Only 1 game out of 2 were played this weekend with a tough Friday night for Force losing 53-109 to
the Surrey Scorchers.
The first quarter of the game started with Force and Surrey both having difficulty from
distance, both sides only making two 3’s the entire quarter. It was on the interior that Surrey made
Force pay with 14 points coming from inside the 3-point line. Force’s finishing could not match the
visitors as they ended the quarter 8 points in the lead.
Moving into the next quarter Surrey focused on the inside, only shooting 5 shots from range making 3,
in fact the Scorchers only missed 7 attempts all quarter. Forces offense could not match the
Scorchers and stayed at pretty much the same level as the first quarter scoring 14 points while the
Scorchers again attacked the interior of the Force defence ending the half up by 19 on 48 points.
The visitors exploded in the third quarter with Tony Hicks going for 14 points in the penultimate
quarter while Joran Williams had 9 points in the quarter. As a team Surrey only missed 5 shots all
quarter and were 3 of 5 from beyond the arc while Force were 1 of 6 from the outside and were
giving the visitors free possessions in turnovers, this meant Force could not retaliate scoring 18 in
Force’s offense collapsed in the final quarter only amounting to 8 points and
shooting 0% of 3’s and ending the quarter with only 4 makes in total. As they had done all night
turnovers lead to the away side getting more and more opportunities as they ended the game on
Jordan Williams and Tony Hicks were heavy hitters for Surrey with both scoring 19 points while Glen
Robinson put up a game high 20 points. 44 of the Scorchers points came off of turnovers and 23 of
those were fastbreak’s, Force gave the ball away regularly and only Jamelle Davis was exempt from
having turned the ball over.
The bright spots for Force were that Adrian Kuyinu went for his average of 16 points while Gazmend
Sinani almost had a double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds and Vytautas Kamarunas finished
the game with 6 assists in his first home start. It was a tough result for Force to take but all the guys
can do is keep going.
The Force travel to Newcastle this Friday to take on the Eagles. Tip off is a 7.30 at Northumbria University.
Written by: Luke Thomas