Mixed fortunes for Musketeers in home games

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Musketeers Cadet Men 34, Troon Tornados 60

TROON Tornadoes made the long three-hour trip up to Arbroath Sports Centre on Saturday to face the Musketeers.

This was the teams’ first meeting this season. Troon came into the game in fine form, having won all of their games so far. The Musketeer Cadets were still searching for their first victory, but this did not put them off attacking Troon from the start.

The homesters pressured and attacked the taller Troon side onto the backfoot, and led 8-4 after six minutes. Chris Thomson was leading the way, pressuring the ball well and Ewan Laing was reading the defence and reacting to whatever was thrown at him. However, due to a couple of ill-advised decisions and Troon using their height advantage the lead stood at 17-8 after one quarter to Troon.

In the second quarter it seemed like the Musketeers would never score. The shots where there, and the players played fantastically. The one thing that eluded them was getting the ball through the basket, while everything Troon shot seemed to be going in. Reserves Cameron Matheson and Miles McKay filled in well for the starters they replaced. It was a quarter where the musketeers played well, but wished for some luck. Troon build a lead which they took into the half at 30-14.

Starting the third quarter Troon used a half-court trap which caused the Musketeers some trouble. However, as the cadets have done every game this season they learned from their mistakes and pushed the ball down the floor, with Callum Ewan and Kailin Brannigan proving very effective on the offensive end.

The game moved at a quick pace, with both teams trading baskets. It provided a great opportunity to give some of the reserves and younger players valuable experience. Martin George and Michael Milne in particular made the most of this opportunity, the quarter rounding out 46-25 Troon.

Both teams were able to use their full benches in the last quarter, which proved very even. Both teams were quick and looked for the scoring opportunities. The work ethic was something that impressed all the spectators in the hall as both teams competed hard until the end.

The Cadets played well in parts of this game, and showed some of their best basketball of this young season. They did well to compete against a taller Troon side, and will be looking to expand the positive runs in the game to last the entire game. They have this opportunity tomorrow (Saturday) against Highland in the Scottish Cup, a 3.20 tip at Arbroath Sports Centre where spectators are welcome.

Scorers: Ewan Laing 10, Kailin Brannigan 7, Daniel Fraser, David Milne 4, Miles McKay 3, Callum Ewan, Michael Milne and Chris Thomson 2.

Musketeers Junior Men 96, Troon 63

THE JUNIOR Men’s side continued their National League campaign against Troon Tornadoes.

The side were without playmaker Nicky Sim for the game and the boys knew they would need a solid team performance to succeed.

A quick start by the Musketeers was exactly what was required and guard Cameron Harris provided this with eight first quarter points. Both sides utilised a full court press early in the game ensuring there was a high tempo to the game. This suited the Musketeers better as they won the first quarter 26 to 13.

The second quarter was Troon’s best of the game. Helped by lazy Musketeers’ defence, the Troon side could hardly miss a shot from the perimeter. Forward Kevin Myers was determined to carry the Muskies through this spell and was unstoppable with a massive 16 points in the quarter. A basket for basket end to the half saw the score at 50 to 33.

A great start to the third quarter effectively put the game out of reach for Troon. An off day shooting for guard Jeb Spink meant that he had to use his experience and effectively ran the Musketeer offense whilst coping with the pressure defence from Troon. The third quarter ended 74 to 48.

The fourth quarter provided the Muskies with an opportunity to run their bench and maximise the experience gained by all the players in the team. Matty Skyner and Duncan Patullo led the scoring in the quarter and Craig Knight provided tough interior defence to close out the game. The final score was 96 to 63 to the Musketeers who now have three consecutive wins in this National League campaign.

Tomorrow (Saturday) sees the boys begin their Scottish Cup campaign with a home tie to St Mirren with a 1.20 p.m. tip at Arbroath Sports Centre.

Scorers were: K Myers 29, J. Spink 17, C. Harris 14, D. Patullo/M. Myers 11, M. Skyner 8, C. Knight 4, R. Stewart and G. Thomson 1.