as it would get for Cavs because Keenan decided it was time for another one of those quarters. By the end of it he had added another 16 to his 6 from the first period – another 3 sidestepping, driving lay-ups, a downtown triple and 7 of 8 from the line – for 22 in the half. Add another three hoops from Andy and a triple from the top for Tony, while our zone upped the tempo to restrict them to 16 points, for us to win the period 25-16 and establish a half time lead of 13 at 44-31.

Rahqs scored another baseline drive in the first minute of the second half to stretch it to 15, but we then went scoreless for three minutes while Cavs rallied with a 6-0 run. Our threats from outside stretched the top of their zone, though, and made it very simple to find Andy inside with the bounce pass and he added another 10 points on the fake and drive. Abe got another two baskets in the same way, while Keenan drove again and dished to Pete for the lay-up on the break before taking his own game tally to 28 with a 2+1 and another triple from the top to close the quarter at 24-21 to us and a 16-point lead at 68-52.

Rahqs made a pair from the stripe at the start of the final period before they rallied again with a two and a three. Andy swished a J from the elbow in the 4th and Tony made a pair of frees in the 5th, but we went the last five minutes scoreless. Despite struggling at the offensive end now, our defence restricted them to just another two baskets and a pair from the line. They had managed to take the last quarter 11-6, but we had done enough damage in the first three to take the game 74-63 and keep the title hopes alive.

They had an easy job choosing our MVP after Keenan’s display inside and outside for 28. Andy had another solid performance with 24 points, too, but apart from those two it wasn’t the usual strong, all-round shared scoring performance from Old Boys. That will return when we peak again in the final league game at Bulls on Sunday and the two approaching quarter-finals.

Scorers; Lawrence 28 (MVP), Broughton 24, Chambers 8, Ahmed 6, Kissoon 6, Radford 2.

Old Boys burned by Comets in battle for top of the table.

Posted by THE BOSS on March 6, 2015 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Comets dented Old Boys’ title hopes in a close-run game that went to the wire in Gordano. Rahquon was off the mark from the low post in the first minute but Comets hit straight back to take their first lead with the first of nine three-pointers. They followed that with a two and another three for an early 8-3 lead, with our only other score in the first 4 minutes being one of a pair from Abe. We came back strongly in the middle of the quarter with another four inside baskets from Abe and a plus-one, a three-pointer and a lay-up from Keenan and Andy’s first score of the night in the 8th. Meanwhile, the red-hot Anderson hit another two 3s for Comets and they picked up another three baskets to win the period 22-19.

Keenan tied the game with another deep three at the start of the second quarter, but the scoring slowed on both sides, with Comets putting on only 12 more with another trey, 4 twos and one from the line and Old Boys adding only seven more with an elbow jumper and two out of four from the line for Mike and three out of four frees for Tony in the 10th. Comets won this one by 12-10 for a half time score of 34-29 to them.

Rahquon started the second half with another 2+1 to cut the deficit then Keenan and Abe got another bucket each, followed by one of a pair from Andy to take back the lead. Comets could only manage a single free throw in the first four minutes, but then Anderson grabbed it back with two more of his impossibly high-arcing triples. Abe hit one of a pair and another inside bucket, and Keenan scored another lay-up to take us back in front on 42-41, but man-on-fire Anderson hit another baseline floater and one of a pair to retake the lead. Andy made back to back strong inside moves in the 9th to see us end the quarter with another narrow lead at 46-44.

He came straight back out at the start of the final period with two more of the same, and another down low from Abe, with only one basket from Anderson in reply, to stretch our lead to six points after two minutes. This could have been an ideal time to put the game beyond their reach by switching from the 3-2 we had played all game, to throw their patient offence and force them into rushed shots like their man-to-man had rushed us all game. We stuck with what seemed to be working though, only for them to go on another 6-0 run led by Anderson to tie it again. We retook it by 4 with another bucket apiece from Abe and Andy in the 5th, only for Anderson to hit another corner triple, despite intense pressure from Lee.

