The Finals day at the Garrison on Sunday was well supported and resulted in the following victors.
Karl Taylor Cup
South Bucks Comets beat Woodley Warriors 68 – 59.
After establishing a 3 point advantage in the first quarter, South Bucks continued to press hard in the second to increase their advantage to 8 points at the midpoint break. Woodley fought strongly in the third quarter to just one point with three minutes of the quarter to go, before South Bucks responded and entered the final quarter with a 7 point advantage. Despite a strong showing by Woodley in the final quarter, South Bucks remained calm and played down the clock to secure victory by 9 points. The MVP was awarded to Glen Harding from South Bucks.
Karl Taylor Plate Basingstoke Bobcats beat Aztec Jaguars 66 – 61.
In an evenly fought game throughout, Basingstoke just edged out Aztecs in a game that could have gone either way. First quarter advantage went to Basingstoke by 5 points before Aztecs fought back in the second to reduce the arrears to 4 by half-time. Again it looked as though Basingstoke would take control of the game in the third quarter but Aztecs stuck to their task well against a taller opposition, and went into the final quarter with 8 points to make up. Despite a monumental effort, they were only able to reduce the arrears by three in the final quarter with Basingstoke using the clock well to secure victory by 5 points. With an outstanding display throughout the game, Gavin Frecklington from Basingstoke was deservedly declared the MVP.
Richard Bell Ladies Cup Final
Chiltern Fusion beat Woking Blackhawks 67 - 50.
In a game between the Division 1 and Division 2 Champions, the outstanding Ladies team of the year, Chiltern emerged as comfortable victors. The game was effectively won in the first quarter with Chiltern establishing 15 point advantage which was stretched to 19 points by the break. This was achieved through fast breaks and sharp shooting which despite all the efforts, Woking were unable to tame. Woking regrouped in the second half and were able to compete evenly with Chiltern who succeeded in retaining their lead to the end. For an outstanding display in defence and offence, the MVP was adjudged to be Chantelle Goncalves from Chiltern.
Richard Bell Plate
Camberley Goldhawks beat Woodley Buddies 71 – 55.
Despite the final scoreline, for three quarters of the game, it was difficult to identify which team would come out on top. Goldhawks edged the first quarter by a single point, and seemed to have established a winning lead at the break, helped immensely by an outstanding three pointer on the half time buzzer. However, Woodley put in a tremendous effort in the third quarter and reduced the lead back to just one point so there was everything to play for in the final period. Camberley came alive in the final quarter and re-established their superiority to eventually run out worthy winners. The MVP was awarded to Jade Blackburn of Camberley.
Thanks should be given to the referees and Table Officials, as well as the Wessex Committee for the success of the day.
Cup Competitions Officer
STEVE LALLAMENT AWARD
Dear Wessex members,
Every year we present the Lallament trophy to respect the memory of ex Wessex Referee Steve Lallament who tragically died at the height of his Refereeing career. The award is for the Wessex Referee that you (the members) feel has contributed most to officiating for Wessex Basketball this season, showing a good feel for the game, whilst setting a good example for his/her peers and is deserving of recognition.
IMPORTANT - I have noticed a pattern in recent years that some clubs usually vote for an official that has done the majority of their home games. Whilst this is understandable please try and think outside the box, think also of the officials that have officiated your away games and also those that epitomise the spirit of fairness and good communication as well as always trying to do their best. It maybe a new referee that you feel has worked really hard to improve. Remember, this award means a great deal to Wessex Officials, especially the recipient of the award, so please use your vote.
Please take a few minutes to consult your team members and email your nomination to the Wessex Secretary at
Nominations will be accepted from all members including Wessex officials and the committee so please respect Steve's memory and give your nomination by the end of May.
Tim Brown MBE
Chairman Wessex Area Basketball Association
Advanced Notice - The Wessex AGM will take place at Aldworth Science College, Basingstoke on Monday 20th July at 1945.
You are respectfully reminded that in accordance with the constitution, proposals must be submitted to the Secretary at this email address
by 30 April 15. An agenda and committee reports will be sent out in June.
