Swindon Shock reach the play-offs

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Swindon Shock booked their first-ever play-off slot with a huge 98-58 home win over Woking Blackhawks at the weekend.

Six Shock players scored double figures with Lee Hobbis (18), Matt North (17) Alistair Tilney (14), Dan Chambers (12), David Colclough (11) and Matt Ford (10) leading the scoring.

But it was a superb all-round team performance as Shock stunned Woking, who themselves were on a fine unbeaten run.

Woking won the tip and scored first with both sides trading baskets early on. Shock’s starting line-up then clicked and started racking up the points. Coach Alex James then introduced fresh legs and held Woking to just 16 points at the end of the quarter.

Shock’s starters got a rest in the second quarter but the home side continued to pass and move the ball well as they increased their lead to 17 points at half-time.

A run of 10 unanswered points at the start of the third quarter kept Shock in control as they dominated proceedings and won the period 27-14.

Swindon were able to again rest players in the final quarter but they continued to push the pace as they secured an emphatic 98-58 success.

It was Woking’s biggest defeat of the season but coach James wasn’t surprised by his side’s performance, saying: “We’ve beaten Bristol and Reading by more.

“We’re so tight as a team and I’ve the luxury of bringing on like for like players in all positions.

“There is just no let up for the visiting teams. I’m really happy with our team and performance today.

“In November we travelled to Woking and again missing players, beat the Flyers by eight points. What with their recent undefeated form since we beat them, I was expecting a tougher game today. I repeated to our guys, seize the opportunity. We’ve a big crowd today, the play-offs are within reach and the work is finally paying off.”

Swindon now face Thames Valley Cavaliers on Saturday at the Swindon Academy in Beech Avenue. Entry is free and spectators are welcomed. Tip off is 4pm.