Defences rule in low-scoring game

PUBLISHED: 13:15 27 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:03 24 May 2010

Olympiad 49 Worle 58 WORLE has the meanest defence in Division 2 and Olympiad's comes second. Neither team is particularly high scoring either, so it was no great surprise that this was a low scoring game. Worle's offence, nevertheless, often make a good

Olympiad 49 Worle 58WORLE has the meanest defence in Division 2 and Olympiad's comes second. Neither team is particularly high scoring either, so it was no great surprise that this was a low scoring game.Worle's offence, nevertheless, often make a good start, but not on this occasion. The first quarter was particularly frustrating with more than the usual number of opportunities missed. It was the third minute before Spencer Gilbert hit Worle's first points and the sixth before Russ Hayward added any more. Olympiad had done little better, however, as under Richard Green's direction, the defence generally did its job, but Marc Hartley had picked up two fouls already and was replaced by Roman Hrypinyak who at last found space to score inside. Then in the last couple of minutes, Olympiad put a short run together and although Mike O'Sullivan put one away inside, Worle finished the first period 17-10 down.In the second quarter, Worle managed to open up a little. Early on, O'Sullivan rose above the Olympiad defence to score again but there was a dead spell after that. The defence excelled throughout the period, however, and Olympiad scarcely got a look in as Luke Davis was solid and eventually Worle got moving. Dennis Smilevich drove through and Hartley scored inside. Hayward hit a three-pointer and Hartley sank two free throws. Gilbert then made a jumpshot and Steve Walford finished the quarter with a shot from the keyside. At the half, Worle had their noses in front in a low scoring game, 25-23.In the third quarter, Worle began to open up a lead, though without ever firmly taking control. Hayward hit another three-pointer and Gilbert added a jumpshot. Smilevich made two scores inside and Worle were nine up at 37-28, with Roman Ivanous, who is from Latvia, not Lithuania, feeding the ball well. But in spite of a three point play by Hartley, Olympiad had the best of the last couple of minutes, and Worle's lead was cut back to six, 40-34, with one period to play. The game looked as though it would go completely wrong for Worle as the fourth quarter got under way. Worle's offence seemed to run into a brick wall with only Hrypinyak finding the ring as Olympiad closed and then went ahead. With Worle now one down, it was time for coach Brian Skidmore to call a time-out. If it did nothing else, the time-out stopped the Olympiad run and set Worle off again on a 10-0 run. Smilevich started things. Then Gilbert scored twice and Hayward hit two more three-pointers. That was enough to do it and Worle finally ran out winners.Hayward top-scored with 16 points and Gilbert made 14. Smilevich (9) and Hartley (8) were the other main contributors. Green was again Worle's MVP for his on-court generalship.

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