FOR THE first time this season Troon Tornadoes made a visit to Arbroath Sports Centre to face the Muskies. Based on results up to this point the game was predicted to be close.
The home side raced out to a quick 6-0 start with Ewan Laing providing four points. Troon fought their way back into the game and the quarter finish a relatively even 13-10.
An opportunity presented itself for the Musketeers to push ahead in the second quarter. The team got into good positions around the basket to score but struggled to hit the shots. Shots began to drop and this was a team effort with seven different scorers in the quarter. The score reflected this, going into the half with the Muskies leading 31-23.
Troon were not going to go down without a fight and came out all guns blazing in the third quarter, quickly taking control of the game and narrowing the gap to within two points. The Musketeers cadets then did something that may have been lacking, they stayed calm and controlled the game keeping a narrow lead going into the fourth quarter at 40-43.
Going into the last quarter with a very tight lead the team knew they would have to play tough and round the game out. Defence proved the difference with the Muskies playing excellent defence in the last few minutes, along with hitting some big shots to round the game out.
Next week will prove a big test as the current leaders Edinburgh Kings come visiting to Arbroath Sports Centre.
Top scorers: Ewan Laing 16, Ross Walker 12, Noah Smith 9, Robert Stewart, Chris Thompson 4, Gavin Thompson 3, Rory Anton, Ross F. Walker and Craig Knight 2.
SATURDAY saw Troon Tornadoes visit the Musketeers for the first time this season.
The game started slowly with the Muskies struggling to cope with the pressure defence played by Troon. The Muskies ran a trapping defense of their own which led to guards Sim and Spink causing turnovers and scoring easy baskets. Muskies’ forwards Myers and Patullo also had success on the offensive glass creating second and third chance opportunities.
The Troon side battled hard, however, and were effective from the perimeter hitting jump shots. The quarter finished 14-14.
The second quarter saw the Muskies offence start to flow and fantastic ball movement stretched the Troon defence creating shooting and penetration opportunities. The trapping defence by the Muskies also forced the Troon side into tough shots and defensive rebounding led to fast break opportunities. The half ended with a buzzer beating three-point shot by guard Lewis Esplin.
The half ended 42-25.
Troon started the second half in a zone defence trying to limit the Muskies scoring. The home side changed to their zone offence which again continued to cause the visiting side problems. Forward Michael Taylor had his best quarter of the season scoring inside and using his mid range jump shot. Spink hit from three-point range and Sim showed fantastic ball handling skills to slice open the Troon defence.
The third quarter ended 61-32
The fourth quarter saw the Muskies give their younger players Stewart and Laing some valuable experience and they didn’t disappoint by grabbing rebounds and also getting on the scoresheet to finish the game off as the contest ended 83-42.
Overall this was a great team performance and will give the boys confidence when they face Edinburgh Kings tomorrow (Saturday).
Scorers: Spink 26, M. Myers 15, Sim 14, Patullo 10, Esplin 7, Taylor 6, Stewart 3, Laing 2.