Taunton Tigers lost their first away game of the 2011/12 season in National League Division Three when they made the lengthy mini bus journey to play Wellingborough Phoenix.
It was a tough loss for the team but included a spirited fight back to push Wellingborough all the way to the finish. It seemed as though the long trip had affected the Tigers, who had a poor start and allowed Wellingborough to stamp their authority early with aggressive defence and good long range shooting.
Harry Turner put a good offensive performance for the Tigers creating space and getting to the hoop to put valuable points on the board for the Tigers. As a fast paced first half came to a close the Tigers looked to be sinking quickly but strong play from Kevin Anderson and ferocious rebounding from Tigers big man Tad Gray saw the tide begin to turn.
The second half started much better for Taunton with Captain Adam Rickwood showing his leadership with defensive intensity and sacrificing his body in this physical encounter.
George Scarborough showed maturity, coming off the bench to steady the team from the guard spot. His partner in crime, Joe Randall also contributed, coming on to make an important three point shot to help the Tigers start their come back.
However as the deficit closed to just 5 points, poor finishing from the Tigers and clinical shooting from Wellingborough meant the Tigers couldn't quite bring it back. They went down 85 – 74 at the end of the game.