August 09, 2020

Team Swindon blitz Bucks to maintain perfect record

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Team Swindon Basketball Club head coach Antonio Wilburn hailed his side’s work rate as they blitzed title rivals South Bucks Comets on Saturday.

With both teams going into the match with 100 per cent records, Wilburn called for a big performance from Swindon and he got just that as they came out on top 93-47.

Wilburn himself grabbed 31 points and was assisted ably by Spencer Wells and Ollie Swann, who both scored 14 points apiece.

Swindon’s head coach though praised his side’s focus as they produced their best performance of the season.

“We are feeling good,” said Wilburn. “As a coach you couldn’t ask anything more from the guys. You could see the focus on the their faces during warm ups, they knew how big of a match this was and we were prepared.

“From the start we set the tone and Spencer Wells told the squad we needed to run against this team as everyone knows that’s when we are at our best.”

Despite missing a few players for the match, Wilburn had special praise for Matt Ford and Joel Coady, adding: “With a few men down for this match we wanted to switch it up by adding Lee Hobbis in the starting lineup.

“Lee is another ball handler and stretches the offense with his ability to knock down the outside shot. I was also happy with Joel Coady’s performance being able to give us quality minutes at the guard spot and showing the opposition why you have to know where he is at all times on the court.

“Personally I think Matt Ford made the difference in the game. There are few big guys in this league that can change the game on the defensive end like he does. He was vocal, taking up space, rebounding, and had at least six blocks.”

Another player singled out for praise was Ollie Swann, who produced a performance that Wilburn claimed he has been threatening in training.

“I think a lot of people were surprised to see Ollie Swann have the performance he had,” added Wilburn. “But if you came down to one of our training sessions you would be able to tell right away how much passion and hard work Ollie puts into the game.

“Ollie brings so much energy to the game he is an athletic guard who gives you everything on both ends of the floor and it just shows how deep we are as a team and everyone contributes and is always ready.”

Swindon’s victory maintains the club’s 100 per cent record in both the Wessex League Division One and Karl Taylor Cup. They now lead second-placed South Buck Comets by three points and return to action in the new year when they travel to Woodley Thunder on January 7th.

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