They retook a one-point lead with a fast-break lay-up from our sloppy turnover, then Lee clawed it back in the 9th with a put-back inside. Anderson, of course, put them straight back up by two with his sixth three-pointer of the night. Keenan retied the game at 60-all with another lay-up after a sweet passing move from a baseline inbounds. We had tired legs out there, though, and we were undone in the 10th by another turnover, leading to a lay-up for them, followed by two made frees by Anderson when we had to foul quickly. Finally, Adams made another one of a pair for them to win by 65-60.

Now it’s up to Mohawks to field their strongest available side and play their A game to beat Comets at least once (come on lads, why not twice, home and away?) to give Old Boys another chance of the second division title.

Scorers; Ahmed 19, Lawrence 14, Broughton 13 (MVP), Chambers 5, Bailey 4, Kissoon 3, Eleazar 2.

Old Boys ground Jets again.

Posted by THE BOSS on February 27, 2015 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Old Boys left Jets grounded on the runway for the third time this season in the most comprehensive win of the three. The away league game in October was a tense 6-point win where we struggled all game and the Trophy game earlier this month was a comfortable 26-pointer for us. We fired on all cylinders at home in the league in this one, though, to finish with a 32-point margin on 79-47.

With Chris and Lee running late and Karl going to Jets’ court instead for some reason, we started with just the nine players (although we ended up with fourteen!) and Tony took the opportunity to start himself for a change, swishing a three from the top in the first minute when their zone backed off him to fill the paint. Keenan followed up with his first of many zone-splitting drives and when Andy hit back-to-back fake and drives in the 4th we were looking good at 9-2. Big Will got one inside for them in the 2nd and another in the 5th, but our 3-2 was mobile and aggressive and denied them any more looks for the rest of the quarter. Meanwhile, Rahquon scored his first from the low post, Keenan got another and one of a pair from the stripe and Andy made a perfect pair of frees to take us to 16-4.

At the start of the second period Pete rolled back the decades on a fast break to finish with a pass-fake and lay-up from the left, Keenan went coast-to-coast on another mazy drive, Mike swished a 15-footer and Gordon and Lee finished off inside after some quick and sweet ball-movement. Andy and Rahqs came back in to score another one and two baskets respectively in the paint to increase our score to 32 at the end of the half, although our defence had slackened a little in the quarter and Jets managed to get both engines firing for a while to put away 19 points and win the period.

So we started the second half with just the 9-point lead on 32-23, but Andy got going again straight away, Jamie scored one of a pair from the line and Lee swished a mid-range jumper before Jets could trouble Lefty and Ehjaz on the table again. Andy hit two more back-to-back, while Keenan dominated the last 4 minutes of the quarter with one of a pair and four lay-ups on coast-to-coast drives that had Jets scratching their heads in wonder and frustration. Balance was restored in offence and defence by 18-9 to us.

We started the final period at 50-32, but Jets found some rhythm again to peg it back by four points, until, in case they weren’t sick enough of him already, Keenan breezed through the lot of them twice more on power-drives, slamming the first two-handed and swishing the plus-one on the second. Not content with that he drew the last man on a three-man break and fed to Pete for another lay-up. Pete followed that on the next break with a visit to the bank from mid-range on the left from Lee’s outlet pass. Abe finally checked in after an unusually quiet night for him, then Mike swished another from the top. Keenan showed the opposition that he’s human after all by missing a pair from the line, but immediately followed that with a swished three from top right. Abe got two more buckets in heavy traffic in the paint, and when Gordon swished another in the 7th to take us to 72-47, Jets’ engines were blown beyond repair. To rub the salt in, Andy hit three of five on technicals and another inside bucket to take us to a crushing 27-15 for the quarter and 79-47 for the game.

Choosing our MVP was a no-brainer for them, with Keenan showing everyone what he’s really capable of with 24 points, a slam-dunk and numerous assists, blocks and steals in his best game of the season so far. Once again, credit goes to the whole bench for another solid team performance in sharing the workload at both ends of the court.

