Category: General News

PREDATORS ROCKET TO THE TOP IN BONFIRE WEEK!

Nuneaton Predators, who finished last season at the bottom of Division Two, sit proudly at the top with an unbeaten 4-0 record after their win at Team Rebels this week bringing great satisfaction to player/coach Lloyd Taylor (pictured in blue). Coventry Tornadoes could join them if they manage to beat Ernesford Eagles tonight but JM Grizzlies were unable to add to their three-game winning streak as Westwood Rhinos called off their match last night due to acute player shortages and Trojans 3 downed Spartans 2.

Aylesford Hawks were put to the sword once again, this time at Tile Hill Trojans 1 and will probably have to be satisfied with third place in Division One – if they manage to recover from their current player shortage and resultant slump in form. Tamworth Tigers took Arden Griffins to overtime following their narrow loss at Rugby Rage last Friday, and Leamington edged out Trojans 2 while Rage receive Warwick China Red tonight.

EAGLES DUMP HAWKS  – FLAMES BURN SPARTANS……

Warwickshire Hawks travelled North once again but, unlike last week when they returned home triumphant they were downhearted as they lost to Doncaster Eagles 84-71.

Hawks were 47-43 down at half-time but foul trouble cost them their intensity and Eagles cashed in at the end of a good, exciting game

More on Warwickshire Hawks from alexbirch07@yahoo.co.uk

 

Coventry Flames took the points at Stourport where they defeated Spartans 80-74 with a superb final quarter. Flames at home this week on Sunday 10th November 2.45pm to Stoke-on-Trent Knights.

More on Coventry Flames from Rob Eddon – ac2704@coventry.ac.uk

 

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National League

Division Three           Doncaster Eagles 87-76 Warwickshire Hawks

Stourport Spartans 74-80 Coventry Flames

Under 18                 Coventry Tornadoes 84-71 City of Birmingham Rockets

Under 16                 City of Birmingham 59-34 Warwickshire Hawks

 

 

British Wheelchair League

Division 3                Derby Wheelblazers 40-34 CWBA 3

 

 

Youth Basketball League (YBL)

Under 17                 WBA D-Squad 54-85 Coventry Elite

Under 15                 Coventry Tornadoes 67-49 Leadonites A Squad

JM Grizzlies 37-74 Leicester Riders

Tamworth Tigers 77-46 Yardley Defenders

Under 13                 Warwickshire Hawks 59-46 Yardley Defenders

HAWKS HALLOWEEN HORROR SHOW!

The big crunch at the top of Division One took place at St Peter’s School and it was Arden Griffins who triumphed to remain unbeaten as Aylesford Hawks crashed by 55. Tile Hill Trojans 1 took just five players to Leamington where Spartans 1 tried their best to upset the form-book, but Trojans went home the happier side. This followed their second team’s first win of the season over Warwick China Red and Rugby Rage host Tamworth Tigers tonight at Harris School. Ernesford Eagles suffered their first loss at Nuneaton Predators 1 who are going well in Division Two, as are JM Grizzlies who took maximum points from their two games in three days against Rebels and Nuneaton 2. Coventry Tornadoes came good in the final minutes to beat Leamington 2 and Westwood Rhinos slipped up against Tile Hill Trojans 3 as Trojans’ Trevor Robinson grabbed 32 points in his second game in 24 hours as Jack Ford dominated the scoring for Rhinos with 35.

HAWKS AND FLAMES BOTH WIN LAST WEEKEND……

Warwickshire Hawks went on the road to Sheffield and brought home the points as they hammered Sabres with a mighty second-half defensive display, yielding just ten points in the entire half. They led 38-33 at the interval before running riot to land an 82-43 win with Ash Dickson and Curtis Hadley both on 18 points. More on Warwickshire Hawks from alexbirch07@yahoo.co.uk

 Coventry Flames gained their first win when they eased past Derbyshire Arrows U23 squad 82-76 at The Coventry Leisure Centre. Flames are preparing to host the local fixture between themselves and Hawks on Sunday 19th November 2.45pm. More on Coventry Flames from Rob Eddon – ac2704@coventry.ac.uk

REFEREES WANTED URGENTLY………….…

Referees are urgently required for the following games: Coventry Elite – at Finham Park 2 School, Torrington Avenue, Coventry.                 

