Worle hand out a lesson

PUBLISHED: 08:07 04 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:17 24 May 2010

WORLE travelled to Bristol for this first round West of England Cup game and secured a standard victory against Division 3 opposition

Bristol University 44 Worle 72WORLE travelled to Bristol for this first round West of England Cup game and secured a standard victory against Division 3 opposition.Even though several key and high-scoring players were missing, Worle's superior skills and size advantage meant they were never in any danger of losing. But then, first round games are seeded so the right teams stay in the Cup and the right teams stay in the Plate.Worle's domination was clear from the start, taking an an 11-0 lead after four minutes. Marc Hartley opened with a baseline drive and Dennis Smilevich scored the rest. The University had no answer to his size and strength, and Andy Dockrell, Russ Hayward and Joe Aldus made sure he received plenty of ball. This was just as well as the outside shooting was below standard throughout the game.The defence was enough to keep the University well away and with Hartley and Smilevich pulling the rebounds and the others pressurising the approach work, the opposition did not look like scoring. As Mike O'Sullivan and Luke Davis came into the game, the defensive rebounding continued to generally be kept under control.Hartley scored again then Dockrell sank a three-pointer and after this, Hayward twice drove through to lay up. At 18-0, Worle were coasting, but as is often the case in such one-sided games, there was no urgency to maintain the defensive pressure. At last, the University found the ring and then continued to do so. Smilevich produced another run of scores, but by the first interval, the score had a slightly different look, though at 28-13, Worle were still well up. As the second period got under way, Worle's play lost intensity and in the first four minutes, O'Sullivan's two free throws were all Worle had to show. But their inside power had some effect and after Smilevich scored again, Davis put a two-handed tip away. Hartley made two from the line and Sullivan rose above the defence to score. Hayward at last sank a three and more scores from Dockrell and Davis saw Worle to 46-28 at half time.Worle's lead was actually cut during the third quarter. After a blank couple of minutes, Smilevich found the ring again and Hartley added two more scores but then, for a while, that was that. Meanwhile, the University steadily put some points on the board. After some more blank minutes, Smilevich scored again, however, and at 56-41, Worle were still in a strong position.Worle stepped up the pace in the final quarter with a 16-0 spell, though even this came relatively slowly. The points mainly came from inside and even the contributions by Dockrell and Aldus were from the keyside. The University did not score again until the last minute and at 72-44, Worle were well up at the final buzzer. It was certainly a regulation and expected victory, but Worle were not at their best.Smilevich top scored with 24 mainly first-half points. Hartley made 13, O'Sullivan and Dockrell nine each, Davis eight and Hayward seven.

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