Phoenix Lose Last Game But Future Looks Bright

Lothian Phoenix 45 - 46 Liverpool Vikings II
01 April 2007

Lothian Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club played their last game of the season at Meadowmill Sports Centre on Sunday 1 April. Phoenix lost by the closest of margins to Liverpool Vikings 45-46.

The Phoenix took an early lead in the first quarter, following some deft offensive team play and led 14-10 at the end of the opening period. Their lead was soon usurped by the Vikings and the scores were reversed in the second quarter to leave the teams tied 24-24 at halftime.

Musselburgh Grammar pupil, Simon Ramsay, entered the match in the third period and his floor leadership helped the Phoenix edge a slight third quarter lead, going into the final period two points up, 34-32.

Vikings came out for the final period extremely fired up and romped to an early lead. With two minutes remaining the Vikings were leading by four points. However, the Phoenix were far from done. Point guard, Davey Gilmour, scored a long range three point shot to pull the Phoenix to within one. A stop at the other end and an inside basket from Phoenix Forward, Rab O′Rorke gave the Phoenix a one point lead with 27 seconds remaining.

The Phoenix′s stalwart defence kept the Vikings out for 23 of the 24 seconds on the shot clock, however, a lapse of concentration by the Phoenix in the final second of the Viking′s offence allowed their number eight, Sharkey, to make a backdoor cut and slip in to score with 3 seconds left on the game clock and the 24 second shot clock buzzer buzzing as the ball left his fingers.

Phoenix coach, Stevie Duff, called a time out to diagram a final play for the team. However, it was the Viking′s turn to for stalwart defence and their zone was impenetrable to the attack of the Phoenix and the Vikings won by the narrowest of margins, 45-46.

Phoenix coach, Stevie Duff commented, ″It was a tough way to lose our final match of the season but playing in games like this is what basketball is all about. The players will learn from this experience and will use it to become better in the future.″

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