 Saturday 2nd November @ 11.30pm – TWO OFFICIALS NEEDED…..Contact Jackie Rossboroughmemine274@gmail.com or call 07814 531817

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National League

Division Three           Sheffield Sabres 43-82 Warwickshire Hawks

Coventry Flames 82-76 Derbyshire Arrows U23

Under 16                 Warwickshire Hawks 55-96 Worcester Bears

Northampton Titans Purple 63-68 Coventry Elite

 

 

Youth Basketball League (YBL)

 Under 15                 Coventry Tornadoes 57-68 West Brom

Walsall 99ers 59-67 Nuneaton Predators

JM Grizzlies 51-72 Tamworth Tigers

 

Under 13                 Coventry Tornadoes 73-21 West Brom

Under 11                 Coventry Tornadoes 20-2 Warwickshire Hawks

Coventry Tornadoes 6-11 Tamworth Tigers 1

Tamworth Tigers 1 26-4 Tamworth Tigers 2

Warwickshire Hawks 10-2 Tamworth Tigers 2

Coventry Tornadoes 5-0 Nuneaton Predators

Tamworth Tigers 1 28-1 Warwickshire Hawks

Coventry Tornadoes 14-6 Tamworth Tigers 2

 Leicestershire Ladies League

Leicester Cannons 52-32 Tile Hill Trojans

HAWKS & GRIFFINS SET PACE!

Three games and three wins – that is the proud record of the Division One pace-setters Aylesford Hawks and Arden Griffins who lead the way ahead of last season’s champions Tile Hill Trojans 1. Now the fun starts as the pair meet at St. Peter’s School on Thursday and the following Monday Hawks go to Hereward College where Trojans, still smarting after their home loss to Griffins will be waiting. Either Trojans 2 or Warwick China Red will get their first victory when the two go head-to-head on Monday and Tamworth Tigers will be looking to put one over their rivals Rugby Rage next Friday evening.

In Division Two, Westwood Rhinos lead the way but have lost one game, unlike Ernesford Eagles, who visit Nuneaton 1 – also defending a 2-0 record. Coventry Tornadoes join the group with a zero in the loss column while JM Grizzlies, who have played one, won one have two games in three days and will be looking to preserve their unbeaten record.

HAWKS HOME WIN LAST WEEKEND……

Warwickshire Hawks made it two from two as they followed up on their victory over Derby Trailblazers with a ten-point result against University of Wolverhampton in the National League Division Three. Hawks took the first quarter 23-12 but lost the second by two. They then moved away in the third and were led home by Matt Yates (22 points) and Tom Edwards (15).

………..More on Warwickshire Hawks from alexbirch07@yahoo.co.uk ……..

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National League

Division Three           Warwickshire Hawks 72-62 University of Wolverhampton

Birmingham Mets 98-72 Coventry Flames

Under 18                 Coventry Tornadoes 91-86 Leicester Warriors

Under 16                 Coventry Tornadoes 64-73 Worcester Bears

Shropshire Warriors 79-61 Warwickshire Hawks

National Cup           

Under 18                 Coventry Tornadoes 61-72 Milton Keynes Trojans

Youth Basketball League (YBL)

 Under 17                 Coventry Tornadoes 93-60 Leadonites D Squad

 Under 15                 Coventry Tornadoes 50-76 West Brom Basketball

JM Grizzlies 51-72 Tamworth Tigers

Warwickshire Hawks 105-36 Yardley Defenders

Under 13                   Nuneaton Predators 85-52 Yardley Defenders

Bromsgrove Bears 43-73 Warwickshire Hawks

Coventry Tornadoes 86-23 WBA D Squad

Redditch Rookies 34-47 Coventry Elite

TORNADOES STORM TO SECOND WIN

Coventry Tornadoes seem to have developed a liking to close finishes as they chalked up their second narrow victory in a matter of days. And their unlikely hero was their player/coach Paul Adams who scored their last six points in a frantic finish at Woodlands where they defeated Team Rebels 60-56. Adams, at 6’11” has the nickname of Tall Paul and he certainly stood tall when he and his side went four points down in the final quarter of their Division Two encounter. Adrian Fonacier, who was their top scorer with 22 points then dropped in two, followed by Michael Stokes and Adams to put them ahead, but Tornadoes showed their defensive qualities as Rebels became desperate for a score. It went basket for basket to the final minute when Adams struck gold to steer Tornadoes to victory from the free-throw line.

