Taunton Tigers travelled to London for the final time of the season to take on the league leaders Canary Wharf Baltics on Saturday 3 March.
Tigers had beaten the Baltics in Taunton but knew that it would be a tougher task away from home. With a depleted squad yet again it was Dan Howe who stepped into the role of team captain and led the team on and off the court throughout the match.
The Tigers started well, matching the Baltics in scoring and intensity during a fast paced first quarter which finished with the Baltics holding a slender lead. However, the Baltics showed why they are holding top spot, in the second quarter playing some physical basketball, controlling the rebounding and shooting well from beyond the arc.
Rookie Mark Schroeder showed his versatility by scoring in the post and from the three point line. This was complimented by some sharp shooting off the bench by Joe Randall and tough defence by Tigers veteran Kevin Anderson. Although the Tigers found themselves struggling on the score board they continued to play hard, Jordan Grindrod showed his potential running the point, controlling the tempo for the Tigers.
As the game was coming to a close Tigers suffered more bad luck as George Scarborough limped off with a back injury leaving the Tigers with a rotation of six players. With a tough result inevitable, Michael Sebire rallied the team and kept spirits high with some inspiring words during the final few minutes.