Gladiators vs Harriers

GLADIATORS BASKETBALL TEAM OVERCOME A SLOW START TO MOVE TO 5-0. - Posted on October 30th, 2013

The Colchester Gladiators Basketball improved their record to 5-0 after a dominating second half performance that put newly promoted Harriers firmly in their place.

The Gladiators trailed early, struggling to find their rhythm but top scorer Dan Vilkys accounted for eight of his team’s 13 first points to keep them in touch at the end of the first period.

Vilkys also hit a three pointer to open the second and a 9-0 run put the Gladiators in front. Rhett Burton and Richard Ese gave Vilkys scoring support but the Harriers hit two threes to level the scores going in to half time.

The injured Stuart Stearns stepped in as coach in the absence of Lawrence Walker and made a strategic adjustment during the interval and this proved to be key to the Gladiators winning the game. Harriers sneaked ahead 31-29 but a 10-0 run put the Gladiators ahead for good and excellent defence along with accurate shooting enabled the Gladiators to totally dominate the third period with Vilkys accumulating 14 points in the quarter, and when Burton sunk another three to start a 12-0 run the game was out of reach.

The Gladiators weren’t going to let a healthy lead slip and with the Gladiators continuing to play exceptional defence, the Harriers were successful with only four shots in the whole quarter. Andis Leitis led the team in scoring in the final period ably supported by Ese and Zidrunas Valancius and they ran out comfortable winners to top the table at 5-0.

The Gladiators’ next game is home to Leiston Lynx at Colchester Academy Sports Centre on Wednesday 13th November, tip off at 8.15pm.

Gladiators Ladies team continue to train at Colchester Academy Sports Centre on Wednesdays from 8pm and are still looking for new players. Contact the sports centre or the Gladiators direct for more information.

 

Suffolk Senior League Division Two

P

W

L

PF

PA

Diff

 %

Colchester Gladiators

5

5

0

390

288

+102

1.000

Deben Jutes

4

3

1

247

217

+ 30

0.750

Bury Bulldogs

2

1

1

116

139

 – 26

0.500

Anglia Nomads

5

2

3

344

334

+ 10

0.400

Forest Heath Harriers

3

1

2

169

205

 – 36

0.333

Leiston Lynx 1

4

1

3

235

214

+ 21

0.250

Colchester Cobras

3

0

3

142

246

– 104

0.000

Full details can be found through the Gladiators’ website at www.colchestergladiators.com or email basketball@colchestergladiators.org.uk.

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