Monday, 25 September 2017

Coventry Tornadoes 38 Vs 65 Leadonites Basketball (YBL LTG Cup R1)

Saturday, 23rd September 2017
Coventry Tornadoes 38 v 65 Leadonites
(Q1: 5-17 / Q2: 4-21 / Q3: 17-6 / Q4: 12-21)
Referees: Ian Pursglove and Paul North

This was Leadonites Basketball's biggest match to date in its two and a bit year history with entry into the Youth Basketball league and straight into the Lorna Tull Griffiths Cup Round 1 with an away tie at the Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre.

The Leadonites Basketball U15s team and coaches
Left to right - Back Row: Coach Ian Robb, Ethan Wheeler, Josh Spriggs, Teo Calvo-Whitelegg, Coach Rich Davis.
Middle Row: Sam Nicholls, Joseph Fisher, Mike French (Capt), JJ Hobson,
Front Row: Alessio Miccio, Finlay Chalkley, George Robb

Pre-match warm up

Coventry Tornadoes U15s during warm up

Originally this was to be a Leadonites Basketball home match but due to the death of the Tornadoes coach's father Leadonites agreed to switch venues rather than postpone or cancel the fixture. Leadonites looked after the table duties whilst Tornadoes picked up the tab for the referees.

The final score

The detail of the match

It took until the fourth minute of the first quarter until either team scored with JJ Hobson sinking the first of his game high score 19 points. Tornadoes levelled the scores before Leadonites went on a scoring spree to dominate the remainder of the first quarter.

The second quarter was much the same with taking a 38-9 lead into half-time. Finlay Chalkley sustained a rolled ankle but was able to rejoin the match in the second half.

Zone defence and game time minutes for the Leadonites bench players saw Coventry claw back some of the deficit in the third.

Three big scoring bursts in the final quarter saw the Ledbury club win through and then off to Maccy-Dees for post match analysis and re-fuelling.