Swindon Shock go joint top but suffer dramatic Shield exit

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Swindon Shock were just seconds away from a perfect weekend at home as their fine start to the season continued.

Hosting Southampton Sharks on Saturday in the National League South West Division Four, Swindon clinched a 76-63 success.

Swindon jumped into the lead early on and never looked like relinquishing their advantage as leading scorer Spencer Wells scored 24 points.

Mantas Kmita also pitched in with a host of three-point efforts as Shock took control of the match.

Returning players Christopher Cole and Richard Boraston were also handed run-outs as Swindon clinched a 76-63 win.

The victory takes Swindon Shock to joint top of the table with RCT Gladiators.

Swindon Shock were at home again on Sunday, as they hosted Division Three outfit Oxford Brookes in the National Shield.

Despite missing top scorer Wells, Shock battled well early on and led by three points at half-time.

Matt North, Christopher Cole and Alistair Tilney were in great form as Shock looked to pull off a cup upset.

Oxford Brookes though bounced back to lead by 11 points in the fourth quarter but Swindon hit back with three minutes remaining.

Opting to move to a full court man to man press, Swindon began to claw back Oxford’s lead.

Steals from Lee Hobbis and Rafal Chiechacki saw Shock gain extra possessions and sharp shooting from David Colclough saw him score 10 points in just over one minute.

A four-point play then sent Swindon into the lead with 20 seconds remaining only for a defensive lapse to let Oxford in to score the winning basket.

Pictures by Julia Summers.