Sharks II get much needed road win after pulling up short at the Shark Tank

Thursday 13th November – Sharks II Vs Maidstone II

With Maidstone having gone from 1 team in the Medway League last season to 3 teams this year it was anyone’s guess as to what their line up would be tonight. As it turned out it was pretty much the same squad who we faced in the 2nd Division last year so we knew we had a task on our hands.

It was kept close in the 1st despite Shilo picking up 3 early fouls and taking a rest for later in the game. The 2nd period saw a good team effort offensively with 6 players getting on the scoresheet to take the quarter 19-10 and go into the second half 33-26 ahead.

The momentum kept going offensively in the 3rd while at the other end we allowed Maidstone to keep in the fight. At 53-44 it was time for the all-important final quarter. Unfortunately with more than some parallels to last week at Crows, this is where Maidstone took hold of the game going on an unanswered 21 point run and getting the lead for the first time in the game with the aid of 7 trips to the foul line. Again plenty of positives to be taken against a strong Maidstone team, but a win needed more than ever now to reward our efforts.

Final Score: 67 - 74

Sharks Scorers: Marsh 15, Grimes 12, Plail 12, Sabunas 8, Smee 7, Stopford 6, Yogev 4, Torreggiani 2, Rowlett 1.

 

Tuesday 18th November – Bromley Fury II Vs Sharks II

Games against Bromley always seem to produce low scoring closely contested battles where we cancel each other out defensively much of the time. Although having said that, tonight’s game started very differently. Working the ball around well from the off we again looked to spread the scoring to race ahead 5-25 at the end of the 1st.

Into the 2nd and a more familiar pace was seen with Bromley edging it 10-8, leaving us 15-33 ahead at the break. Bromley had begun to find their range and with 6 successful attempts from beyond the arc in the rest of the game to our 1 they began to be hot on our tails.

With around 3 minutes to go in the game Bromley hit a 3 to make it 35-44 and keep them within sight of the lead. Could we hold our nerve and see the game out after our late disappointments so far in the league? A time out was called, but with no break in play we would have to keep our nerve and protect the ball and the lead. Spreading the floor well, we were able to do just that as well as adding to the score to run out eventual winners 37-50 and get the monkey off our back!

Final Score: 37 - 50

Sharks Scorers: Yogev 16, Plail 14, Grimes 9, Sabunas 4, Smee 4, Marsh 3.

Next up: Folkestone at home





November 13th, 2014 by Alex Stopford