Match Report: Taunton Tigers Under Mens Team — 30 October 2011

Taunton Tigers vs Oxford Brookes University

The Tigers roared to their second convincing victory in the space of a week against league rivals Oxford Brookes University. Tigers started ferociously in the first quarter with Dan Howe playing great defence on the Oxford guards, not allowing them to settle into the game. Dan's defensive work was complimented on offense with some superb finishing by Tigers big man, Tad Gray who went to work in the paint.

Playing some great team basketball the Tigers jumped out to an early 24 – 8 lead. With Tigers rotating their players heavily the Brookes began to show some nice touches and went on a run scoring mid-range jump shots and taking advantage of some sloppy play by the Tigers. The half-finished with the Tigers in control on the scoreboard but the momentum shifting as they took their foot off the gas, presenting Oxford with the opportunity to get back into the game.

Following some harsh words from Coach Nolan at half time, the Tigers started the third brightly with Joe Randall coming off the bench to show his offensive ability, making tough shots from both beyond and inside the arc. He was supported by captain Adam Rickwood who displayed good composure and helped settle the team, ensuring Tigers remained on top.

With solid performances from Michael Sebire and junior Calum Pincombe the Tigers looked assured as the game went into the final stretch. There was enough time for new signing Ben Williams to hit two long range threes and Tigers MVP Tad Gray, to throw it down at one end followed by a monster block at the other to well and truly send Oxford home defeated.

Final Score: Taunton Tigers 72 – 48 Oxford Brookes University