Great performance from juniors

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The Saturday before last saw local rivals Perth Phoenix travel to Arbroath to face the Musketeer Junior Men.

With the Musketeers winning the previous game by only two points after Perth missed the final shot of the game it was due to be another tough encounter. The Muskies started the game with a real purpose and a mixture of defences forced Perth into numerous turnovers leading to easy fast break points. From the outset guards Nicky Sim and Jeb Spink were determined to lead the Muskies and linked up well together.

The second quarter saw the Musketeers really start to dominate with Sim and Spink unstoppable from the perimeter scoring in a multitude of ways. Perth could find no answer to stopping them and continued to fall behind. Forwards Patullo and Kevin and Mark Myers also put in strong displays on the defensive end and forced the Perth side to take bad shots and rebounded well.

The third quarter saw the Musketeers get into foul trouble and gave Phoenix an opportunity to edge back into the game. However, strong performances from the bench by Ross Walker, Michael Taylor and Ewan Laing ensured that the Muskies were not going to let this happen.

Going into the fourth quarter the Muskies ensured all players gained valuable court time and experience including Scotland under 15 player Chris Thomson who controlled the game from the point guard position The game ended with Robert Stewart scoring from the Free throw line in a 100 to 72 victory for the Musketeers.

Sim and Spink worked extremely well together and combined for 65 points on the day in what was one of the best displays by two guards seen in Arbroath for a long time.

Coach Paul Boath said: “It was a great team performance and if the boys continue to work hard and work together they could be a really special team next season.

“The majority of the boys can play again next year and not a lot of teams have that luxury”.