Worle brought down to earth

PUBLISHED: 09:58 16 October 2006 | UPDATED: 10:02 24 May 2010

AFTER their second promotion in two seasons, Worle began the new campaign with just about the toughest game possible. KBI has been one of the strongest clubs in the area for just about 40 years

KBI Bath 87 Worle 53AFTER their second promotion in two seasons, Worle began the new campaign with just about the toughest game possible.KBI has been one of the strongest clubs in the area for just about 40 years and regularly finishes in the top two or three in the league. So, though Worle has usually been successful against their second team, KBI's first team was an altogether different proposition.From the start, Worle found the pace and accuracy of their opponents something to which they were simply not accustomed. KBI moved the ball around in a way that Worle simply could not cover, while the anticipation shown by the KBI defence was in an altogether different class. KBI quickly moved into an 8-0 lead before Dennis Smilevich sank two free throws to put Worle on the scoreboard. The first field scores came from Roman Hrypinyak whose natural spring enabled him to score twice inside. At that point Worle were 12-6 down and KBI had been slowed down a little, as Richard Green and Joe Aldus began to take a little more control outside. Luke Davis also came in and put in some solid defensive work, but although KBI had been slowed down, Worle 's scoreline did not change at all and coach Brian Skidmore's time out led to no improvement. After the first quarter, Worle were still on six, while KBI had moved on to 22.In the second quarter, Worle began to adjust and find their feet, while KBI, to an extent, eased the pressure. So the points just began to flow at last. Smilevich scored inside and Russ Hayward put in a lay-up after the ball had been pushed on to him. More points came from Smilevich and Hrypinyak inside, but outside shooting was non existent until Andy Dockrell sank a jump shot from just inside the three-point line. Through the quarter, the defence had been more effective, though KBI continued to score at intervals and at half time the board looked a little more respectable with Worle trailing 36-21.The third quarter began well, though Worle only managed a couple of points, but then KBI went away again on 10-0 spell. A three-point play by Aldus set Worle moving again, and there was some sort of revival. Roman Ivanous put in some good feeds and Spencer Gilbert adjusted to the best range from which to shoot, not too close to the big and sharp KBI defenders. Three scores in a couple of minutes by Gilbert and two from the line by Dockrell and Worle finished a respectable quarter at 54-35.The final period was more free-flowing as the result was clearly not in doubt. The Worle team set out to enjoy and learn from the experience and KBI racked up the points. For Worle, Hrypinyak scored twice inside early on and Hayward made another drive. After another KBI burst, Gilbert put some more shots away and Smilevich hit some foul shots. Aldus hit Worle's only three-pointer. Worle finished on the wrong end of an 87-53 scoreline but, nevertheless, came away in a positive frame of mind. The lessons of this game should serve them well in the rest of this season's league campaign. Hrypinyak top-scored with 14 points. Smilevich made 13 and Gilbert 11.

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