The game began well with our high work rate and incisive passes tearing Sidney’s lethargic man to man defence to pieces. Only some poor shooting prevented us from racking up a high score. Unfortunately, Sidney’s offence was far more competent than their defence with some penetrating ball carriers and accurate outside shooters keeping the scores fairly level for much of the first half. In fact, Sidney could have even pulled ahead at one point had newbie Robbins not coolly stepped up and slotted his two first ever free throws.
The second half saw a change of tactics from both teams. Guided by the observant Nelson and Langevin our defence tightened up, shutting off any easy close range shots (although annoyingly Sidney’s shooting guard appeared to have no trouble attempting threes.) Sidney meanwhile switched to a far more solid zone defence that initially proved hard to break down. The gap narrowed to a one point ball game. As the half wore on however, we became more and more fluid in offence with good off the ball movement and some sublime close quarter passing from the whole team. This period of play contrasted nicely with last week and attracted much admiration from the crowd: the stoically neutral Gruslys described it as ‘almost perfect’ for example. This pleasing level of basketball eventually allowed us to eek out a lead over the last ten minutes, securing a good win against a strong side.