Ernesford Eagles had their own big man Ben Clarke to thank for their win at Tile Hill Trojans 3. Clarke dominated the boards at both ends of the court as Trojans floundered and went 39-15 down by half-time before switching their defensive play and pulling things back. But the damage was already done and Eagles took the points 68-45 with Clarke leading on 16. Westwood Rhinos were too good for their hosts Nuneaton Predators 2 as Jack Ford slammed in another thirty points to make it 84 in two games, and JM Grizzlies made their first fixture a memorable one as they outsmarted Leamington Spartans 2 68-36 with Daniel Valente and Harry Addaway leading the charge.

Defence was the key to the game at Tamworth, where Trojans 1 kept the usually high-scoring Tigers to the mid-forties despite having four of their regular starters missing. Trojans also lost Farouk Bello who was involved in a collision early on and their remaining six men battled it out to win 66-46. Arden Griffins provided the fireworks once the touch-paper had been lit at Leamington Spartans 1 as they rocketed to a 100-51 victory and Aylesford Hawks welcomed Warwick china Red to their first game of the season with a convincing 64-46 win to make it three from three.

Rugby Rage got their win column moving as they came out tops 76-64 at Hereward College, where Trojans 2 were on the wrong end of a first quarter pasting. Without their two leading scorers, Trojans gave debuts to the two teenage Duckers brothers and despite leading early on, the experienced Rugby side had too many aces in their pack, none more so than fourteen-year old Callum Martin who gave a display far beyond his years to land 22 points with Guntars Trabliks on 19 as Ben Linnett replied with 20 for Trojans.

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 British Wheelchair League

Premier League        Sheffield Steelers 1 54-40 CWBA 1

CWBA 1 79-30 Northern Ireland Knights

Division One            Aces 57-44 CWBA 2

CWBA 2 54-43 Blackhawks

Division Three          CWBA 3 34-24 Blackhawks 2

 National League

Division Three           Warwickshire Hawks 76-70 Derby Trailblazers II

Under 16                 City of Birmingham III 84-60 Coventry Elite

Warwickshire Hawks  54-82 Coventry Tornadoes

National Cup           

Under 16                 Cheshire Phoenix 61-51 Coventry Tornadoes

Youth Basketball League (LTG Cup)

Under 17                 Frankley Falcons 87-77 Coventry Tornadoes

Under 15                 Nuneaton Predators 57-81 Frankley Falcons

West Brom 54-40 Warwickshire Hawks

Shrewsbury Storm 37-74 Coventry Tornadoes

Under 13                 Frankley Falcons 32-83 Coventry Tornadoes

Leicestershire Ladies League

Tile Hill Trojans v Melton Mowbray – postponed

RIDERS OFFER TICKET DEAL…

Leicester Riders are our nearest BBL side and a poster advertising their offers is also attached to the e mail in which today’s issue of THE BEAR FACTS arrived.

 If you want further details on the Riders offers you can also contact them at groups@leicesterriders.co.uk or call the hot-line 0116 2558635

JACK’S THE RIPPER FOR RHINOS!

NEWS ON FRIDAY 11TH OCTOBER

Westwood Rhinos’ leading scorer Jack Ford ripped a massive 53 points in his side’s 75-61 victory over Leamington Spartans 2 at Newbold Comyn. Relegated Ernesford Eagles showed that they are to be a power in Division Two as they hammered Nuneaton Predators 2, while Predators’ first team went to the top of the league with their second win of the season, this time at Tile Hill Trojans 3. In Division One, Arden Griffins and Aylesford Hawks remain unbeaten following their victories over Warwick China Red and Tamworth Tigers respectively. There was a friendly rivalry at Hereward College where Tile Hill Trojans 1 defeated their Second team despite having three players missing.

