The first home game of the 2011/12 season for the Musketeer Cadets basketball team was played at Arbroath Sports Centre versus Boroughmuir Blaze.
After some tight games last year a tough game was expected.
Beginning the game the Musketeer Cadets came out nervous, making some errors that allowed Boroughmuir some easy baskets.
It was to the Cadets’ credit that they weathered the storm and ended the quarter 18-15 up, with the whole starting five contributing in scoring.
By playing so well in the second quarter the Cadets really burst the game open.
Again they worked as a team with five different scorers, Ewan Laing being the stand out, going strong to the basket and getting to the free throw line.
Ross Walker hit a buzzer-beating shot to finish the quarter, and with everyone working as a team it was no surprise that the lead at the half was 38–25.
The big test was to keep the lead and play a strong third quarter. This wasn’t made easy by a rejuvenated Blaze squad coming out looking to cut the deficit.
However, again the Cadets kept calm and came on strong themselves.
This wasn’t an easy quarter for them with some key players in foul trouble, especially Chris Thomson who had controlled the offence from the point guard spot so well.
There was a lot of trading basket for basket but the Cadets still finished the quarter off well, leading 57-37.
Yet again to start the fourth quarter the determined Blaze squad came out looking to get back into the game, forcing the Musketeers into some errors.
By relaxing and not forcing the game, the Cadets soon found themselves back in control.
The lead grew that with four minutes left it allowed some of the younger players and players who hadn’t participated much in the game onto the court.
They did a fantastic job continuing to keep control of the game and finishing off strong to win 78-55. This was an excellent win and was the best performance so far of what is still a young season.
Scorers were Noah Smith 19, Chris Thomson 16, Ewan Laing 15, Ross Walker 13, Ross F. Walker 6, Craig Archibald 3, Robert Stewart and Gavin Thomson 2.