Match Report: Taunton Tigers Mens Team — 17 January 2010

Taunton Tigers vs Reading Rockets

Tigers got off to a flying start against Trophy holders, Reading, on Sunday but ultimately went down to another agonizing loss.

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Remarkably, both teams had suffered heartbreaking one point losses the previous evening, but it was the Tigers who started strongly, and with Paul Yabsley hitting 14 points in the first period, a 16 – 2 run helped them lead 24 – 8 going into the first break.

That lead was stretched to 33 – 12 early in the second period before Rockets began to claw their way back into contention. The advantage was still a healthy 42 – 28 at the half, though, with Yabsley having scored half of Taunton's points.

In the third period the Reading fight back continued but a determined effort from Tigers saw them clinging to an 8 point lead going into the final quarter.

There was no stopping the Rockets, though, and they finally overhauled the visitors with just under 2 minutes to go. Taunton came back but couldn't find a way through Rockets' defence and two free-throws for Reading with 11 seconds to go secured their place in the semi-finals.

Final Score: Taunton Tigers 76 – 81 Reading Rockets