BRIDPORT Evolution maintained their strong start to the season with another win, this time beating BCS Seahawks at Beaminster Sportshall in their first home game of the season before losing the good form in a run of three tough fixtures.

In the first quartet Bridport, started on the front foot and stormed into a 21-9 first quarter lead with Chris Canham and Craig Sorrell both running the court with high intensity.

Some very good defence kept the Seahawks at bay.

Bridport stepped up a gear early in the second quarter and extended their lead by 19 points.

A few quick-fire baskets from the Seahawks lifted their momentum and finished the half with a flourish pegging back Bridport to within two points. The half finished 35-32.

In the third quarter Bridport needed to tighten up on defence and compose themselves on offence.

Dean Ormsby found his form with some important offensive rebounds and a flurry of points, but again, Seahawks found their rhythm towards the end of the quarter with a brace of 3 pointers. The score at the end of the quarter was 53-50.

The fourth quarter started strongly for Bridport with some fantastic drives to unnerve the young Seahawks.

However, a change in tactics saw another Seahawks’ comeback with an unanswered nine points. This took the Seahawks into the lead for the first time in the match, with only seconds to play.

This is where Evos experience came into play; a fantastic steal from Neil Gray won the ball back. With the team setting up needing a three to tie the game and take it into overtime, Tom White stepped up with the shot of the game; a three pointer with two Seahawks in his face.

In overtime Craig Sorrell and Chris Canham raised the tempo again, exchanging some lightning-quick give and go’s to fire Evo into the lead.

Some important defensive rebounds from James Rich, Jack Trivett and Dean Ormsby enabled Evo to see the game out for the well-deserved, hard-earned 74-72 victory.

Craig Sorrell was the top scorer with 29, followed by Tom White with 16 and Chris Canham with 13.

Bridport then travelled to New Milton and, after the long drive, had no time to warm up.

This showed as the team started slowly and finished the first quarter down by 14 points.

The team failed to get into their stride throughout the whole game and eventually finished on the wrong end of a 68-43 score line. The top scorer was Craig Sorrell with 26 points.

The team dusted themselves off the following Friday and travelled to Bournemouth University to play arguably one of the strongest team in the league, BU Performance.

With only seven players that travelled, Evo put on a brilliant display against the energetic students, and only ever trailed by single figures.

BU Performance just edged it in the end, however, and the game finished 69-64. Chris Canham was the top scorer with 23 points.

Last Monday saw the start of the DBA Cup with the visitors to Beaminster Sports Hall being the leaders of Division One, Dorset Storm.

Evo knew it was going to be a tough game against some National League players but put on a fantastic display, especially on defence.

Many positives came out of the game, one being that ten of the eleven players got on the scoresheet.

Talisman Craig Sorrell didn’t play after injuring his ankle in the previous run of fixtures, and although he was missed, the team matched Storm during periods of the game. Tom White was top scorer with 16 points.

League action returns to Beaminster Sports Hall on Monday November 11 when Evolution host BG Suns. Everyone is welcome to come and support their local basketball team, tip off is at 7:15pm and it is free entry.