Worle reach the final for the second time
PUBLISHED: 12:50 17 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:10 24 May 2010
A MONTH ago, Worle travelled to Swindon and an under-par performance led to a defeat in the league. This game was a West of England Plate semi-final, played on a neutral court, and Worle dominated the central period of play
Swindon Cavaliers 51 Worle 78A MONTH ago, Worle travelled to Swindon and an under-par performance led to a defeat in the league.This game was a West of England Plate semi-final, played on a neutral court, and Worle dominated the central period of play to win comfortably and progress to the final for the second time in two seasons. The first quarter was even as both teams took stock of their opponents. Richard Green fed the ball in to Marc Hartley for Worle's opening score and Cavaliers replied. Russ Hayward sank a three-pointer, but again Cavaliers replied with two free throws. Shots from the line almost became Cavaliers' only way of scoring as the Worle defence worked hard, but was perhaps a little slow. Whatever the reason, 10 first quarter fouls were called with Luke Davis unlucky to pick up three and Cavaliers spent a lot of time on the line, and 10 of their first quarter points came this way. Coach Brian Skidmore was forced to call a steadying time-out because of this problem.But Worle also scored steadily. Hartley took the baseline and Spencer Gilbert came in to open his account with a jumpshot inside the key. Roman Hyprinyak came in when Davis picked up his third foul and made an immediate impact in offence, scoring twice and pulling fouls from the Cavaliers defence. Two free throws by Dennis Smilevich enabled Worle to finish the first period level at 16 each.Worle began to take control in the second quarter, boosted by an 8-2 spell. Smilevich, Hrypinyak and Gilbert got the points as the defence also got into gear and slowed Cavaliers down at a much lower foul cost. Cavaliers got moving half way through the period, but Worle held their lead as Gilbert, Davis and Hayward scored. Mike O'Sullivan also put one in inside as well as posing an ever present rebounding threat and Hayward's second three-pointer saw Worle ahead by eight, 35-27, at half time.Worle effectively finished the job off in the third quarter with an outstanding performance as Cavaliers began to fade. Green and Roman Ivanous controlled the outside game as two scores by Gilbert were followed by two more threes by Hayward. Then Hrypinyak and O'Sullivan scored inside and Hayward drove through to lay-up. Worle's defence was tight and aggressive and Cavaliers scored only one from the field in the quarter, and that did not come until the ninth minute. Meanwhile, Hrypinyak dominated inside and Steve Walford added an outside score and one from the line. At the final interval, Worle were 61-34 up and the job was as good as done.Both teams seemed to recognise this as the fourth quarter got under way. The Worle defence relaxed and did just enough to make sure that Cavaliers could not come back and in offence, Worle continued to score regularly. Points from O'Sullivan and Walford started things off and Smilevich powered through inside. Then Gilbert enjoyed a run and Hartley scored inside. Cavaliers also scored regularly but were unable to close the gap and Hrypinyak's closing score meant that honours were even in the final period leaving Worle clear winners. Gilbert (18), Hayward (17) and Hrypinyak (16) got most of the points, but everybody made a contribution to an impressive victory.