By: Flynn Bush
With their first week’s game called off due to unfit condition of the court, the Sol Blazers were raring to go in this past weekend’s clash with the Shockwaves basketball team. The Shockwaves are a younger team than the Blazers as they consist mainly of National Under-19 players with a few veterans mixed in. Although the Blazers also have U-19 players on their squad, there is more depth of experience on that squad who begin this season as defending League Champions from last year. With the contrast of squads, this game was projected to be an interesting one.
From the starting tipoff and all through the first half, the tension remained high as both teams showed their talent and demonstrated their preparation. As time went by, the wealth of experience on the Sol team put them in a comfortable position ahead of the Shockwaves on the scoreboard. From that point on, it was a matter of fighting back the attacks of their opponents and countering with attacks of their own.
Basically, it came down to the execution of skills, and the implementation of game plans. Neither team appeared to polished, although that is to be expected at this point in the season. However, the experience on the Blazers seemed to allow their players to be a little calmer in the face of mishaps or mistakes. When all was said and done, the final whistle came with the score: Sol Blazers 76, Shockwaves 61. The Blazers leading scorers were Tarik Smith-James with 32, Justin Golob with 17, Shaad O’Garro with 9, and Henry Artnell Moses with 8.
Blazer coach, Shaun Pitterson, remarked that he was quite happy with his team’s play in this, their first game back. “Our team played well today,” he said. “Shockwaves are a young team but a tough opponent, so I am happy with the result.” The action continues in the league with games taking place each weekend.