Scorers: Lawrence 24 (MVP), Broughton 21, Ahmed 6, Chambers 6, Radford 6, Eleazar 4, Bailey 4, Shovlin 4, Kissoon 3, Lee 1.

Renegades Move through the gears in 2015

Posted by THE BOSS on February 25, 2015 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

2015 has seen an impressive start to a new year for the Renegades and has pushed them into pole position for WEBBA'S division I title race.

Before Christmas Renegades in  injury crisis Renegades lost two crucial games to Swindon Shock 1 and Bristol Uni allowing Swindon Shock to climb to the top of the table with the league destiny squarely in their hands, if they won the remainder of their games they would win the league with a better head to head score over Renegades both winning 1 game each in the match up. UWE however handed out the Shock result of 2015 when they dramatically defeated the league leaders by 1 point last weekend.

Now their seems to be a 3 horse race with Bristol University also in the chase for the season honours and just 1 game behind the Renegades with a meeting between the teams to come. Renegades have their destiny now solely in their hands as they have 1 less loss than both the University and Shock teams and by winning all of their remaining games would win the title.

Renegades are also undefeated in the Cup and Trophy competitions and have progressed to both of the competitions Quarter final stages. This is a fantastic position to be in with an opportunity to win some silverware this season very much a reality.

Renegades have moved through the injury crisis and also added some more ammunition in the form of Young Guns Patryk Kaczuba and Nathan Doe as new young recruits to the team both of whom are under 19 years of age. Also returning to fitness and action are Kev Thomas and Roger Moore both adding considerable experience to the team.

The squad has seen Big Ben Lakin really shine recently after a season last year riddled with injury, this season he is a Big target and is certainly putting numbers up to match. Renegades whole squad is full of talent and on any one night they can light up a game, with recent performances the team has shown just how commited to the team ethos they are with fantastic team basketball, defensively and offensively.

This was never more evident than with the two back to back defeats of UWE who were bouyed with their Recent victory over former League Leaders Swindon Shock.

Recent Results:

Renegades 77 Shock 2 51 (Cup)

MVP JERMAINE MAJOR

Renegades 124 Aces 98 (Trophy Renegades -54 to start)

MVP BEN LAKIN

Renegades 88 Bristol Bull 86 (Trophy Renegades -42 to start)

MVP BEN LAKIN

Renegades 93 Southside 84 (Trophy Renegades -36 to start)

MVP ANTON PRITCHARD

Renegades 85 UWE 62 (League)

MVP JERMAINE MAJOR

UWE ? Renegades ? but a win (League, stats yet to be completed by UWE)

Bristol Knights 96 Renegades 104 (Trophy Renegades -29 to start)

MVP KARL WALKER


BIG GAMES TO COME AND BIG CHALLENGES BUT THIS TEAM HAVE WHAT IT TAKES. "4KEVIN"


Level II Coaching course in Bristol in April.

Posted by THE BOSS on February 25, 2015 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 

BASKETBALL ENGLAND LEVEL II COACHES AWARD

 

 

Lockleaze Basketball Club are delighted to announce that a Level II Basketball England Coaches award will be delivered at the Clubs home St Bedes Catholic College during April and May.

 

After a huge amount of interest in the current course a second course has been arranged to meet this demand.

 

With only 15 places available this will be very much on a first come first served basis, booking your place early is to be advised.

 

 

Dates: (Sundays)

 

April 12th, 19th, 26th

 

May 10th

 

 

Times: 10am to 4pm

 

 

Cost: £125 (Comparitive local costs include a course in Exeter for £250 so excellent value for money)

 

 

Venue: St Bedes Catholic College, The Long Cross, Lawrence Weston, Bristol, BS11 0SU.

 

(2 miles from Junction 18 of the M5)

 

 

Tutor: Danny James

 

 

For more information and to book your place please email: [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 


Old Boys overpower Mohawks again to stay top of the division.

