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The Kings show huge improvement after a narrow 8 point defeat 43-35 on Saturday, improving from last season's whitewash which saw them suffer a 60-21 defeat against Plymouth Storm.
In a hard fought and at times scrappy game which saw a Kings defense who were able to counteract the powerful Storm offence.
The game began strongly for the Kings who opened the scoring with Reece Baker winning tip and getting the first basket which started a small run for the Kings who then scored 6 points before Storm scored from the free throw line, The Kings continued to dominate the first quarter and lead at the break 10-7.
Storm fought back in the 2nd quarter determined to get the win after their long journey, as they put the pressure on in defense., Storm slowly ate away at the Kings lead, picking up important free throws from shooting fouls in the process. Storm took the advantage 19-14 at Half Time
The 3rd quarter score both teams score 12 points, with coach Grant Barker scoring his first basket of the season within a minute of being subbed on. Storm started the quarter with an 8 points run, before Captain Wayne Burton scored and broke their winning streak, this lead to a period of calm leading to Kings adding 8 points unanswered with Joe Humphreys, Ryan Jones, and Reece Barker finding the net There was just 5 points in it as the quarter ended with Kings on 26 and Storm on 31.
Sunday also saw an exhibition game against the Cardiff Met Archers, featuring the Kings division 4 and members of the Junior teams in action - many in their first game experience for the club, In a real end to end game which ended 46-40 to Archers.
Join the #KingsArmy this Saturday, when the Kings take on Plymouth Storm wheelchair basketball team at Kennet Leisure Centre in Thatcham, In our next Home Game of the 2016/17 Season
In our First Home Game of the New 2016/17 Season - Free Admission & Free Parking - Tip off at 12:20pm!
It's our final game of the season and we are traveling into Saint Petroc's Country! A trip into Devon to face Plymouth Storm wheelchair basketball club - It's a 2.20pm tip off at the Marjons Sports Centre in Plymouth. Free entry and Parking
Match report from British Wheelchair Basketball Divison 3 South and West - Kings Vs. Storm
Thames Valley Kings 21 - Plymouth Storm 60Storm where first to open the scoring, with Joe scoring on the next offence, Reece went to the line for 2 free throws but was not successful. Recce scored again bring the score almost level at the end of the quarter.
The team where working hard on full court defense keeping the recently demoted team from Division 2 in their first game of the season at Division 3 level with within 2 points. Kings 4 v Storm 6.
Both teams came back to the floor wanting the win, brad scored from the technical Foul awarded to Storm and Reece scored off the offense that followed. Joe found the back of the net to bring the score almost level again, Brad added a further 2 to the teams total before the team went to the bench for half time with the score Kings 11 v 19 Storm.
Wayne and Reece both where awarded fouls, whilst players from storm who were in the act of shooting at the time of the fouls, where able to add a further 2 points to their total from the 4 free throws given. Brad was fouled in the action of shooting but was not able to get the ball to drop from the line. Brad soon made up for this and scored a minute later. Kings where working hard on defense but could not stop Storm's number 25 on the fast break from scoing, joe and brad added further points to the teams total, but Storm where begging to pull away. At the end of the 3 quarter the scores where Storm 32 v 19 Kings.
Reece was the only player to find the basket and score despite the team putting up 10 shoots. A challenging match with much to learn from playing a team who last season had played at a higher level. The final score was Storm 60 v Kings 21.
Scorers: Joe 6, Reece10, Brad 5
Fouls: Joe 1, Wayne 1, Nick 1, Reece 4, Brad 2, Ant 1
This Saturday, Kings return to action again with their 2nd home game of the season, welcoming Plymouth Storm wheelchair basketball team to Kennet Leisure Centre - Tip off 12:20
Admission for the game is free
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