Leighton Steam got their first taste of victory last week as they beat Bedford Thunder 50-35.
This was the strongest squad assembled so far for a Steam game and it showed, as debuts were handed to Marcin Bucky, Dave Elliot, Ryan Peacock and Ollie Butcher.
From the off, Steam were well in control, and dominated the paint in the first quarter.
Steam overpowered the Thunder roster - a recurring theme for the night. Commanding performances under the rim from Peacock, Childs, Broome and Elliot meant that Steam constantly gave themselves second shot chances or were able to recycle the ball at both ends.
Richard Watts found his range early and started hitting three-pointers for fun.
Marcin Bucky, playing on the perimeter, took a different approach often using his speed and strength to drive the basket and score points off the board.
Lewis Manu took on the sixth man role for Steam and came off the bench to add a huge presence in defence - his hustle and assists going forward maybe going unnoticed by some, but not by his team-mates who benefitted.
Chris O’Donnell did an excellent job at point guard, stepping into a role he wasn’t used to to run the attacking play.
As the game went on, Steam were building on their lead, a very impressive performance from Tom Childs who lead the scoring for the black and white with 18 points.
Tom was sinking the ball from all over the court and his help in defence with as many rebounds helped him receive the MVP award for the game.
Steam are an inexperienced side but have veteran Ollie Butcher running the offence. Ollie not a veteran by age but certainly his playing years helped control and run the team on the court.
Ollie had a huge influence on this result and will be important going forward.
In all, it meant Steam were well in control as Thunder couldn’t match them at either end of the court, to win 50-35.
Steam train on Thursday nights at Vandyke school. They also need volunteers to help with refereeing and being table judges - training courses will be paid for and judges get paid per game. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.