West Craven Turbines 62-64 Ribby Hall Jets 1

Posted on February 23rd, 2013

DSCF0375West Craven Turbines this week took on Ribby Hall Jets 1 who have recently hit some good form in the Hyndburn league and have improved since the last meeting between the two sides when the Turbines sealed the deal with a one point win. West Craven this week were without starting guard Ben Capps therefore forward Jake Dawson took his place on the starting five with young guns Zak Boardman and Rob Lonsdale on the bench.

As the game tipped off it did not take long for the points to add up as the Turbines started out with forward Dan Widdup getting to the line for two free throws and making one of them to open the scoring. Ribby Hall would come down the other end to find consistent and open and well-taken jump shots through out the first qtr making three 3-point shots. The first quarter was however nip and tuck finishing 16-15 with a one point lead for the Turbines.

The second quarter saw the Turbines step up a gear as they produced some excellent offensive play with Renko Ireton distributing the ball inside to free scoring Pete Marshall who would execute plenty of power moves inside going to the hoop. While on the defensive end the Turbines again stepped up the play to grab a number of defensive rebounds from back three in Marshall, Dawson and Widdup allowing for the quick outlet to send Pete Robinson on the fast break a number of times. With Marshall, Widdup and Robinson scoring consistently the pressure was on Jets as they Turbines took a 9 point coming up to half time, however another three on the buzzer for the Jets would see the score settle at 39-33 to the Turbines.

The third quarter saw Jets come out fighting with a good offensive set up to get players open for a variety of long scores. West Cravens’ Marshall; however, would still score at the other end and earn him plenty of free throws. Jets came back into the game and were down by just 2 points at the end of the third quarter, 47-45.

The fourth quarter was the deciding period as both teams had evenly matched each other to this point. Jets preferred their offence to work the ball around and make the defence move eventually finding them open for well-taken perimeter shots. Turbines offence was well worked with some great ball movement, probably their best of the season so far accompanied with great executing moves from forward Marshall and Widdup finding the open jump shots. An excellent move from Ireton driving to the hoop to dump the ball off to the baseline cut from Robinson would force the Jets to call a time out being just 2 points in the game. Jets again came back strong and found themselves just 1 point down with 1 minute left to play. Turbines however, failed to take advantage of the offence they had in possession which led to a Jets break where a stumbling rebound would see Jets convert and go 1 point up. Turbines had one offence however, they again failed to score and with 15 seconds they had to stop the game clock by fouling to get them in the penalty foul which saw the Jets shoot two free throws and just the get 1 more point with just 2 seconds on the clock. A time out was called by Turbines to discuss the game plan and move the ball up the court for the inbound with 2 seconds left, Widdup and Robinson were to set off the ball screens to release Marshall for an open three in an attempt to win the game but despite his efforts the shot was not converted and Jets came out winners at 64-62.

‘A great team performance from the guys despite the loss saw some excellent passing and ball movement from the team which must continue when players return for the next game. The quick thinking at the end of the game to foul and execute the offense shows the progress we are making this season.” Coach Ireton Scorers: Widdup 23, Marshall 22, Robinson 10, Ireton 6 and Dawson 1.

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