Coaches focus on the positives.

PUBLISHED: 09:24 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 12:51 10 June 2010

BRIDGE Building Basketball Exmouth fell heavily to a very skilled and clinical Exeter University side in the club s first every friendly last Saturday at the University Sports Hall.

BRIDGE Building Basketball Exmouth fell heavily to a very skilled and clinical Exeter University side in the club's first every friendly last Saturday at the University Sports Hall.

While the scoreboard read 101-35 in favour of the students, that only tells part of the day's story.

The university fielded a team of mostly its first team's stars, the Exmouth team being made up of only four players over the age of 18 with the balance of under-16s.

The strength of the opposition and the inexperience of Exmouth made a close result a near impossibility, but head coach Mark Crncich feels his team showed courage and conviction and could take a lot of positives from the lop-sided game.

"During the warm-up when I saw the make-up of the team we would be facing I knew we were in for it if they decided go through all the gears in the game, which is what they did. All I asked of the players prior to tip-off was to go out and play hard, keep their chins up, keep competing and never mind the scoreboard," says Crncich.

At different times during the game the Exmouth squad rebounded well, played some good defence, made some really good long-range three point attempts and enjoyed a stellar shop blocking performance on the part of senior forwards Chris Dean and Graham Grove.

Senior guard Patrick MacWatters led all Exmouth scorers with 10 points, including two three-pointers from long range.

Under-16s Issac Mourier, Nick Litten and Sam Hopkins each chipped in four points.

While the senior players led from the front and had the most minutes, assistant coach Christopher Davy says he is particularly pleased and proud of the performance of the under-16 players on the day.

"It was kind of amusing to see some the younger guys in awe of the facility and the size of the opposing players at the start. But when they got on the floor they played with courage and conviction. In fact, it was pointed out to me that during one three-minute span in the third quarter we had a full complement of five under-16s on the floor and during that period they held the other team to scoring only six points while countering with a basket of their own. If they can sustain that type of effort over 40 minutes, I think we might surprise some teams in the future," he says.

Senior practices continue to be held on Friday nights from 7pm to 9pm and under-16s on Mondays (5.30 to 6.30pm) at the Sports Hall at Exmouth Community College.

Players are charged £4 per session for Friday's and £2 per session on Mondays, with the first session for any new player free.

For more information contact:

Christopher Davy, founder and coach, 07817 592 741(mobile)

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