 Don’t forget that unless you are registered with Basketball England you will not be allowed to compete or officiate in the league or cup so, unless you have done this already – get cracking!  https://www.basketballengland.co.uk/become-a-be-member/

RIDERS OFFER TICKET DEAL…

Leicester Riders are our nearest BBL side and a poster advertising their offers is also attached to the e mail in which today’s issue of THE BEAR FACTS arrived.  If you want further details on the Riders offers you can also contact them at groups@leicesterriders.co.uk or call the hot-line 0116 2558635

 

 

GRIFFINS STUN CHAMPS IN OPENER!

Arden Griffins, Division 1 runners-up last season stunned Tile Hill Trojans 1 by coming from behind to land a 77-68 opening-night win over the current champions at Hereward College.

Aylesford Hawks took on newly-promoted Rugby Rage and got their season off to a flier too, to land a tasty victory, as did Tamworth Tigers, when they faced up to Tile Hill Trojans 2 at The Rawlett Centre.

In Division 2, Nuneaton Predators 1 took three points from newcomers Leamington 2 while last night Predators’ second string lost a six point lead in the final two minutes at Trojans 3 and Westwood went down by the narrowest of margins at home to reincarnated Tornadoes.

TOUCH-PAPER IS LIT – NOW FOR THE FIREWORKS!

AFTER A SUMMER OF REST AND RECUPERATION THE TIME HAS COME TO DUST OFF THE BOOTS, DON THE VEST AND GET BACK ONTO THE COURT FOR ANOTHER EXCITING SEASON OF BASKETBALL IN THE WARWICKSHIRE LEAGUE.

AND WHAT AN OPENER THE COMPUTER HAS THROWN UP AS LAST SEASON’S CHAMPIONS AND CUP WINNERS TILE HILL TROJANS 1 ENTERTAIN RUNNERS-UP ARDEN GRIFFINS IN A PROVERBIAL SIX-POINTER AT HEREWARD COLLEGE. IT COULD MAKE OR BREAK THE SEASON FOR ONE OF THE PAIR AS THEY FACE EACH OTHER WITH NO SHORTAGE OF FIRST-NIGHT NERVES.

FORMER CHAMPIONS AYLESFORD HAWKS ENTERTAIN RUGBY RAGE AND THE NEWLY-PROMOTED SIDE WILL FIND IT TOUGH IN THE FIRST DIVISION AFTER GOING UNBEATEN ALL LAST SEASON IN THE LOWER LEAGUE. EVER-IMPROVING TAMWORTH TIGERS ALMOST PICKED UP A TROPHY LAST SEASON AND THEY HOST TROJANS 2  AS THE SEASON FINALLY GETS UNDERWAY.

 

SO, THE TOUCH-PAPER IS WELL AND TRULY ALIGHT – NOW FOR THE FIREWORKS!

CHAMPIONS OPEN WITH FIRECRACKER!

TILE HILL TROJANS 1, CHAMPIONS FOR THE PAST FOUR SEASONS WILL FACE RUNNERS-UP AND ARCH-RIVALS ARDEN GRIFFINS WHEN THE NEW SEASON TIP[S OFF NEXT MONDAY (30TH)

THE TWO, WHO HAVE FOUGHT SOME EPIC BATTLES OVER THE RECENT YEARS WILL MEET AT TROJANS HOME COURT HEREWARD COLLEGE AT 8.15 PM AND THIS COULD BE THE TITLE-DECIDER FOR ONE OF THE PAIR IN THE FIRST WEEK.

OF COURSE THE OTHER SIDES IN DIVISION ONE WOULD DISAGREE BUT THE COMPUTER COULD NOT HAVE PRODUCED A MORE MOUTH-WATERING FIXTURE HAD IT TRIED.

BOTH SIDES WILL BE EAGER TO GET THEIR SEASON OFF TO A FLIER AND MANY AT WARWICKSHIRE BASKETBALL JUST CANNOT WAIT!

FIRST TROPHY GOES TO TILE HILL!

Easter rolls in once again and our season starts to draw to a close – BUT there are things to settle before the curtain comes down on a busy eight months.
One issue which was sorted was the Handicap Cup Final which was won for the past two seasons by Arden Griffins but yesterday it went the way of Tile Hill Trojans 1 who defeated Tamworth Tigers at Rawlett School in Tamworth.
Trojans 2 were undone at Aylesford earlier in the week as were Leamington Spartans at the hands of Coventry College – both games in Division One.

