Nailsea played host to Newport Knights on Wednesday 26th October.
Nailsea won 80 - 52 with six team members scoring double figures, top scorer was Nick Oldfield with 15 pts, MVP went to Jon Moore.
Nailsea wins at home; tops league.
Nailsea Basketball’s home success continued on 25 October 2006, playing in front of a large crowd the home team came away with a convincing win over Newport Knights.
The Nailsea side looked stronger from the start, using a combination of big inside play and outside shooting to build an early lead. The physically smaller Newport team had no answer to Nailsea forwards Nick Oldfield and Jon Moore, the big men dominating the paint on offense. On the defensive end, Nailsea locked down the away team, holding them to only 7 points in the quarter.
Going into the second quarter with a double digit lead, Nailsea continued to run the floor well, taking advantage of their deep bench to keep fresh legs on the court at all times. With the crowd cheering on the home side Nailsea’s lead increased throughout the quarter. Brian Gleeson scored baskets on consecutive possessions, extending the lead to seventeen at the half.
After an extended half time break due to a faulty basket Newport came out on fire, narrowing the gap to ten points within the first few minutes of the half, taking advantage of some loose defense to knock down open outside shots. Nailsea soon regained their composure, increasing their intensity on defense to stifle the away side and push the lead past twenty points at the close of the third quarter.
With time running out for the away side, Nailsea’s confidence was evident, Nick Oldfield led six players in double figures with seventeen points, fellow big men Jon Moore and Paul Roy finished with fourteen and twelve points respectively. The home team finished the game with a twenty-eight point lead, their biggest of the season.
Nailsea hopes to keep it’s momentum and maintain it’s place at the top of the league, find out about their upcoming games on www.nailseabasketball.co.uk
On Saturday 21st October Nailsea’s second away game of the season took place at Mangotsfield school and saw them matched up against fellow WEBBA league newcomers Speedwell.
After trading baskets and remaining on level terms for much of the first quarter, strong play from Paul Roy and captain Jason Boulton led an offensive surge. Speedwell had no answers for Nailsea’s tough defense and the away team finished the first quarter holding a 17-10 advantage.
The second quarter saw Nailsea continue to push the ball on the fast break, the shorthanded Speedwell team could not match the depth of Nailsea’s bench and the home team began to seem tired and frustrated. Forward Jon Taylor frequently came up with loose balls and offensive rebounds for easy second chance baskets. Combined with the outside shooting of Simon Baker, who finished with a team high fifteen points, Nailsea would end the half with a solid eleven point lead.
What should have been an easy start to the second half saw Nailsea giving up the ball on successive possessions, allowing Speedwell to score three fast break baskets, cutting the lead to five and providing the home team with the momentum to dominate the first five minutes of the half. Nailsea suffered it’s worst offensive output of the season, scoring only a single basket in the quarter on a driving reverse layup by guard Jake Watkins. A change in the defense following a Nailsea timeout would eventually slow down the resurgent Speedwell team, but not before the halftime lead was turned into a five point deficit.
Nailsea came out fighting in the final quarter, utilising a combination of stifling defense and a rejuvenated attack to level the score at 42-42 early in the fourth period. A strong zone defense led by game MVP Brian Gleeson saw Speedwell struggling offensively, turning the ball over and providing Nailsea with numerous opportunities to run the court and score, each member of the team working hard together to regain the lead. As the end of the game approached Speedwell were visibly deflated, and despite working hard to the final whistle it was Nailsea which came away with the win, 58-49.
Nailsea currently sit at the top of the league standings, and look to protect their perfect record Wednesday 25th October against the Gwent Knights. Home games take place at Nailsea School Sports Hall, supporters are welcome. Can Nailsea continue on undefeated in their first ever season?
A convincing win for Nailsea at home in front of a lively crowd at Nailsea School Sports Hall. Nailsea kept the lead throughout the 4 quarters. MVP went to Jason Boulton with 24 points, Jake Watkins came second in scoring with 11. Full write up to follow, discuss it on the messageboard
Nailsea is home to basketball success
On Wednesday 11th October Nailsea Basketball played host to Totterdown for their first meeting in the West of England Basketball League. Music was pumping out loud as fans arrived and players warmed up in Nailsea School Sports Hall ready for the game ahead.
Nailsea played in blue and came out with a starting five of Jason Boulton, Jon Moore, Nick Oldfield, Brian Gleeson and Jake Watkins. Two long range 3-pointers from Boulton and Oldfield opened up the game setting a tempo that would remain throughout. Totterdown responded by driving inside to draw fouls and get to the freethrow line for some easy baskets. But it was Nailsea’s Jon Moore who ended the first quarter in style with a devastating two handed slam dunk, igniting huge cheers from the crowd and pulling Nailsea to within one point of Totterdown, 14 - 15.
Nailsea Basketball will be playing host to Totterdown at Nailsea School Sports Hall on Wednesday 11th October 2006 at 8pm - 10pm. Fans can watch for free, loud cheering/drumming is encouraged!
The small Nailsea team featuring only 8 of a possible 12 men came out strong, winning the first quarter 18 - 8. Offensively a combination of explosive drives from captain Jason Boulton and big inside plays from the 6′6 Jon Moore were no match for the younger and physically smaller Filton team. On the other end of the court Nailsea played tough team defense led by basketball veteran Brian Gleeson holding Filton to only 4 baskets.
Second quarter and after a serious talk from the coach the young Filton team started to step up their game and make full use of their bench, keeping legs fresh and running hard. Nailsea continued to look good offensively and defensively and protected their lead going into the half 35 - 24 up.
The second half was a different ball game as fatigue started to take its toll on the smaller Nailsea squad, scoring only 6 points in the 3rd quarter. However this low offensive output was neutralised by their hard work on defense, keeping Filton to 6 points also.
Nailsea led 41 - 30 starting the final quarter and it was do or die time for the home team Filton. They ran hard trying to capitalise on their numbers advantage. Despite a strong push with great support from the fans, Nailsea did enough working the clock and looking after the ball to close out the game winning 51 - 49.
Most Valuable Player went to Jon Moore with 16 points. Paul Roy came second in scoring with 14 points, followed by Jason Boulton with 12.
Nailsea have their first home game of the season on Wednesday 11th October at Nailsea School Sports Hall, where they will host Totterdown. Fans are welcome to come and cheer for their home stars, doors open at 8pm. For more information see the Nailsea Basketball website at www.nailseabasketball.co.uk.