Basketball: Hotshots tie is a tall order for Bognor Pirates

Bognor Pirates travelled with a tall team to face Eastbourne Hotshots in the Sussex League so their play was about inside shots and rebounds - and they ended up 57-51 winners.

Luke Attfield, Pirates’ 7ft England under-18 player, opened the scoring for Pirates but Hotshots were quick to respond with a couple of three-pointers followed by another two points from Attfield and a couple from Andy Pleskys.

Pirates finished the first period 12-8 down.

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In the second, Pirates took more care of the inside passes with further baskets from Attfield, Matt Wakeling, Max Smith and a nice three-pointer from Dillon Smith, making his debut, which turned the deficit into a 24-21 halfway lead.

Pirates had to force Hotshots to take outside shots but despite further good baskets from Attfield and Pleskys, finally upping his game, the home side penetrated the Pirates’ defence and won the third quarter 19-18.

Coach for the night Calum Jackson told the Pirates to concentrate on their strong defence and let the offence take care of itself.

This seemed to work as Pirates worked the ball on offence to the frustration of Hotshots, who resorted to several fouls - giving Pirates plenty of free throws and enabling them to win by six points.

MVP was Attfield.

PIRATES: Pleskys 16, Attfield 10, Smith 9, Sharpe 6, DeHaan 5, Smith 3, Greenway 3, Wakeling 3, Jackson 2.