Kendal Warriors up to second thanks to dominant first quarter display

First published in Sport The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Kendal Warriors 100

Lockerbie Tornadoes 58

KENDAL Warriors gained revenge on Lockerbie Tornadoes in their first game back after the Christmas break.

The Warriors were superb against a team who narrowly beat them earlier this season, and the Queen Katherine School crowd were treated to an unbelievable first quarter as Kendal romped 41-7 ahead.

Kendal set off in a fashion that signalled their intentions and pressed their opponents, which paid dividends as Lockerbie struggled to cope with the pressure applied.

This allowed Phil Mason and Mathias Basedow to capitalise with some easy scores, and the introduction of Kon Arfanis helped maintain the defensive pressure and allow Kendal to keep building upon their lead.

Kevin Mason was also proving to be unstoppable as he terrorised the Lockerbie defence with his aggressive play.

With a large lead built by the end of the first quarter, Kendal had to ensure they did not allow Lockerbie back into the game and through a true team performance this is what they set about doing.

Luke Garnett and Keith McInnes were dominating the defensive rebounds, allowing further fast break opportunities, while Gareth France and Mike Smith helped keep the Kendal offence on track with some timely baskets.

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With Gareth Beacock and Robin Littlewood coming on to give vital backup to the tiring legs of the perimeter defence Kendal were able to see the game out by comfortably reigning supreme 100- 58.

The result helped Kendal move up to second in the league, and their next match sees the Warriors travel to Richmond on january 19 in what is bound to be a difficult game.

Scorers: G France 19, P Mason 19, M Basedow 16, K Mason 15, M Smith 12, K Arfanis 12, K McInnes 7, G Beacock 0, L Garnett 0, R Littlewood 0.

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