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Woodley steal Silverbacks Thunder in play-off final

Yateley Silverbacks were denied a famous double after suffering a shock defeat in the play-off final to Woodley Thunder

Coach Pete Daines saw his Yateley Silverbacks side slip to play-off defeat

Disappointed player-boss Pete Daines refused to berate his Yateley Silverbacks basketball team after they missed out on completing a league and Play-Off defeat with this shock defeat.

Daines’ side were red-hot favourites to add the play-off trophy to the league title they clinched a fortnight ago, but , despite playing in front of a roaring crowd at the Aldershot Garrison Centre it wasn’t to be their day as a well-organised Woodley stole their Thunder.

A close first half saw the lead change hands on numerous occasions but Daines’ Backs struggled offensively after the break and paid the price for missed opportunities.

 “I’m disappointed for all the lads and all our supporters we didn’t do ourselves justice in the match,” dejected Daines said afterwards.

“All credit to Woodley because on the day they were the better team. They looked fresher, played excellent defence and despite us trying different offensive and defensive strategies it was just one of those days when the ball wouldn’t drop for some reason.

“I would like to thank our sponsors, supporters, families and friends who have been with us all year for their help and encouragement. It was a great atmosphere to play in.

"We have played 29 games in all competitions this year, have a record of 22-7, won the league, remained unbeaten at home all season so it is definitely a successful one. It’s just a shame we couldn’t perform at our expected levels for one last game.”

Antony Green led the scoring in the game with 19 points and in doing so scored his 1,000th point for the club in just three seasons.

The Silverbacks also felt hard done by with some refereeing inconsistencies as Woodley took advantage by scoring eight unanswered points in the last two minutes to seal victory.

 

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