Scorpions provide the sting in the tail on Steam’s homecoming

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Leighton Steam made history by hosting their first ever home fixture, but Shelney Scorpions ruined the party with a 57-41 win.

Steam entered the game at Cottesloe School full of confidence winning two of their last four games including a win over Shenley themselves just after Christmas.

But it would be Shenley who would make the fast start consistently getting to the paint and making short uncontested shots.

For all of their troubles on defence early, it would be on the offensive side of the ball where the Steam would be found wanting.

It would not be until the seven minute mark in the first quarter when the Steam got something going on offence. A well-executed pick n roll between Oli Butcher and Tom Childs would spark an offensive renaissance.

For the next five minutes Childs and Butcher would have their way with the Scorpions defence reducing the Scorpions large lead to just four points.

Eventually the Scorpions cottoned on to what plays the Steam would run and countered them expertly pressuring high up the court, forcing turnovers and scoring easy fast break baskets.

Defensively Steam upped a gear from the second quarter.

A change to zone defence from their traditional man to man system would stop Shenley scoring inside, instead settling for long 2’s or 3 pointers.

On offence others started to get more involved in the scoring. Marcin Bucki nailing free-throws and pretty drives to the basket. He would end up with six points.

Ricky Verdajo would also get in the act scoring his first ever points for the Steam with a nice looking pull up 12 footer.

Trailing by 24 points going into the final quarter, the message from Coach Scott was simple.

Win the fourth quarter by playing hard, smart and together.

All of a sudden the team looked galvanised winning rebounds at both ends, Peacock especially looking impressive with 11 boards.

Although the lead would end up at 16, the Steam showed the 80 strong passionate crowd some flashes of brilliance in the fourth quarter, that proved there is plenty of potential yet to come in this young team.

Ultimately the lead built up earlier was enough for the Scorpions to keep the Leighton Buzzard outfit out of reach.

The result didn’t go to plan but the night was certainly one to remember.

Steam train on Tuesday evenings at the Cottesloe School in Wing from 8-10pm, first session is free.