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Plymouth Raiders...63 Worcester Wolves...93: BBL report

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: February 09, 2014



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PLYMOUTH University Raiders felt the full force of BBL leaders Worcester Wolves at the Pavilions in the league on Saturday night.

Coach Jay Marriott’s team lived with Wolves, who extended their winning streak to 10 games, for 20 minutes before being destroyed in a furious but hugely lopsided third quarter.

Raiders led 41-39 at half-time before being outscored 31-4 to trail by 25 points, 70-45 late in the third.

Wolves guard Zaire Taylor caught fire with 11 of the points in the streak, including back-to-back threes which pushed the gap to 15, 59-44 with 3:20 remaining in the frame.

Wolves boss Paul James punched the air after Taylor’s second three swished in and knew its significance. The tide had turned emphatically for good.

Wolves led by as many as 34, 91-57 late in the fourth in an anti-climactic second half for a near full house at the Pavilions.

Raiders had trailed by nine points, 34-25 in the middle of the second quarter before unsettling Wolves with a 14-0 rally which grabbed a 39-34 lead.

But Wolves led for good on 2/2 free-throws from big-man and former Raider Andreas Schreiber, which made it 43-41 early in the third.

Raiders go 10-10 in the BBL as a result while Wolves climb to 17-3 at the summit.

Marriott said afterwards: “Worcester just made a conscious effort to run at us on offence in the third.

“It was tough, because they didn’t break down our zone defensively in the first half, but we weren’t getting the best looks offensively in the third and Worcester were just ramming the ball back down our throats.

“We just turned into our worst enemy then and kept trying to speed up the game, but at this level you have to control the tempo and get back to what you were doing best.”

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  • james18751  |  February 11 2014, 7:55AM

    marthagrace - couldn't agree more. It would be a dream to have people who care about the club back especially Gary.

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  • raidersfan1  |  February 11 2014, 7:26AM


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  • dawgfan  |  February 10 2014, 8:30PM

    Who are you referring to a "the poison dwarf?"

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  • sorayaigaskin  |  February 10 2014, 5:33PM

    my buddy's step-aunt makes *82/hr on the computer. She has been out of work for 10 months but last month her paycheck was *18010 just working on the computer for a few hours. read this…………http://tinyurl.com/lccd2g8

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  • raidersfan1  |  February 10 2014, 5:05PM

    My biggest fear is our beloved club will have a reputation for treating players badly, who will want to come to us while Marriott and the poison dwarf are in charge? quality players deserve respect not shouted at from the sideline by someone with a look of disdain like he is chastising a 5 year old for not doing as he is told! getting rid of Setty and Walker was a big mistake but what do i know! I just don't want our club to go down the pan because at the moment we are the laughing stock of the BBL!

    Rate   6
  • Gazzerama  |  February 10 2014, 2:14PM

    What a mess, and yes DaveF1 Sheffield are struggling, we may just struggle past them into the next round, but don't get too excited, we don't have the firepower to trouble any of the top five now.

    Rate   7
  • marthagrace  |  February 10 2014, 1:56PM

    *our players

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  • marthagrace  |  February 10 2014, 1:55PM

    Remember the old days, when the suits handled the cash and Gary Stronach handled the sport? When players were secure in their contracts instead of feeling like the chopper was over their heads? When blatant lies weren't published weekly about them? When players wanted to return season after season? Time for people who actually care about the club and nurturing out players to find some funding and sort this mess out at the source.

    Rate   10
  • DaveF1  |  February 10 2014, 1:37PM

    I have to agree Mr.Gazzerama. He keeps blaming others and acting like he is this good coach, does he forget that the team has been really good the last few years and he and Bob Widdecome have killed the club not only on the court but also its reputation off the court. Plymouth has been known for a while as a solid BBL club but now Im afraid the club is a joke. Now ,we know Marriot is clueless but why oh why would Widdecombe put this guy who has no experience of playing or coaching in charge of a quality club? Also can anyone answer my earlier question of who at the club has experience in basketball? I hear Sheffield have big time injury problems so lets hope they can salvage something from this season.

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  • Gazzerama  |  February 10 2014, 10:20AM

    Marriott has to go… he's totally clueless, he needs to go back to running the kids academy. I've been watching Raiders since back in the old Mayflower days and I have to say this was the worst capitulation I've seen in 10 years. I fully expected Raiders to lose this game by 10 to 15 points because Worcester are a great team and top of the league, but not by 30 points. I felt embarrassed as the near sell-out crowd shuffled off at the end in silence. Marriot says ''they weren't breaking down our zone in the first half''...tosh, we were out played for 3 of the 4 quarters, and there were maybe 5 minutes at the end of the second quarter when they weren't getting through the zone, but they soon worked it out after the break, and as soon as raiders were 10 down they gave it up without a whimper. I only played P&D league standard for many years (against many ex raiders and Marriot), but even I can see that a zone defence against that sort of opposition is naive. Marriott has made some shockingly bad decisions this season and basically signed division 1, untested rookies and a couple of average players released from other teams. You can't possibly hope to compete with the top four teams with that sort of squad. Also, not sure whats happened to Robinson, he seems to have gone AWOL. Here's three names who can compete in the BBL… Setty, Walker and Schreiber! Forget this season and get rid of Marriott and that other little lad they have coaching and get some real experience in there.

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