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Rossendale Raptors slip to Falcons
11:20am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
HAVING won the first two league games of the season, Rossendale Raptors faced local rivals Stockport Falcons in what would be a tightly contested game.
Stockport had strengthened significantly over the summer, signing Paul Cantwell from the French professional leagues, Daniel Pilkington from the British Premier League, and Josh Houghton and James Steer who were star players for Division One Manchester Magic.
Raptors started the game slowly, and were outpaced by the fired up Falcons who were quick out of the gates from the very first whistle.
Their up-tempo game caught the Raptors on the back foot and Rossendale were down 45-29 at half time.
A big third quarter got the Raptors back into it at 62-62.
With both teams fighting for the win, the Raptors struggled to keep the momentum and behind some high paced fast breaks Stockport pulled away and Raptors were well beaten 87-72.
Steven Gayle once again lead the team with 26 points, Spaniard Aitor Estrada had 19 while Tom Sutton scored eight.
Coach Jim Fry said: “It was a tough loss to swallow.
“We weren’t at our best which was disappointing.
“But that said, Stockport played very well and were good value for their win. They were the better team today.”
Raptors next game is at home at Haslingden Sports Centre on Saturday at 5pm.
Tickets are £2 for adults and 50p for juniors.
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