April 04, 2020

Team Swindon storm to 15th straight league success

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Team Swindon Basketball Club’s last home clash of the regular season on Saturday has been postponed although the runaway league leaders did enjoy another fantastic win last weekend.

A 112-49 success against Woodley Thunder last Saturday saw Team Swindon notched their 15th league win of the season in Wessex League Division One.

But their chance to add a 16th league win will have to wait after the coronavirus outbreak caused Saturday’s clash against Woking Blackhawk Thunder to be postponed.

A statement from Team Swindon on their Facebook page read: “Due to Basketball England’s guidelines, tomorrow’s match against Woking Blackhawk Thunder has been postponed.

“Basketball England has taken the decision to suspend all affiliated basketball activity for an initial two-week period because of the coronavirus outbreak.”

Reflecting on last weekend’s big win at Woodley though, head coach Antonio Wilburn described it as an enjoyable victory.

Wilburn said: “This was the third time we have seen Woodley Thunder this season, so we already knew what to expect from them.

“It was nice seeing everyone playing hard on both ends and playing for each other. You could see everyone was having fun.

Ollie Swann put on an amazing offense display. Not only was he being aggressive looking for his shot but also setting up his teammates and going for almost every rebound as well.

“James Vego always comes ready. He is just one of those players that if you take your eye off of him even for a second, he will make you pay.

“Joel Coady I think has figured it out. He never gets rushed or distracted from what he wants to do. His court vision alongside his outside shooting was amazing but just bringing that extra defensive mindset onto the court at the right times has helped up close out a lot of games.”

Wilburn himself was in sensational form once again, scoring 27 points of which included a hat-trick of three-pointers.

Ollie Swann and Ally Tilney added 12 points apiece while Joel Coady (11 points), Matt North (10 points), Matt Ford (10 points) and Sam Newman (10 points) were also in fine shooting form.

Completing the scoring for Swindon was James Vego (seven points), Mathis Racalou (five points), Spencer Wells (four points) and Lee Hobbis (four points).

The suspension of fixtures in the league is initially expected to last for two weeks.

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