Match Report: Taunton Tigers Mens Team — 21 November 2010

Taunton Tigers vs Plymouth Marjon

In their first game of the afternoon, Tigers squeezed the life out of Plymouth with an intense defensive display. The result would have been much closer if Marjon had been more efficient from the free-throw line.

Taunton started really brightly, with crisp passing allowing them to open up good inside looks at the basket. Nathan Webb, David Grenfell, and Rob MacIntyre converted their close range chances and Tigers streaked away to a 14 – 1 lead at the first break. Plymouth's only point had been a free-throw from the last play of the quarter.

The second quarter continued in the same vein. Kester Duncan, Spencer Gormley, Henry Mansfield, Jack Williams and Liam Vickery kept the score ticking over nicely, while Plymouth were given no easy chances at all. Marjons' first successful 2-point effort came inside the last 3 minutes of the half. Tigers led 30 – 4 and the only down-side to Tigers' play was that they were giving up too many fouls, and they were fortunate that their opponents missed 16 free throws before the half-time break.

In the second half Tigers kept up the pressure on ‘D’ but also played a bit more intelligently; arms were going straight up to block shots cleanly, rather than swiping down and giving away fouls. They also took their game total rebounds to a 31, which must have pleased Coach Nolan after some difficulties in this area in previous weeks.

On offense, though, things became a bit scrappy as Tigers moved away from their passing game, and 13 second half turnovers inevitably had an effect on their fluency.

Nevertheless, scores from Sam Jackson, Dom Maher, Adam Evans, Webb, Mansfield, MacIntyre and Grenfell, combined with just 8 further points from Plymouth, saw the game end in a convincing win to which the whole squad had contributed.

Final Score: Taunton Tigers 48 – 12 Plymouth Marjon

Leading Tigers Scorers: MacIntyre 8, Webb 6, Grenfell 6, Mansfield 6