Season’s challenging start for the Muskateers

The 2010-11 national league season started with a trip down to Portobello to face Edinburgh Kings.

Having been the only team to beat the Musketeers last year, everyone knew this would be a challenging game.

Beginning the game the Edinburgh height advantage was very noticeable at all positions, but this didn’t put the cadets off as they came out aggressive.

Chris Thomson played very aggressive defence and forced some of the Edinburgh guards into early mistakes. The quarter still ended with Edinburgh up 17-6.

By far the cadet’s best quarter was the second. Over the course of the whole game the cadets inside big men Noah Smith and Ewan Laing did an excellent job securing defensive rebounds, and also crashed the Edinburgh boards to gain a few offensive rebounds.

In particular during the second quarter there was some excellent team work shown with Ross Walker and Ross F. Walker contributing to the overall team effort.

Had it not been for a few mistakes the musketeers would have perhaps won the quarter and been within single figures at the half, but they had to settle for an 11-10 quarter and a 28-16 half time score.

Again in the third quarter the cadets showed glimpses of some great play, the 10/12 point barrier just couldn’t seem to be broken down.

Some excellent passing and offence led to easy shots, but the Edinburgh squad showed their talent by being able to reply to each point.

The musketeer’s guards, Daniel Fraser and Rory Anton showed great effort during the third quarter, diving on loose balls and doing anything they could to help the team. Unfortunately it was to no avail as the kings took a 40-24 lead.

Finishing the game in the correct fashion was very important to the team. They had worked hard to keep themselves in the game and it was rightfully so that they put in a good fourth quarter performance.

The starters had shown good effort and some excellent play on both ends of the court at times, and the reserve players came on in the fourth and continued this trend.

Some of the younger players Cullum Ewan, and more experienced players Craig Archibald, Robert Stewart and Hamish Sutherland rounded out the game well executing the what they had been given.

Edinburgh took the game 58-30. This was an excellent start to the season for the cadets and gives them an excellent base to build on.

Scorers: Chris Thompson 10, Ross Walker 6, Noah Smith, Rory Anton, Ewan Laing 4, Ross F Walker 2.