Posted by THE BOSS on February 21, 2015 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

In the first regular season game for both teams after the Trophy pool matches, an almost full-strength Old Boys proved too powerful for the seven Mohawks fit and well enough to play. Old Boys were first to move the scoreboard in the 1st minute with the first of many inside moves from Andy Broughton. Nick Watt levelled the scores with a mid-range jumper in the 2nd, but Andy and Rahquon stretched it again before Adam scored Mohawk’s second basket in the 4th. Two more fake and drive moves from Andy took the veterans to 10-4, then Jahmell scored one of a charity pair. Keenan got his first points on a fast break, Pete scored his first three of the night on his first attempt and Abe got his first basket in the 9th to open up a twelve-point lead. Charlie swished a corner three for the home team at the end of the 9th but Andy hit straight back with two more baskets and a perfect pair from the line to see him finish on an impressive 14 points in the quarter. Nick made a free throw for a technical towards the end of the period, but Old Boys were looking comfortable at 23-9.

Pete hit another trey at the start of the 2nd quarter and Keenan made a pair of frees to stretch the lead to 19 points before Nick could make two more baskets to reduce it to 15. Abe finished off a seven-pass offence and Pete hit another three from the corner to take the lead straight back up to 20, though. He followed that by chasing Mike on a fast break and timing the jump right for a clean block on the lay-up. Nick and Chris rebounded and cleaned up inside to peg it back a little again, but Old Boys went on another 8-0 run with two scores from Keenan, Ellis finishing a three-man weave and Andy scoring another in the paint before Nick could pull another one back for Mohawks. Old Boys took the quarter 18-10 for a half-time score of 41-19.

Abe, Rahquon, Andy and Tony all scored to stretch the lead to 30 in the first five minutes of the second half before Nick could get another couple of scores, but Lee came straight back for Old Boys with a two and a three from the top. Jahmell swished a mid-range jumper for Mohawks in the 7th, but Tony laid-up twice and made a bonus free in the 8th before Nick could score yet again. Abe finished the quarter with two more inside scores and Chris got another for Mohawks, but the period ended 22-10 to Old Boys to put them in the lead by 34 on 63-29.

Lesser teams may have given up at this point, but Mohawks showed the spirit of Kevin and came out for the final period fired up to win the quarter at least and to do it in some style. Charlie hit another three-pointer in the 1st and Chris rebounded and put back to reduce it by five straight off. Abe got one back for Old Boys, but Nick and Mike scored again for Mohawks. Abe scored again, but Mohawks went on another mini-run with one of a pair and a lay-up for Mike and another jumper from Nick. Gordon made one of a pair for Old Boys, then Jahmell made both of his frees in the 8th. Keenan scored a three from the top, Ebuka hit a short baseline jumper, then Rahquon got Old Boy’s last basket in the 9th before another 5-0 run from Mohawks with another score from Nick and two more from Mike. Mohawks finished an impressive 24-10 on the quarter, but Old Boys had done enough damage in the first three quarters to win the game 73-53.

Nick was MVP for Mohawks for his consistent scoring throughout the game to finish on 23 points, while Andy picked up his 6th MVP of the season for his 14-point first quarter, 18 points in total and numerous rebounds and assists. As always in this club, though, it was the ‘never quit’ spirit from all nineteen who played that made for a hard-fought, entertaining game.

Old Boys; Broughton 18 (MVP), Ahmed 14, Lawrence 11, Radford 9, Kissoon 7, Chambers 6, Eleazar 5, Bowen 2, Shovlin 1.

Mohawks; Watt 21 (MVP), Rivera 9, James 7, Walker 6, LaFrenais 6, Ekwegh 2.

Reported by P. Radford, 20/2/15

Old Boys stop Jets taking off.

