Exmouth Jesters set for in-house derby meeting

14:55 30 October 2012

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Exmouth Jesters basketball teams go head to head this Thursday night (November 1).

Both the 1st and 2nd team shave made reasonable starts to their respective campaigns

Since meeting each other on the opening day of the season when the senior side landed victory, both teams have had similar fortunes with two wins and two defeats for their first four league outings.

Jesters 2nds are likely to be without guard Chris Davy who sustained an ankle sprain in the team’s 56-40 win against Weymouth on October 25.

The 2nd team are also missing star player Sam Hopkins who sustained a broken hand in the same game. Both Hopkins and Davy hope to return to the floor very soon. The 1st team should be at near full strength.

The Jesters 2nds travelled to Devon Peelers where they went down 74-51 and there was also defeat for the senior side, beaten 75-43 by Torbay Tigers.

Next up for the 1st team was a home meeting with Devon Peelers. They led for much of the contest, but allowed the Peelers back into the contest and Chris Shakya scored a three-point shot with seconds to go that secured the Peelers’ a 59-56 triumph.

Jesters 1sts then faced the University 2nd team in the Cup on October 26. There is no doubt that Jesters’ games are certainly entertaining! The teams were tied at the half and also at the end of the third quarter. With seconds left in the game and the Jesters down by two points Alex Wingfield collected a Matt Cuthbert last gasp air-ball attempt and released his own shot before the final buzzer. The shot was successful and the game finished 57-57 in regular time meaning that an extra period of five minutes overtime to be played. Unfortunately for Jesters the University side executed better in the extra period and bagged a 70-62 victory.

Jester chairman Gavin Dawkins said: “I am still happy with the progress that we are making. New players that have never played for us before are still coming to us wanting to be involved and we are clearly showing a desire to continue learning. However, it is important for us to set some targets to achieve throughout the rest of the season. Now that we have got a picture of who we are facing we have to set some realistic expectations of what we can hope to achieve. It would be a great success for the club if we had both teams make the play-offs this year. I believe that we can achieve this with the players we have here.”

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