Dartford Sharks I big first W against Guru

Tip off to the season had finally arrived and the Dartford Sharks were eager to get the season underway. After a good summer of training the Sharks were ready to see if there hard work was going to pay off. Our opening match was at home versus one of our rivals in Guru Nanak. It was clear that Guru were also ready for the match as they arrived with a full squad which include some new recruits who they had inserted in the starting line up.

The match started off strong for the Sharks as the ball was moving quickly and the floor was spaced allowing us to create lots of good chances. Although we had missed some buckets that we would expect to make… perhaps nerves were coming into play. Sharks jumped out to an early lead in the 1st quarter and we were pushing to extend the lead but a breakdown in our defence assignments forced us to call a timeout and switch our defence to a zone defence.

Guru never gave up and made a real push to take the lead in the 3rd quarter when the Sharks started to lose focus and were getting frustrated as we expect better from ourselves.

Going into the fourth the Sharks were refocused and were not going to let the game slip out of our control as it did last year.

With composure and some timely baskets and stops the Sharks were able to take control of the game and take home the win.

Great games had by all.  Special mention to newly promoted Dave Marsh who controlled the point when on the floor and new addition Soren who despite fighting off illness contributed with some key rebounds, timely assists and baskets to help secure the win.

A good start to the season for the Sharks and we will look to improve on our performance.

Sharks next face Bromley away on Tuesday October  13th where Andrew Demmon and Dan Fraser look to make their season debut  as they were unavailable for our opening fixture.

Final Score : 85 - 78

Sharks Scorers : Maher 31, Marsh 14, Andrzejewski  11, Kraft 10, Schreiber 9, Doncuks 4, Braknys 3, Long 2, Kiersztyn 1

October 1st, 2015 by Ben Maher