A devastating attacking performance saw West Craven Turbines start the new season in style as they comfortably beat the newly formed Leyland Lions.
The Turbines had eight players available for the game including three new signings in Raul Gonzalez, Maciej Furga and Sam Binney.
Last season’s top scorer and MVP Pete Marshall was joined by regulars Renko Ireton, Dan Widdup, Pete Robinson and Phil Smith returning from the University of Northumbria.
The first quarter started out as the Lions gave the Turbines a shock with a good array of shots that would help them take a very good lead at the end of the first quarter at 18-9. The Turbines offence started slow and stagnant and any open shots did not drop as they struggled to convert.
The second quarter was the turning point as Furga replaced Widdup in the line-up the Turbines put their foot down and did not let the game get away from them. The Turbines defence intensity increased as Lions only managed to score five in the whole quarter giving their offence chance to take off with sharp moves from Gonzalez and fast break opportunities for Robinson. Marshall exploded scoring three consecutive three point shots and an array of deep twos to blow out the Lions and end the half with Turbines leading 44-23.
West Craven continued their dominance in the third quarter with Marshall, Gonzalez, Magic, Ireton and Smith splitting the Lions defence to gain points from inside.
The fourth quarter seemed a bit quiet as Marshal, Gonzalez and lreton were brought off to run the bench and give rookie Binney some court time. Turbines took the victory 80-56.
MVP went to Pete Marshall with multiple rebounds and high percentage shooting figures scoring 39pts.