NOW GET READY FOR WOODLANDS SUMMER LEAGUE….
After three successful Summer League competitions at the Woodlands Sports Complex, it is returning for a 4th year and will be tipping off late May/early June. If you didn’t know how it works, the clock is a running one it’s very much aimed at development and a bit of fun. Officials from the WBA support the running of the Woodlands Summer League and it contains a mixture of experienced local players and beginners. For more information or to register your interest, please contact Dec Connolly – Declan.connolly@coventry.gov.uk / 07943 846142

HALL OF FAMER ROGER PAYNE IS BACK IN COVENTRY!
Roger Payne, (pictured) arguably Warwickshire Basketball’s most successful coach has returned to the city of Coventry and has joined forces with Paul Adams in the running of Coventry Tornadoes. Roger, who won two titles as a player before taking NINE as a coach after injury cut short his playing career has been out of the area for a few years enjoying success as a joint owner and coach at several clubs.
Roger was inducted into the Warwickshire Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013 as an acknowledgment of his services to basketball in our Area. He is arranging camps involving several NBA players and a tournament called “Kings of the Court” which takes place in August at The Wildcats Arena Nottingham.

He has also employed the services of his son Bryson to work with the youngsters of Coventry and he will be coaching the under 17 side as “The Family Business” continues to develop. Roger’s details are found by logging onto www.ballersheaven.com

WARWICKSHIRE BASKETBALL ANNUAL AWARDS EVENING…..
It is time for you to nominate your favourites for consideration for the Warwickshire Basketball Awards which will be presented at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting and Presentation evening which this year takes place on
THURSDAY 20TH JUNE AT
JAGUAR SOCIAL CLUB, FENTON ROAD, COVENTRY CV5 9PS.
The categories we are looking for nominations for are:
Individual Award
Refereeing Award
Table Officiating Award
Club/Team Award.
PLUS
Young Player of the Year (under 19)
If you feel that someone qualifies for consideration in any of the above please e mail us with their name and why you think this – in no more than 150 words please.
ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 31st MAY
Please E MAIL to mike.maddox@warwickshirebasketball.co.uk

TROJANS SLIP UP – GRIFFINS CELEBRATE!

It was always going to be tense and that’s exactly how it was – BUT, Arden Griffins basked in the glory of taking the first points off Tile Hill Trojans 1 this season.
The Champions elect were awful in a first half they would like to forget as Griffins ran riot at the other end to go 28 points up before half-time at 22-50, but the second half was a different story as they were pegged back and Trojans came to within four at 63-67 before a series of technical fouls broke the momentum and Arden realized their ambitions.
Elsewhere Aylesford came past Tamworth and Stratford chalked up their second victory in five days at Leamington. JM Grizzlies went ahead of Trojans 2 in the league table and Coventry College had to forfeit their game at Ernesford tomorrow due to illness – time constraints preventing a re-match before the end of the season. Stratford play again tonight as Tigers visit and Rugby do likewise in Division Two against Westwood.

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFFS – GLADIATORS OUT!
With Warwickshire Hawks’ interest in the play-offs ending at Gladiators, the teams who made progress faced off in the quarter-finals last weekend. The results were as follows:
Bristol Hurricanes 89-85 RCT Gladiators
Chelmsford Lions 85-67 Taunton Tigers
Richmond Knights 75-85 Doncaster Eagles
Nottingham Trent Hoods 67-83 Lewisham Thunder
This weekend Lewisham play Chelmsford while Bristol host Doncaster.

QUARUPLE OVERTIME IN TWO BBL GAMES….
The history books were out last weekend and records were smashed as Worcester Wolves and Surrey Scorchers went to QUADRUPLE OVERTIME before Wolves edged home 152-150! Then, unbelievably Glasgow Rocks repeated the act in their game against Bristol Flyers with a result of 113-111 also coming after four additional periods. Can you imagine that in the Warwickshire Basketball League – how would we get to the pub – energy-wise and in time?