Basketball: Vipers secure their first win
Spen Valley Vipers Basketball team were rewarded for a determined effort last Sunday as they beat Leeds Demands Seconds in the Knockout Cup.
It was the Vipers’ first win of the season and they showed why they are in the league above thier opponents.
Danny Eyre returned after injury and put in a great performance, scoring 16 points to be named man-of-the-match.
The Vipers were slow out of the blocks and trailed at the end of the first quarter but they finally hit the front with some good passing.
It was a good team performance but the stand-out players were Luke Kennedy, with good offensive and defensive work and Sam Johnson who scored 11 points. Toby Hill registered his first points of the season.
The Vipers’ Seconds faced a new challenge last Friday with a Leeds League game at Armley Nix – a team made up of prison guards and prisoners.
The hosts had some good players and proved too good for the Vipers, winning 35-27.
By the end of the third period the Vipers had only scored 15 points but Jordan Kirby scored his first points of the season, despite taking some big knocks from the guards.
MoM was Mitch Shires for his performance in defence, he also went close with several shots.
Top scorers were Greg Dolan (seven points), Reece Hill (six) and Luke Kennedy (six).
The Seconds earlier faced Rawthorpe Cobras in the Handicap Cup.
It was a tough battle against a good Premier Division side in the first round but even with double points the Vipers could not overcome their experienced opponents.
At the end of the first period the Vipers were down by just one basket while in the second quarter they looked much stronger with Reece Hill to the fore as they went up by four points at half-time.
Rawthorpe came out strongly and used their experience to take charge. The Vipers only scored two points in reply and faced an 18-point deficit in the final period.
MoM and captain Richard Dolan rallied the players and with good passing but Rawthorpe held on for victory.
Top scorers were Reece Hill (26) and Matthew Hobson (28).