TAUNTON Tigers look to get back to winning ways later today (Saturday), as they host Southampton Sharks at Richard Huish College (tip-off 6pm).

They remain unbeaten in the league, but exited the National Shield last Sunday.

National Shield Round 3
Huish Taunton Tigers 71, Kestrels 78

TIGERS’ run in the National Shield competition came to an end last Sunday, following a disappointing loss at home to Solent Kestrels II.

At the end of the first quarter, Tigers found themselves trailing 20-14 and still to find a rhythm on offence.

Kestrels began the game playing strong defence and were able to match Tigers’ size inside.

They also shot well in the period, hitting several long-range shots with defenders rushing out.

The second quarter saw a huge swing in favour of Tigers who were able to get their own outside shooting going, led by guard Igors Kunznecovs who made two three-pointers in the period.

They also stepped up their defence, limiting Solent to just 13 points. With their offence flowing, the game seemed simple for Tigers and they went into half time leading 41-33.

Their lead, however, would be short-lived. In the third, Solent came storming back behind guard Teesdale who scored four consecutive three-pointers early in the quarter.

To make matters worse, Tigers could not find their own basket, scoring just nine points in the quarter.

With things not going their way on offence, mistakes and turnovers started to creep into their game.

It was turning point for the game as Taunton watched their lead evaporate and turn into a deficit heading into the fourth quarter.

Down five and with momentum against them, Tigers fought hard to regain the lead.

Kestrels showed good composure, though and, with some help from the officials, were able to get to the free-throw line again and again, effectively closing out the game despite the improved effort from Taunton.

Coach Anderson remained positive after the game: “We’re still undefeated in league competition and I’m sure the players will be keen put this loss behind them in our next match.”