Posted by THE BOSS on February 10, 2015 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Lockleaze Old Boys made it four wins out of four in the Trophy, beating Olympus Jets by 65-49 in another convincing display by the whole squad. Jets had a 3-point head start but our mobile 3-2 zone prevented them from adding to it until the 4th minute and then went on to stop them from scoring for another 5 minutes after that. We held them to just 6 points in the first quarter while scoring 21 of our own for a 12 point lead. Rahquon started us off by swishing two free throws, then Keenan, Tony and Abe finished inside moves, before Andy started his account with a 2+1. Despite very close attention in the paint Abe got another from a rebound before Jets switched to a man-for-man defence to try, unsuccessfully, to shore up their leaks. Pete hit a three from the top, Mike made one of a pair and Jamie scored a lay-up in traffic in the last minute.

Jamie repeated the trick at the start of the second period, spinning in under the basket off a classy give-and-go with Abe on the free-throw line. Gordon and Lee both made one of a pair and then Gordon banked one in, while Andy got two more buckets inside. Jets finally managed to start one engine to score 9 points and hold us to only 10 in the quarter, but we still finished the half with a 12-point cushion. Perhaps it should have been 15, but Keenan’s amazing swish from a three-quarter-court heave was judged to have been released after the buzzer.

Jets got the other engine going for a while in the 3rd quarter to score 4 triples and keep it close again, but we still won the period 18-15 to stretch our lead to 15 points going into the final period. Tony hit two more baskets on the break, Abe got two more inside, one of them a ten-foot sky-hook, while Andy made two more free throws and another basket from a fake and drive. Jets were trying to press three-quarter-court now, but it backfired and allowed easy give and goes for Lee to lay-up from Mike’s pass and for Pete to bank in a 15-footer on the break from Lee’s half-court assist.

Andy was scoring steadily throughout the game, but he caught fire now for four more baskets in the first four minutes of the last quarter, while Lee swished a trey off Pete’s screen and scored another lay-up on a give and go. Mike a jumper from the top and Jamie and Keenan both made one of a pair for us to end the 4th quarter with another 17 points. Similar to Keenan’s effort at the end of the first half, Gordon swished a triple from top left of the arc, but this one was also discounted as out of time.

The more impressive story was at our defensive end where, as in the first period, all twelve players bust a gut to restrict Jets to just another 6 points for the 26-point win. Thanks must go to Karl and Densil, for volunteering to sit this one out because we had fourteen players. This meant that Densil added another win to his coaching record.

Scorers: Broughton 19, Ahmed 8, Eleazar 8 (MVP), Kissoon 6, Radford 5, Bailey 5, Lee 5, Lawrence 4, Shovlin 3, Chambers 2.

Old Boys crush Braves III.

Posted by THE BOSS on February 5, 2015 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Lockleaze Old Boys met Braves 3 again in their third match of this year’s Trophy competition. Having beaten them by one point in last season’s pool game but lost on paper because of a tabling error, Old Boys were well up for avenging that loss. Again we were forced to play without top scorer Andy when it was clear that we only had one referee and he volunteered to whistle so that the game could go ahead (thanks for that, big man!). Braves started the game with a +19 advantage – despite having +25 for the same game last season – but Old Boys came out firing on all cylinders to win the first quarter 22-7, reducing the 19 point advantage to just 6 after 10 minutes. Rahquon got two scores in the first two minutes, followed by Abe getting two inside buckets and swishing two freebies from the stripe. Rahqs got another in the low post before Pete swished a three from top left halfway through the quarter. Abe and Lee got two more inside scores and Jamie got one of a pair to finish the period.

Rahqs was having one of those unstoppable nights in the low post, scoring two more in the first couple of minutes of the second period, followed by a classy assist for Gordon to lay-up. He got his sixth basket straight after for 12 points in the half. Tony came in halfway through the quarter after a two-month Christmas lay-off, and immediately got fouled on a drive, making one of the pair. Abe finished off three more moves inside for an impressive 14 point half-time total for him and Tony got the last score of the quarter on another drive. We won the period 17-8 for a half-time score of 37-34 to us, including their 19-point head start.

Gordon got our score moving again at the start of the 3rd period, making one of a pair when he was fouled on a lay-up from Pete’s assist, then Lee swished a three from the top of the arc before Braves went on a bit of a rally that saw them briefly retake the lead. Rahqs got two more buckets in the post, Tony hit another one of a pair and Abe made both of his pair to finish the closest period of the game, 12-11 to us.

