Bury Blue Devils 19 - 48 Lothian
02 Sept 2006
Reporter : Martin
team finally got their first long awaited season underway on Saturday
against the Bury Blue Devils.
Two minutes before
tip-off you could really feel both a tense and anxious feeling surround
the court which undoubtedly was coming from the Lothian bench. After all
it was now time for this new team to put theory into practice and to keep
themselves positive so that they could get that promising start the fledgling
Phoenix players all wanted to ignite their inaugural season in the GBWBA
Third Division North.
In the first quarter
both teams got off to a slow start and within a couple of minutes Lothian
found themselves on the back foot with Bury’s number 23 breaking
the dead lock to put his team 2-0 up. However, Michael Jordan analogies
aside, it didn’t take the visitors long to get rid of those pre
match nerves, answering back with a run of thirteen straight points before
letting the home side deliver their second basket. In this quarter Lothian
seemed to be using zoned defence which Bury found difficult to breakdown.
The quarter finished 15-4 in favour of Lothian.
The game seemed to
be becoming a bit one sided with Lothian only conceding one basket the
whole quarter and troubling their hosts by adding another twelve points
to their score. The half time buzzer sounded and the new comers looked
comfortable with a 27-5 lead.
Just before the second
half was due to start I looked over at the Lothian bench and saw that
Stevie Duff seemed happy with his team’s progress so far but never
at any point did he look as though he wanted to stop there signalling
clear instructions to his team for the second half.
In the third quarter
Lothian changed to a half court pressure defence which resulted in the
league rookies conceding ten to their rivals but Lothian still finished
on top with twelve in the third.
a lot of action in the fourth with both teams only managing six baskets
The game ended 48-19
So it seems that
the Lothian got off to a good start. Player/Coach Stevie Duff managed
an impressive fourteen points for the contest, but it was the overall
team performance that left the assembled scouting parties from the rest
of the division with the quandary of how to stop the impressive newcomers.
Stevie Duff commented
post match, “ This was a great start to this new club’s first
season in the GBWBA Third Division North. To start the campaign with a
win is absolutely fantastic. Tomorrow in Bolton will be a tough test for
us. The Bolton team played in the second division last year and will be
formidable opponents. It might be that our toughest test of the season
has come a little too early for us, but based on today’s performance,
I am sure we will be able to put up a good show. The spirit demonstrated
by the players today was top drawer. They did exactly what was asked of
them and exceeded my expectations going into our first game. Based on
this performance, the Phoenix future looks bright. I’m very proud
of the team.”