Top Ten of 2006

December 31, 2006 on 5:54 pm | In General

Well we’re only hours away from the end of 2006, and in the spirit of the Christmas season it’s time for a list. It’s been a great year for Nailsea Basketball, but I thought I’d go to the trouble of trying to pick out my personal top ten moments of the past twelve months:

10. In their first ever game Nailsea’s answer to Allen Iverson, Jake Watkins, goes off for a game high 26 points against Gwent. Nailsea lost the game, succumbing to a full court defense it wasn’t expecting, but Jakes heroics meant we lost in style!

9. Following a long break from competitive play, Nailsea uses it’s midlands connections to secure a game with a Division 1 team from Leicester. The game was perhaps a little slim on highlights, but there was a rather good night out in Bristol afterwards, Nailsea proving they were a match for Division 1 when it comes to drinking.

8. Nailsea’s first league game! A hungry Nailsea side travelled to Filton and secured a win in its first game where the result actually mattered.

7. The father of Nailsea Basketball, Adam Beaumont, returns from injury to play his first game for the team in Nailsea’s only league loss to date. The result was bad, but seeing “A-Bomb? back on the court was (almost) ample compensation.

6. The 2006 Christmas party sees Nailsea Basketball descend on Pizza Express, Mark Close and Marcus Driver receive joint MVP honours for the evening, and a good time is had by all!

5. After a long drive and only just getting there on time, Nailsea’s player/coach Jason Boulton scorches the Wizards for 27 points including a tough driving layup, plus the foul.

4. In the same game, and receiving the biggest cheer of the night, living legend Mark Close notches his first points for Nailsea. Never one to disappoint in the style stakes “Closer? decides it’d be best to hit a floating layup over the outstretched arms of the Wizards’ toughest defender. Chants of MVP fell on deaf ears…

3. En route to a blowout of the Newport Knights, Nailsea’s John Moore provided the highlight reel play; getting out on the break for a two handed dunk.

2. Holding on for a hard fought win over UWE; a critical victory against Nailsea’s main rivals in the league.

1. What else could head up this list other than the legions of fans attending each of Nailsea’s home games? Nothing, which is why they’re here at number one. Family, friends and WAGs all come together to make the rich cacophony that accompanies every home game, striking fear into the heart of opposing teams and spurring the team onto victory!

So, that’s it then, the moments that have gone into making Nailsea’s first full year such an outstanding success. Don’t agree with me on the ten I’ve chosen? Get on the forum and set me straight! Here’s hoping that 2007 sees Nailsea continuing in the manner to which we are now accustomed, bring on the second half of the season!

Happy New Year!

Nailsea and UWE Phantoms Battle It Out For Number 1 Spot

December 24, 2006 on 11:04 am | In General

The latest league standings are in and show Nailsea holding on tightly to the number 1 spot in Division 3:

However, UWE Phantoms are hot on the heels of the Nailsea team, with a game in hand which would take them level in terms of wins and losses. However, with the previous win over UWE at home (Nailsea 64 - 62 UWE) secures Nailsea the top spot…for now. The return match is scheduled for 26/1/07 away and could be one of the most important games of the Division this season. Nailsea are a little behind in the way of points for vs points against, and so will need to pick up their game over the final stages of the season in order to hang on to their title. For those supporters out there, please come along to the remaining games (see fixtures section of this site) to help cheer on the team!

Nailsea Blows out Trowbridge, 75-44, maintains perfect home record

December 17, 2006 on 1:35 pm | In General

On Wednesday 13th December Nailsea played it’s first match of the season versus the Trowbridge Hawks; a combination of signature strong defense and several players clicking on offense made sure it was a game to remember.

The Nailsea team came out with all guns blazing, torching Trowbridge for twenty-seven points in a run-and-gun offensive style. Confident inside play from young forward Nick Oldfield made scoring against the smaller Hawks side look easy, missed shots were frequently gathered off the offensive glass and put back for second chance points. Captain and game MVP Jason Boulton continued his consistent play to lead the team with twenty points.

In the second quarter it was Boulton’s inside drives which would keep Nailsea in front. The Hawk’s offense, which had been limited to thirteen points in the first quarter, came out with more of a spark and hit some tough shots. The home team soon put the clamps back on, and led comfortably at the half.

For the second consecutive game Si Baker proved to be Nailsea’s best scoring option in the third quarter, after a relatively quiet first half the hot shooting guard scored the first six points of the half with a selection of mid-range jump shots from different spots on the floor. The Hawks continued to play hard throughout the quarter, but could not contain Nailsea’s fast paced offense.

Going into the fourth quarter the game was already out of reach for the away side, Nailsea’s focused defense holding the Hawks under fifty points and forcing turnovers which led to numerous fast break points. Forward Nick Oldfield finished with seventeen points and was one of three Nailsea players to score in double figures. The final score underlined what had been a dominating performance by Nailsea in all areas of the game, and provided a fitting end to a winning year for the team.

