An inspired performance from Jordan Bright, helped Exeter Otters to a 55-27 victory away from home, in their opening GBWBA Division One matchup against Tornados.
The guard poured in 26 points during the contest, with his speed and slashing ability proving too much to handle for the home side.
Despite their dominance during the latter stages of game, Otters actually trailed for the majority of the first half. A 7-2 opening run from Tornados, placed the away-side very much on the back foot. Despite a small rally, Exeter ended the period trailing 11-6.
Further scores from Tornados helped push the lead up to 15-6 midway through the second quarter. However the Otters ended the half the stronger of the two sides. Bright and his offense started to click, finishing the half on a 10-0 run, turning the game on its head to lead 16-15 entering the half time interval.
Entering the third quarter, Exeter shifted up another gear, smothering their opponents on defence. Success came thanks to full court pressure from Bright and Sam Lemon. The guards helped lead multiple stops and gave up just four points to the home side during the period.
At the other end Bright continued to his offensive showcase, with support being offered from forward Josh Steels. After a torrid opening half, Steels found his touch notching up 15 points in the second half, to finish with 17 for the game.
One way traffic ensued in the final period. Sam Carter and Josh Duke both opened their scoring accounts for the season, with well taken mid-range shots down the stretch. While the Bright-Steels axis continued to rack up points. Duke scored the final basket of the game, as Exeter ran out 55-27 victors.
The Otters have a short break before traveling north to take on Sheffield Steelers on October 29th.
The Exeter Otters will begin their Division One campaign on October 8th against southern rivals Tornados. Both sides will be looking to bounce back from their tough seasons last year.
Otters have made a flurry of offseason changes, giving the club a whole new look going into the new campaign.
The Devon side have recently gone through a complete rebrand, which included a new logo and new kits.
There have been on court changes too. Jordan Bright returns to the Otters squad after one season away playing professionally in Germany. The 24 year old will inject a much needed boost to the team with his court spacing ability.
On top of this, Exeter have signed a new head coach to guide them through the season. Kev Ogborne arrives after leaving Coventry at the end of last season. The coach, who pioneered Swindon Shock’s back-to-back promotions back in 2015, will be looking for instant success from his new side.
The Otters will be hoping they can repeat their success from the last time they were in Division One. In 2015 the club won their respected division and claimed top honours at the National Playoffs a month after.
All of the Otters home games will be streamed live on Facebook this season for the first time, which will enable a new audience to view the team’s matches.