WESSEX CUP NEWS
The first round of the Karl Taylor Cup has now been completed with victories being secured by Airgonauts, Yateley Silverbacks, Yateley Silverbacks 2, Lightwater Vipers, LT Utd and Hungerford Dogs. Unfortunately, due to playing numbers, Lightwater’s second team had to scratch from the competition resulting in Farnborough Phantoms also progressing to the second round. All of the unlucky losers in Round one will be in the draw for the Plate which will be made early in the New Year along with the draw for Home teams for the quarter finals.
A reminder to all Home clubs, they must send me a scanned copy of the score sheet to
. Also, there is no texting system available for the Cup games.
Finally, in the Richard Bell Cup, one early result from the first round resulted in a win for Aztec Storm over Camberley Goldhawks.
Regards and good luck in the next round.
Iain Taylor, Cup Competition Officer
OFFICIALS APPOINTMENT SYSTEM
The new Officials appointments system is now up and running and is available as a link on the side menu. As with all new systems we do expect a few teething problems but so far it is looking good and will be an asset to the league.
Clubs are encouraged to enter updated information on team secretaries. All contacts for teams in your leagues can be found in your own club administration area so please update your area as soon as possible so that the right contact details are available to other teams.
Officials are able to submit their availability and view all fixture allocated from within their own area.
RICHARD BELL CUP FINALS DAY The Richard Bell Wessex Cup Finals Day took place at the Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre on Sunday 18 May. VIP Guests Mrs Bell (Richard Bell's Mum) Sarah (Richard Bell's sister) and Toni Sanderson (Richard Bell's partner) all attended as Wessex Basketball celebrated Richard's life and contribution to Wessex Basketball. Commemorative programmes were produced by Ian Lester which incorporated a photographic tribute to Richard. Trophies for the Ladies Finals have all been re designated and engraved accordingly and were presented to the winners and runners up by Richards Mum, Sarah and Toni on what was an emotional day. All of the finals were played in a good spirit and we also said a fond farewell to Camberley Basketball Club who were making their last appearances as a club after being part of Wessex for 33 years. We are very grateful to all of the committee members that pulled together to make the finals day a success and who worked hard to try and make it run as smoothly as Richard used to do so well. Thanks also for the effort and professionalism shown by our Table Officials and Referees that did a great job on the day too. Many Congratulations to the winners and runners up for reaching the finals.
Karl Taylor Men's Cup Final; South Bucks 86 Slough Scorpions 61
MVP Kien Langlois South Bucks Comets Karl Taylor Men's Plate Final; Lightwater Vipers 36 Basingstoke Bobcats 47
MVP Doug Awad Basingstoke Bobcats Richard Bell Ladies Cup Final; Winchester Panthers 63 Camberley Golden Eagles 36 MVP Ros Wellington Winchester Panthers
Richard Bell Ladies Plate Final Aldworth Arrows 61 Camberley Finches 35
MVP Ellie Anderson
WESSEX PLAYOFF FINALS
The playoff finals took place at the AGSC on Sun 18th May the results were as follows:
Div 3 - Lightwater Vipers 26 Slough Scorpions 2 48
MVP - G Anastopoulo, Slough Scorpions
Div 2 Ladies - Chiltern Flames 67 Woodley Buddies 61
MVP - M Richard, Chiltern Flames
Div 2 - Yateley Silverbacks 52 Woodley Thunder 67
MVP - E Gakpo, Woodley Thunder
Div 1 Ladies-Camberley Golden Eagles 41 Aldworth Arrows 51
MVP Kelly North, Aldworth Arrows
Div 1 - Windsor Warriors 1 45 South Bucks Comets 70
MVP F Sisayan, South Bucks Comets
The Wessex Basketball Association has been given permission by the family of Richard Bell to publish this photographic tribute to commemorate his tragic passing on the 4 March 2014. This year's Cup Finals Day on the 18 May will be dedicated to Richard's memory and the Ladies Cup and Plate are being re-designated the Richard Bell Ladies Cup and Plate. Richard's Mother, sister and girlfriend will all be in attendance. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time and we share their sense of loss. Richard's funeral is taking place on the 28 March.
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