Worle topple the Police in derby
PUBLISHED: 09:36 23 October 2006 | UPDATED: 10:04 24 May 2010
WORLE'S second game of the new campaign was against their nearest opposition, Avon and Somerset Police, who play at Portishead
Worle 68 Avon & Somerset Police 45WORLE'S second game of the new campaign was against their nearest opposition, Avon and Somerset Police, who play at Portishead. The Police have been in Division 1 one season longer than Worle but have always found Worle's defence hard to cope with and this game was no different.With a full bench, coach Brian Skidmore could send on his players to work hard for four or five minutes, knowing they could take a rest. To start with, points also came slowly for Worle. After several unsuccessful offences, Dennis Smilevich opened in the second minute, but there were no more points for four minutes. Then Joe Aldus hit a three-pointer, but that was it until the last two minutes of the quarter when Aldus sank a jump-shot. Russ Hayward was fed the ball from a defensive rebound and drove down to lay up and on the buzzer almost, Aldus sank his second three to give Worle a 13-7 lead at the first interval. The points came a little more easily in the second quarter. Hayward hit a three-pointer early on and Roman Hrypinyak scored from an offensive rebound. Spencer Gilbert scored from the keyside but the there was a blank period. The momentum was restored when Andy Dockrell drove inside and soon after he joined the three-pointer club. Roman Ivanous hit a shot from the keyside and Gilbert came in with two more scores in the final minute. With some powerful defensive rebounding by Marc Hartley and Smilevich, backed up by Mike O'Sullivan, Worle were well placed, 31-15, at half time.In the third quarter, the Police began to find their way just a little, but Worle kept ahead of the game and continued to stretch their lead. The first few minutes were fairly even as Hayward made his second three-pointer, Gilbert hit a jumpshot and Smilevich scored inside. But then Worle went away on a 12-0 spell that really took the game out of reach of the Police. Hrypinyak led the charge inside with support from Smilevich while Gilbert and Dockrell also contributed. The Police came back a little in the closing minutes, but with one period to go, Worle led 50-29.Some calls were possibly unlucky but one came from sheer optimism when Russ Hayward, five feet nine, tried to check the Police centre, six feet nine. He made up for it, however, with two more three-pointers and showed that basketball is not just a game for big men, even though size helps.Green hit a jumpshot and more points came from Gilbert, Dockrell and Hrypinyak as Worle ran out comfortable winners. Hayward (all five feet nine of him) top scored with 16 points. Gilbert (14) and Hrypinyak (10) also made double figures. Dockrell scored 9, Aldus 8 and Smilevich 7.