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Basingstoke Blizzards improving despite defeat to Windsor Warriors
8:00pm Friday 25th October 2013 in Sport
IT WAS not third time lucky for the Basingstoke Blizzards as they lost 69- 61 to the visiting Windsor Warriors.
The defeat was their third in a row since returning to Wessex League Division One, but coach Marcel Mavronicholas was very pleased with his side for the first time this year and said: “The intensity was there, the aggression and will to win was there, but we were very unfortunate to find a Windsor side raining threes either side of half-time. It was a great team effort.”
The home side lost Aaron Taylorson – top scorer in their first game – due to last-minute work commitments, but still took a 4-0 lead.
The Warriors then scored eight straight points, but the Blizzards hit back, with Rob Bloomer working hard alone in the paint as the home side led 15-14 at the end of the quarter.
With the lead still changing hands regularly, Windsor's captain hit an unbelievable run of seven straight three pointers from seven attempts, which gave his side a 34-26 advantage.
There was a great response from the Blizzards’ Rob Gerrard and Joey Haynes, who kept the home side in touch at 42-36.
With the half-time buzzer about to sound, Gerrard hit an amazing three pointer from his own free throw line to close the gap to three points.
After the interval, the Blizzard retook the lead 44-42, but that was short-lived as Windsor hit another trio of three pointers to pull clear at 54-44.
The Blizzards worked hard defensively as Adam Paddon took Windsor’s captain out of the game with close man marking, but the visitors kept ahead as they went on to win 69-61.
The Blizzards are next in action against Woking on Tuesday at Queen Mary’s College. Tip off is 8.25pm.
Scoring: Rob Gerrard 33, Rob Bloomer 15, Adam Paddon 5, Joey Haynes 4, Tom Mavronicholas 3, Jim Darlow 1.
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