Evolution silence the Thunder

MVP: Craig Sorrell

MVP: Craig Sorrell

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Somerset League

CREWKERNE THUNDER 54 BRIDPORT EVOLUTION 55

A DRAMATIC overtime victory saw Bridport Evolution snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Most valuable player Craig Sorrell scored a three-point buzzer beater in the final second of normal time to level the scores and take the game into overtime.

The club captain then scored all six of his side’s points in the extra period to give Bridport victory. Sorrell finished the game with a season high 29 points, finishing off a faultless performance by converting to pressure free throws in the final minute to give his side the win.

Bridport had gone into the game as underdogs having been soundly beaten by the home side in a pre-season friendly, but any hope of a repeat performance was quashed early on with Bridport building a 15-8 lead in the first quarter.

The home team then gradually clawed their way back into the game before Sorrell set the game up for a tense finish.

Despite the captain’s standout display there were strong performances across the court.

Player coach Tom Glover and forward Dave McNiece led the rebounding with 11 boards each, also adding 12 and six points respectively.

Shooting guard Jeff Robertshaw added five assists and five rebounds to his five points and Ally Hughes, Tony Glover, Ollie Everitt and James White all continued the team’s superb rebounding effort with 23 boards between them.

Coach Tom Glover said: “The result shows just how far we have come since that first friendly. Craig truly led by example on the night and I think everyone else stepped up a level because of it.

“We are underdogs in this league so to have two wins under our belt after three games is a great achievement and we are improving with every game.

“We are yet to play any of the major title contenders yet though so we are not getting carried away.

“We’re just take it one game at a time and hopefully secure ourselves a good spot for the end of season play-offs”

Evolution: Sorrell 29, Tom Glover 12, McNiece 6, Robertshaw 5, James White 2, Tony Glover 1, Everitt and Ally Hughes.

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