At 49-45 up we came out with real intent again at the start of the 4th and soon re-established complete control of the game, going on to win the final period by 21 points to just 4 in reply from Braves. After 7 more points from Abe he finished the game with a season-high 24 and his 6th MVP. Rahqs got another 4 points to bring his total to 20. Pete banked one on a fast-break from Tony’s assist, and next offence he faked a shot and fed Gordon inside for him to bank another. In the 10th minute Tony finished two fast breaks and made another one of a pair from the line for a 9-point total. Gordon had the last word with another baseline drive to score.

The final score was 71-49 to Old Boys (71-30 minus the advantage) after another solid all-round performance from the whole bench that leaves Old Boys with three wins out of three in the Trophy.

Scorers: Ahmed 24 (MVP), Chambers 20, Kissoon 9, Shovlin 7, Eleazar 5, Radford 5, Lee 1.

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Lockleaze Old Boys have come up against two first division sides so far in this Trophy campaign and beat them both by 15 points. This week’s opponents were Empees C, a mix of their first and 3rd division teams but, crucially, containing six first team players. Old Boys’ handicap advantage was 21 points, but they only needed that help in the fourth quarter, always cruising 21+ points ahead for the first three periods. Keenan made our first score with a triple in the 2nd minute, after both teams struggled on their first three or four offences, then Rahquon hit back-to-back 2s before Empees got anything on the board. Despite Empees playing a zone defence, Pete didn’t take his first shot until well into the fifth minute, but then had a dreamlike spell, going 4 out of six in four minutes from the great beyond, including a last-second buzzer-beater that banked in from miles out, for twelve first quarter points. In between the treys, Mike made both of a pair of frees in the 7th and Keenan got another bucket in the 9th and we ended the period on 42-17, ahead by 4 points without the handicap.

Chris Hill had moaned at one of the refs on the last play and earned himself a technical foul, so Pete’s dream continued when he was elected to take the shot and swished it, then he scored a long-two jumper from the next play on the inbounds. Unfortunately, then he woke up and couldn’t buy one for the rest of the game. The rest of the quarter was quiet for us, with only two inside buckets from Abe and one more from Rahqs, while Empees showed what they’re capable of from inside and out to take the period 15-9 for a half-time score of 51-32 to us. In twenty minutes of basketball they had only reduced our starting advantage by 2 points, causing Andy, our top scorer who was still feeling a little under the weather, to choose to stay on as timekeeper instead of playing the second half. ‘You don’t need me, you’re wiping the floor with them without me,’ he said.

Our whole bench stepped up another gear in the second half, with strong defensive work from Jamie, Karl and Ellis in particular. Rahqs scored our first three points of the half with a baseline bucket and one of a pair from the stripe, then Abe added another 3 hoops inside, Keenan hit a trey, two 2s and one of a pair and Mike hit another jumper for us to end the third on 70-48, still one point up on our advantage.

Empees had to chase the game now and squeezed us in a three-quarter-court press, but Keenan easily brushed past the front two and Jamie scored the first points with a lay-up at the end of a sweet, five-man passing move. They responded with a three-pointer, but Keenan came straight back with a made pair on a foul. We had a temporary blip of turnovers from the press and traded baskets as a result, but Abe got two more and Keenan and Rahqs got another each. Lee had been content, like Andy, to watch us go to work for most of the game because of a tight hamstring from last week, but he came in now with three minutes left and controlled the ball and hit a two and one of a pair before Abe finished the game with another bucket for a final score of 87-72.

Coach Bailey was full of praise for the whole bench for the second week running, for digging in and getting the basics right most of the time, even though we were missing out top scorer and three other key regulars. Keenan earned MVP for an outstanding performance all over the court, and all nine who played can be proud of an excellent, all-round team performance.

Scorers: Lawrence 17 (MVP), Ahmed 16, Radford 15, Chambers 9, Bailey 4, Eleazar 3, Lee 2.


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