Nailsea now heads into the Christmas break riding a three game winning streak and sitting at the top of the league standings, with five regular season games remaining the team now has it’s sights set firmly on promotion to the second division.

Nailsea Win At Home Against Trowbridge Hawks, 75 - 44

December 13, 2006 on 11:23 pm | In General

Nailsea won convincingly against Trowbridge Hawks at a lively and noisy Nailsea School venue. The final score was 75 - 44. A strong defensive performance as ever from the Nailsea team, and an offense which the Hawks found very hard to contain. Jason Boulton led the way with 20 points, earning him the title of game MVP. This was backed by 17 points from Nick Oldfield and 14 from Simon Baker. Coach’s corner and full match report to follow.

Quick Glimpse Game Stats:
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Discuss this game on the Message Board. Updated Team and Player Stats to follow very soon!

Nailsea Cruises to Victory over Newport Knights

December 11, 2006 on 6:25 pm | In General

On Friday 8 December, Nailsea Basketball made the trip to the Cwmbran Stadium for their second meeting of the season with the Newport Knights.

Following Nailsea’s dominance in the home game, the visiting team came into the game feeling confident despite being without two of it’s top three scorers. Forward Jon Moore, recovering from injury, took on the role of coach; ensuring that Nailsea had fresh legs on the court throughout the game.

The first quarter saw Nailsea come out looking flat, a number of early turnovers limited offensive production. Luckily the away team were more effective on the defensive end, holding the home side under ten points in the quarter.

Challenged by the coach to score thirty points by the half, Nailsea upped the tempo of the game in the second quarter. Exploiting the younger Newport team with a number of inside drives, Nailsea guards Simon Baker and Jason Boulton racked up points with a combination of layups and free throws. Nailsea’s frontline of Paul Roy and Jonny Taylor dominated the offensive and defensive boards, Taylor scoring the majority of his points from hustle plays. With half time approaching Nailsea held a comfortable lead.

Nailsea’s usual third quarter struggles were banished for once, Simon Baker staying hot throughout and enabling the visitors to extend their lead further. Baker would finish with a team high eighteen points, with a balanced offensive display; layups, inside bank shots and mid range jumpers being worked into the mix. Match MVP Jason Boulton chipped in fifteen points and kept the Knights defense off balance with some crisp assists. Nailsea ran the break with ease, punishing the home side for not establishing defensive position. An active zone defense held Newport to fewer than ten points in the quarter, and a repeat performance of Nailsea’s home rout seemed inevitable.

Newport looked ready to hit the showers after the third quarter but received a lift by putting it’s reserves on the floor to finish the game. Playing with energy and passion, the home team played hard until the end of the game. Newport had no answer for the inside superiority of Nailsea, and with notable contributions from every player the game’s final score was 63-33.

Nailsea Win Away Against Newport Knights, 63 - 33

December 9, 2006 on 11:46 pm | In General

Nailsea win against Newport in their second meeting of the season, this time away in Cwmbran. A strong 10 man team from Nailsea played some hard and varied defense to hold the young Newport team to only 33 points. A tough and fast paced offense led the Nailsea side to score an impressive 63 points.

Quick glance game stats:

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Read the match analysis in
Coach’s Corner and discuss the match on the Message Board. Updated player season stats and points per game now also available in the Fixtures and Results section.

I’m back, and I missed you….

December 5, 2006 on 5:10 pm | In General

It’s been more than a week since I last wrote anything here, but I’m just about recovered from my long weekend in Amsterdam now, so here goes part two of the Nailsea Basketblog.

First off, congratulations to the Orlando Magic, who are now 4-1 on their longest road trip of the season, and still hold the best record in the Eastern Conference. Dwight and Jameer are the future! To anyone who doesn’t pay attention to the NBA, please take a look at www.nba.com. It may not be the most fundamentally sound basketball (hark at me being the critic!) but it is very entertaining, and the pure athleticism of some of the players is incredible. In case you couldn’t tell, i’m quite a fan…

Nailsea news: Paul Roy is the bionic man! One week in a cast is all it takes for our resident superhero to return from a broken wrist. It was also great to see big Jon back in the hallowed Nailsea School building, even though he had to stay off the court. It warms my cynical heart to see such displays of commitment (or maybe it’s just boredom?). I know I’d still come to the practises if I was broken, as long as I could get there. I need a basketball fix on a regular basis!

Which brings me back round nicely to my recent excursion to rain soaked Holland. A sad side effect of the trip was the realisation of how much I use the internet to keep in touch with the various basketball goings-on. I was only away for four days, and yet I managed to feel totally out of the loop as far as what was going on. Of course it’s not as if our Dutch brothers and sisters don’t have the internet, it’s just that I’m too tight to spend any money on it these days! Still, I was glad to get back and check in on the Nailsea site, it’s like my online home.

Go Nailsea! :-)

Lewis

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