Oasis Academy Mayfield |30 April 2017 | 13:20pm

Coach: Jez Winsborrow

Squad: Charlotte Thornton-White (c), Andy White, Chris Rattenbury, Zviko Chigumba, Leanna Adams & Patrick O’Donovan

The Game 

Aces travelled down to Southampton to play their penultimate away game of the season against Hampshire Harriers 2. Aces won possession from the tip-off but they were unable to capitalise with the home side going on to score the first points of the game. Aces responded quickly with a basket of their own. Aces pushed on further whilst limiting the home sides shooting opportunities. Aces won the first quarter 14-6.

Hampshire Harriers found some consistency in the second quarter, which made for a much more interesting game. Both teams settled into the game and it became a more even affair. The two sides limited one another’s shooting opportunities, which lead to a fairly low scoring quarter which didn’t hamper the quality of the basketball being played. The second quarter ended in a draw 6-6. Half time score 20-12

The third quarter proved to be a reverse of the first quarter. Hampshire Harriers implemented a press slowed Aces offensively and limited their options in the channels. Defensively Aces started to tire and Aces dropped off slightly allowing Harriers better looks at basket. Hampshire Harriers won the quarter 14-6.

Disaster struck in the fourth quarter when our captain had to leave the court through injury. Forced to play on with only 4 players against a team of 5 due to the lack of eligible substitutions Aces were able to see out the fourth quarter with the game ending in a draw, 30-30

Extra time and Aces made their way back on court. Like the rest of the game it was very much back and fourth. But the numerical advantage worked in the favour of the home team who went 4 points up without response before Aces finally scored a basket of their own making the extra time score 4-2 in favour of the home side. Seconds left and Aces had possession in their half still stuck behind the press implemented by Harriers earlier on in the game. A speculative attempt at basket from Aces own half fell short as the final buzzer sounded. Hampshire Harriers winning the game 34-32.

Most Valuable Player – Chris Rattenbury 

Chris was nominated for the MVP award by his teammates for his effort during the game. Having recently returned from a long break due to illness, resulting in a lack training and game time/fitness the last thing Chris needed was to play a full 40 minutes, but unfortunately this was the case due to our lack of options of the bench. Having said that Chris never stopped, he worked tirelessly in all areas of the game. He may have felt it afterwards but under the circumstances he deserves the recognition.

A special mention also goes out to our captain on the day, Charlotte, who played through the pain of a potentially broken finger for as long as she could before the pain became just too much. Everybody at Aces would like to wish you a speedy recovery whatever the diagnosis.

Coming Up…  Aces are next in action against Plymouth Storm at Aylesbury High School, Saturday 6 May 2017, tip-off 14:30 pm

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