Although Swindon Shock suffered their first loss of the season to BC Medelynas last week with a 108-106 score. They responded in a way that veteran players do. The home side made quick work of their guest Oxford Brookes University and finished off with a win of 146-86. “We have not had a lot of success against Oxford in the past but thats two games in a row against them that we have been nothing short of dominate. It was a good game in the first quarter but their team started to trash talk and we took it a bit personal. Ed Potter gave the team a goal to really lock down defensively and we roared to a 45-17 third quarter that blew the game open. Mantas Kmita continued his hot streak scoring 38 points whilst Ed Potter added 25 and both Antonio Wilburn and Sam Newman scored 21 each. “I think that was an all around team game and everyone got in on the act. Ollie Swann had a career high of 12 points. Whilst Alistair Tilney, Matt Ford and Janis Spruds all came just shy of hitting double digit points. With starting forward Matt North was admitted to hospital the night before the game with an elbow injury, players stepped up in his absence. Swindon will now have a short rest as they travel to Division 1 Barking Abbey Crusaders for the third round of the National Cup. “This is the bar of where we would like to play said the head coach. This is a well organised basketball academy that has set a standard for national League basketball and we get a chance to measure ourselves against a team like this.
Swindon Shock opening regular season game got off to a roaring start. After advancing to the third round of the National Cup and National Shield, Shock were at home to open up their regular season game against Cardiff Archers who bested them twice in the previous season. Point guard Antonio Wilburn continued his hot hand from the 3 point line and helped Shock jump out early before a serious of fouls helped the visiting side to a first quarter 32-27 lead. Head coach David Colclough said after the game, we just were not in it defensively that first quarter. Offensively we know anyone can score on our team, but I would have liked to seen more effort on the defensive side of the ball. Shock did just that with reserve guard Ollie Swann grabbing key rebounds and getting some timely assist to put the club up 54-53 at the half. Shock then return to form with a dominate 3rd quarter that flip the game around quickly as Mantas Kmita poured in a 10-0 run of his own. Matt North, Ed Potter and Antonio Wilburn each got in on the act as Shock outscored the guest 38-17. Ed Potter would finish with 31 whilst Kmita 29 Wilburn 23 and North 21 to make up for 104 of the 113 Shock points. “That is huge and balanced scoring from four players and that is still without starting Center Matt Ford (away with illness) who dominates the inside said the Shock Skipper. I like our depth this year but I also like that our bench are contributing with solid passes defence and chipping in extra point here and there, it really puts other defences on their back foot. Shock finished out the game with a 113-97 win and will face London BC Medelynas next week on the road.
With hall difficulties looming Swindon Shock were forced to reschedule their National Shield match from the 21st of October to the 23rd of September against Richmond Knights. With Richmond securing a win against Division 3 Essex Blades, Swindon knew they would have their hands full. To add on to the pressure, Shock were forced to play without starting center Matt Ford, and 3 shooting guards including the red-hot Mantas Kmita who had posted 29 points the week before.
The first quarter saw the home side jump out early as point guard Antonio Wilburn dictated the pace and Matt North found his shooting form putting Shock up 26-17. After a stalemate in the second quarter with both sides scoring 18 a piece, Shock began to lose their pace as a the shorthanded side began to succumb to a strong Richmond bench dropping the quarter 13-25 in the guest favour.
But Ed Potter quickly found his groove pouring in back to back shots in route to 29 points. Whilst Antonio Wilburn’s clutch 3 pointer put Shock ahead and began a 10-2 run for the home side midway through the 4th. However the games ending would add more drama as both Antonio Wilburn and Ed Potter fouled out of the game with just over two minutes to play and Shock up 78-70. Reserves Sam Newman, Alistair Tilney, David Colclough, and Janis Spruds dealing with a knee injury would join Matt North in holding off a Richmond side desperate to get back into the game. Shock would go on to match Richmond’s intensity and finish off the game 83-75.
The win advances Shock into the 3rd round of the National Shield where they will play the winner of the Calderdale Explores VS. New Castle U23 on November 11th at home. Shock has also advanced to the National Cup 3rd round where they will be guest against Division 1 Barking Abbey October 14th.
Next match is a regular season game against Cardiff Archers September 29th at New College 2pm tip.
Shock Wheelchair have another busy season ahead. They will be entering Div 1 (South), the newly formed South West Development league and also contributing to the South West Warriors Jnr Team.
Head Coach Lewis Bird will be supported by Antonio Wilburn and Ben Fox to deliver training sessions on Friday evenings at Youth First. We are pleased to welcome Luke Collier into the squad. Also, we need to thank Thames Water, Irwin Mitchell and One Stop for their financial support this season.
After going 2-1 in Germany and 4-0 in the Birmingham Invitational, Swindon Shock are ready to kick off their season in the National Cup against Dorset Storm. Feel free to come down and support your National team in the New College Sports hall (New College Dr, Swindon SN3 1AH). Doors open at 1pm and Tip is at 2pm.