BRIDPORT took a side of seven men down to Torbay and rocked the division leaders in the Exeter League Cup.

Evolution came out strongly in the first quarter, scoring seven straight points that gave them some momentum to get properly into the game. Strong performances from Craig Sorrell and precision shots from Tom White kept Evolution in the lead to end the quarter 15-8.

In the second quarter, the Tigers managed to get back into the game with multiple three-pointers and was it not for strong defensive rebounding from Jack Trivett and Alex Reid, Evolution could not have held on to the game. As it was, Andy Steel drew the foul from the drive multiple times to go to the line to help keep the scoreline alive and the half ended 22-22

After inspiring words from coach Sorrell, Evo started the second half much better with three-pointers from Steel and jump shots from Jeff Robertshaw to regain the lead and the third quarter ended 41-36 to Evo.

The fourth period was where Bridport really pulled out the stops and played some great basketball.

With the scoreline fluctuating and the clock counting down, the pressure was on to perform and Evolution stepped up with outstanding rebounding from Trivett.

Six consecutive points from Jeff Robertshaw helped to raise the momentum and slowly Bridport pulled away from the Tigers.

In the end, it was all about defence for Evo, with determined hustle plays from the Robertshaw brothers and sharpshooting from Sorrell and Steel, the game ended in a victory for Bridport.

Evolution’s Eric Robertshaw said after the game: “It was great to feel the whole team become inspired to win. There was incredible team chemistry and even though we were under pressure we managed to hold on and play some real Bridport basketball which is what were all about.”

Evolution: J Robertshaw 17, A Steel 14, C Sorrell 10, E Robertshaw 6, T White 5, A Reid 4, J. Trivett



BRIDPORT went top of the Exeter & District League after they took the derby honours.

Evolution started well with Craig Sorrell opening up with three deep three-pointers uncontested and forcing the home team to fall behind straight away.

Eventually Weymouth got on the scoresheet and started trading baskets with Bridport but as the first quarter closed it was Evolution who took the lead 20-13.

Early in the second period, Bridport saw their post player Neil Gray take an early exit as he picked up a hamstring injury.

This gave the home side an advantage as Evolution dropped to seven players against Weymouth’s 10 but Bridport stayed strong and finished the half in the lead still 34-25.

Evolution went out all guns blazing as they fired shots from outside the paint and drove in aggressively, causing Weymouth to get into foul trouble.

Great defence again from Andy Steel, Jack Trivett and Alex Reid kept Weymouth from scoring for the first five minutes of the second half, letting Bridport extend their lead 46-31.

The final quarter was simply seen out with sharp shooting from Eric Robertshaw and Craig Sorrell to give Bridport victory.

This win saw Bridport top the division and puts them into a strong place to remain title contenders going into the festive break.

Evolution: Craig Sorrell 33, Eric Robertshaw 12, Andy Steel 11, Jeff Robertshaw 6, Jack Trivett 2, Alex Reid 2, Neil Gray, Tom White. MVP: Neil Gray