Team Swindon Basketball Club warmed up for this weekend’s cup final with a big win against Slough Scorpions in Wessex League Division One.
The 92-51 win saw Team Swindon make it nine straight wins in the league as they extended their lead at the top of the table to four points.
Antonio Wilburn’s men now face the biggest game of the season so far when they take on Reading Rockets in the Karl Taylor Cup Final in Aldershot.
Division Three Reading Rockets are something of an unknown quantity for Team Swindon but will no doubt prove to be a stern test having won all of their matches so far this season.
Reflecting on Saturday’s big win against Slough, Wilburn was impressed with how his side clicked, especially bearing in mind it was their first fixture of the new year.
“It is always a great feeling winning at home,” said Wilburn. “With it being the first home game of the new year we were expecting a crowd but I have to say this was probably the busiest it has ever been, such an amazing atmosphere.
“We did our homework on Slough, we knew who their key players were and we knew they were going to come out aggressive.
“Our defense has been strong these past few games and offensively at the moment it just seems everyone is locked in.
“Ali “ Cheese “ Tilney started the game, hitting back-to-back three pointers which really got the offense going.
“It’s always good when he is on top of his game but once again this is nothing new. I have seen “Cheese” develop over the years and he has really grown into his own as a player, not only can he shoot the ball from the outside but his unselfishness and willingness to pass makes him a great facilitator as well.
“Matt Ford did another amazing job protecting the basket and there was great shooting from Matt North and Spencer Wells and with only having a short bench this game I feel Lee and Joel did an excellent job rotating in not missing a beat and pushing the lead further.”
Wilburn top scored for Swindon against Slough with 27 points while Matt North and Spencer Wells both scored 14 points. Ali Tilney and Matt Ford both scored 12 and 11 points respectively.
Looking ahead to Sunday’s Karl Taylor Cup Final against Reading Rockets, Wilburn believes his side have what it takes to bring home the silverware.
“We have been in training this week as we have had a lot to go over and prepare for Sundays Cup Final,” said Wilburn.
“With it being our first season as a new club and making it to a cup final it means a lot, but we know that’s only half the job.
“We are playing to win, and I believe the guys are up for the task. We are playing for something bigger this season and coming away with a victory will be more than just for the club.”