Mar 2 2012 by Mike WIlson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
TROON Tornadoes juniors’ 64-60 win over Tayside Musketeers was a long time in coming.
Since the start of the national league in September, the juniors have battled away but had not won a game. There were many games when they were very competitive for at least a half but in the end they always found themselves on the losing side.
After a particularly harsh loss last weekend, the juniors came good against a Tayside Musketeers team which have finished second in the league and were losing Scottish Cup finalists.
Tornadoes started well and by the end of the first quarter they led 19-13. In the second quarter, it seemed just like normal as the Muskies started to dominate and Tornadoes finished the half trailing 27-38.
A few words of wisdom from the coach brought dividends in a second half in which Tornadoes turned on the style, controlling both ends of the floor.
This was an all round team effort but Craig Moffat’s seven three point baskets singled him out.
Team: C Moffat (22 pts), G Hill (11), I Burns (10), C Miller (10), A Gebbie, M Gebbie , H Forsythe, G McMillan, C McIntyre, S Paterson, F Wright.
On Saturday, the juniors head to Perth Phoenix in the last game before the play-offs.
Troon Tornadoes senior men continued their winning ways when they beat Glasgow Rocks 73-37 despite fielding only seven players.
Right from the start, defensive pressure gave Rocks little time to execute offensively and their missed shots or turnovers led to fast break opportunities for Tornadoes.
Nine turnovers in the first quarter meant that at the end of the period Tornadoes led 14-11. In the second quarter, Tornadoes seemed to relax and started to make some shots.
Ifadade Thomas, the leading scorer this season, started to get going and by half time the lead had stretched to 33-23. In the second half, Tornadoes’ defensive pressure increased and Rocks could manage only 14 points. Tornadoes’ offense continued to be sparked from the defense and they racked up 40 points in the second half. Four players again managed to get into double digit scoring.
On Friday, Tornadoes take on Falkirk Fury in the last game at the Citadel before the play-offs start. Fury are a huge team and also the only side that Tornadoes had not got close to in a game this season. The smaller Tornadoes side will have to be in their top form to cause an upset.
Team: Chris Bombani, Ally Hornell (11 pts), Andy Pearson, Ifadade Thomas (20), Euan Campbell (capt, 12), John Petit (13), Scott Armstrong.
Tornadoes cadets also faced Tayside Musketeers and started off well taking care of the ball. A drop of intensity in the second quarter alongside a lack of rebounding allowed Muskies to take a 23-19 half time lead.
Tornadoes picked up their game, showing some good offensive moves and won the third quarter 17-10. In a nail biting finish, a few poor turnovers cost Tornadoes the game and the cadets finished their regular season losing disappointingly 50-52.
This was the sixth game this season where Tornadoes cadets have lost by five points or less. As most of their players will play again at this age they should be a different proposition next season.
Team: A Jack (12 pts), S Paterson, C McIntyre, E Lancaster, B Robb, F Wright, M McMillan, C Boyce, A Anderson, G Austin, J Mcilhinny.