Light work in Bombers’ blitz

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Team Mandeville 34

Bury Bombers 51

TRAINING with a lighter ball was the key to success for league leaders Bury Bombers first team when coming up against a side made up of half of the Great Britain women’s wheelchair basketball squad.

The smaller ball is used in all women’s competitions in 2012 and Bombers started strongly against Team Mandeville, though their opponents scored first.

But their next basket was not until the seventh minute of the first quarter and by then Bombers’ forwards Aiden Hughes and Jack Perry and point Hugh Anderson had started scoring baskets; giving Bombers an 8-4 lead.

Anderson scored a further three baskets to make it 14-4 at the end of the first quarter.

Gary Peel, the GB Women’s Head Coach, seemed unable to produce a formula to penetrate a solid and well drilled Bombers defence. In the second quarter, though the women scored four baskets, the local team had more shooting opportunities, converting five of these to make it 24-12 at half-time.

The third quarter saw an amazing run of shots by Anderson, converting five out of five. Bombers’ captain Drew Stevenson and Perry also added to their score during this period.

Team Mandeville rejigged and came back, but at the end of this period Bombers had increased their lead to 17 points with the score standing at 41-24.

Amy Nettleton got some more experience from the bench for the Bombers’, who saw Drew find his scoring skills in the final session and Bombers ran out worthy winners, 51-34.

Man of the match: Hugh Anderson.