BASKETBALL TOUR - 13th April 2007
• Flights from Bristol to New York
• 4 nights in a New York hotel adjacent to Madison Square Garden
• NBA tickets to see New York Knicks vs New Jersey Nets
£595 per person
(includes tax, flights, hotel, NBA tickets… etc)
We need 10 people to make this happen. Si is organising the trip, and has posted a message about it on the forum for people to sign up.
…Opportunity of a lifetime fellas, go for it!
In one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the season so far, Nailsea Basketball travelled to Frenchay campus for the all-important rematch against UWE. With UWE hot on the heals of Nailsea in Division 3, either team could secure the top spot more convincingly with a win in this game. Nailsea came out victorious with some tough and gritty zone defense holding the UWE team to only 42 points. Inside power from Jon Moore and Nick Oldfield combined with outside shooting from coach, Jason Boulton to help carry the Nailsea team to the win. Nailsea now remain sat at the top of the division, with 2 wins over their closest competitor at this stage. Full game report, coaches corner and game stats to follow soon.
Quick Glimpse Game Stats:
Friday 26th January 2007: a date that will go down in Nailsea Basketball’s history. It’s make or break. Do or die. It’s the big game.
Every season in every league in every sport around the world there will be games like this Friday’s. It’s likely to be the defining moment of the season (assuming we don’t lose all our remaining games….) and possibly the difference between winning the league and being runner up.
There’s been some worrying about it from some people, and it’s likely that the nerves will be a bit more frayed than they would be before any other game. I think the important thing for us all to remember is that it is just another game, oh and we’ve already beaten them once! I am looking forward to it just like I do all our games, hopefully we’ll all come home with that nice glow inside us from winning.
Anyone been paying much attention to the NBA? I’ve got tireless enthusiasm for it, but apparently the folks on the other side of the water don’t pay any attention until after the all-star break. Well anyone who has been looking at it will have seen Miami (defending champions) looking pretty lost without the injured Shaquille O’Neal, Dallas looking like they WILL win it all this year and the Phoenix Suns playing their usual hundred mile an hour offense. The difference is that this year a lot more people seem to think they can run their way to the finals, there’s just one reason for this: Amare Stoudemire. He’s back, and he’s immense.
Finally, a big thanks to everyone who’s been turning up to the Sunday sessions at Scotch Horn, most people have been at least once or twice and it’s great to see such enthusiasm for the game. I know certain people who haven’t made it so far would like to be there, but we all have our other commitments! Now if I could only work out why I play so much better on Sunday than on Wednesday I’d be a happy man.
Nailsea Town Council has awarded Nailsea Basketball a grant of £1125 for the year 2007/8.
Nailsea Basketball was originally founded in October 2005 by Adam Beaumont to provide basketball training and skills development for young men aged 16+ in the local area. ex-Bath Romans player Jason Boulton delivered weekly basketball coaching sessions with attendances of up to 20 players/week in the first year.
2006 saw the team enter the West of England basketball league, starting their journey in Division 3. From the outset it was clear the team had talent, winning 5 games straight. This talent did not go unnoticed by the local community, home matches were played to the soundtrack of crowds of up to 50 people cheering, chanting and drumming.
Now in 2007 Nailsea Basketball sits proudly on top of the Division with a 90% victory record of 9 wins and 1 loss. The grant from Nailsea Town Council will go towards court hire costs for the 2007/8 season, and also to buy a hi-tech digital scoreboard to replace the currently used ageing flipcharts. This will enable the project to continue being affordable to local youth and provide the basic facilities needed for this growing sport.
Nailsea’s first game since the Christmas break took place Wednesday 10 January 2007; the league leader’s shaking off the festive rust to continue their winning streak against the visiting Devizes Wizards.
The Nailsea side were eager to get back into the swing of competitive play; boosted by the return of forward/center John Moore hopes were high for a solid game. A balanced offensive display saw three Nailsea players finish with double figures, Moore leading the way with nineteen.
The first quarter was a mixture of defensive pressure and an effective fast break offense to score easy baskets in transition, guard Jake Watkins scoring six points in less than a minute to open up Nailsea’s lead. Playing zone defense from the start of the first period, and with the added insights into the Wizard’s game from playing them already before Christmas, the home side frustrated the visitors. The quarter ended with Nailsea holding the early lead at 19-11.
With their offense stagnating, Nailsea relied on it’s defense to hold the lead for the majority of the second quarter. With five minutes gone the home team had scored only three points; the Wizards had been held scoreless and their frustration was beginning to show, wild passes and shots making the Nailsea defense look even better than it was. A time out by the Devizes team obviously had the desired effect, the team broke out of it’s scoring slump to come alive in the final minutes of the half, scoring ten points in under four minutes.
Devizes could not carry their momentum into the second half however, Nailsea locking them down on the defensive end and resuming it’s fast breaking offense to extend their lead throughout the quarter. Defensive efforts from guards Mark Walters, Mark Close, Jake Watkins and captain Jason Boulton resulted in multiple steals for the home side; backed up by solid interior defense from forwards John Moore and Paul Roy Nailsea limited the Wizards scoring to just four points in the quarter. After a subdued first half it was Moore who lead the Nailsea offense in the quarter, linking up with Boulton the six foot six forward dominated inside, scoring in double digits in the quarter.
With only the final quarter remaining and trailing 51-25 the game was Nailsea’s for the taking. Concentrating on their defensive effort the home side managed to improve on their third quarter effort, holding the Wizards to three points in the final period. Captain Jason Boulton received MVP for his all round play, racking up fourteen points to go with several assists and steals. Despite difficulties with their long range shooting Nailsea emerged victorious, the final score: 66-28.
Backed by a raucous Nailsea Basketball crowd (thanks WAGS and players), the team continued it’s momentum into 2007 with a convincing win against the visiting Wizards B team. A strong zone defense helped limit the visitors to only 7 points in the second half, on the way to a resounding 66 - 28 victory for Nailsea. The team continue to occupy the top spot in Division 3. Coach’s Corner report is now available. Full match report to follow soon.
Quick Glimpse Game Stats: