Worle remain on top

PUBLISHED: 11:20 03 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:05 24 May 2010

THIS was a game Worle expected to win without difficulty, and that is exactly what it became. Worle are pushing for promotion and UWE Phantoms are

Worle 86 Phantoms 56THIS was a game Worle expected to win without difficulty, and that is exactly what it became. Worle are pushing for promotion and UWE Phantoms are bottom of Division 2.Although Roman Hyprinyak, in for unavailable Mark Hartley, scored early on and Russ Hayward hit a three-pointer, Worle could do little else. With Richard Green also unavailable, the offence lacked direction while the defence was static and picked up fouls, so much so that each player was on fouls in four minutes.Phantoms failed to make as much of the free throws as they could, but they crept ahead and coach Brian Skidmore's time-out failed to reverse the trend. Scores eventually came from Luke Davis, Dennis Smilevich and Hayward again, but Phantoms continued to pull away, to lead 21-12 at the first interval.For the second quarter, Worle's defence moved up through several gears and Phantoms found there was no way through and were restricted to one score before the eighth minute and by that time, Worle were establishing a solid lead.Hyprinyak did most of the damage, making four scores in a row, all with inside shots from moves or rebounds, and his rebounding at both ends was a feature. Then Davis picked up a rebound from a free throw attempt and scored, and Spencer Gilbert found the ring after some wild early shooting.Hayward sank a second three-pointer and Gilbert and Hyprinyak scored again, and with seconds to go, Hayward put up another shot that dropped through as the buzzer sounded, as Worle led 39-31.Early in the third quarter, Phantoms swapped scores as Gilbert, Smilevich and Mike O'Sullivan got points for Worle, but by this time, Hayward and Steve Walford gave the Worle offence some control and direction as they forged ahead with a 15-2 spell that finished the game off.Romans Ivanous layed up on the break and Gilbert sank his first-ever three-pointer. Another burst by Hyprinyak saw Worle move to 63-41 up.The fourth quarter was really a matter of playing out time. Worle's defence loosened its grip a little and Phantoms found a few gaps, but the points kept coming at the other end. Hyprinak started things off, Ivanous found his way through, but Gilbert could do no wrong with a run of scores.Hyprinak had an excellent game for 29 points and Gilbert made 27. Hayward (11) and Smilevich (9) were the other leading scorers.For a day or so, this win puts Worle back on top of Division 2, but the crunch comes in the next game, away to Filton College who have a game in hand and have lost one less.

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