Basketball: Pirates caught in Tropics storm ... Amazon conditionsa calmer

Contrasting fortunes for Bognor Pirates and Bognor Amazons feature in our latest local basketball round-up - and don’t miss details of upcoming home games at The Arena for both teams.

Worthing Tropics 87 Bognor Pirates 56

Bognor Pirates came out second best when they made the short journey to face the Tropics.

The hosts had some excellent three-point shooters who scored 27 points between them which Pirates found difficult to contain.

Commencing with a two-three zone defence, Bognor worked hard to keep Tropics out but found it difficult to penetrate the home side’s defence at the other end, trailing 21-14 after the first quarter.

A change to man defence in the second stopped Tropics from scoring three-pointers and with Rob Stapely scoring some quick outside shots this was to be Pirates’ best period, losing it only 19-17.

Pirates continued their man defence in the third but Tropics outscored the visitors again with three more three-pointers despite Matt Sharp finally finding form and scoring a three-pointer himself.

Entering the last period with the score 60-42 Worthing piled on the pressure scoring four more three-pointers but despite MVP Max Smith also hitting a three, the game was in the bag for Tropics.

PIRATES: R Stapely 20, M Smith 11, M Wakeling 6, M Sharpe 5, J Bennett 4, J Parker 4,R Knight 2, L Attfield 2, D Smith 2.

Pirates are hoping for better when they play their last Saturday-night home game of the season against Horsham Huskies this Saturday. Tip-off at The Arena Sports Centre is at 7pm so go on down and cheer on the guys.

There will be music, a DJ, a raffle and a half-time shootout to win a basketball. Entrance is just £3

adults, £2 students or £1 under-16s.

Bognor Amazons 70 University of Chichester 30

Just three weeks after their last meeting, Bognor Amazons hosted Chichester and made it two wins out of two against their local rivals.

The Uni cut a threatening shadow over the less-prepared-looking Amazons, but both teams started with intensity and drive.

A succession of foul calls made against Amazons sent the Uni to the shooting line three times in the first quarter, but they were unable to turn those free throws into points and they ended the quarter

trailing 18-9.

Amazons, encouraged by taking an early lead, fought fiercly throughout the second quarter. They

were determined to be more disciplined in their three-two defence, and committed only two team fouls

compared to Uni’s five.

Their intensity in defence was matched by their effort on offence, scoring 22 points in the second quarter to finish the half 40-21 up.

The third quarter brought no respite for Uni and it was six minutes and 12 points from Amazons before they managed to get a score. Amazons used both their driving power and outside shooters to increase the gap between the teams as the Uni struggled to penetrate Amazons’ zone defence.

The third quarter ended with Amazons 60-25 up.

The final quarter saw both teams tiring, leading to mistakes and easy shots being missed. However Amazons pushed their defence into Uni’s back court, creating steals and fast-break opportunities, managing to squeeze out ten unanswered points in the last five minutes to secure a great 70-30 win.

AMAZONS: Wilson 20, Stapely 14, Smith 8, Campbell 7 (MVP), Lowe 7, Thorne 4, Ritchie 4, Camburn 2,

Lawie 2, Phillips 2.

Amazons are at home again at 7pm on Tuesday, March 12 at The Arena, Bognor. Entry is free so come and show your support.