Turbines lose to strong Fylde side

Turbines lose out
Turbines lose out

Injury-hit West Craven Turbines went down to a strong and skilful Fylde side in the Hyndburn Basketball League.

Turbines were again low on players due to injuries, and without Dan Widdup and Pete Marshall.

Coach Renko Ireton used this as an opportunity to further introduce new players into the game by rostering youngsters Roman Bradshaw and Jack Wellings.

The starting five was Raul Gonzalez, Ireton, Pete Robinson, Phil Smith and Ben Capps, getting his second start of the season.

The game started with Fylde’s shooting dominance, going up 6-0 early on before Turbines had an answer.

However, a free throw shooting spree saw Gonzalez and Smith put Turbines back in the game.

Turbines started to score from the field. however, they struggled to keep out Fylde’s 6ft 9ins center forward as he scored eight unanswered points for a 27-14 first quarter lead.

The second quarter started well for Turbines, with an array of three-point shots coming from Capps, Robinson and Smith, but they lost the quarter by two to trail 46-31.

The third quarter came as an opportunity to play the two youngsters off the bench and give them some valuable playing time. Ireton shot well from within the perimeter and Smith and Capps both got to the basket in an effort to keep the scoring alive.

The score at the end of the third came to 66-43 to Fylde.

The fourth quarter started out well with Robinson hitting two from two on the base line at either side of the basket, but a lapse in defense saw the Turbines concede another 27 points, as Fylde dominated, the score sheet towards the end of the game running out 93-49 winners.

Gonzalez was MVP.