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GRIFFINS RIP INTO SPARTANS TO AVOID CUP REPEAT

Arden Griffins remain the only team who can stop Tile Hill Trojans from winning their sixth title in eight years and took no chances when they tore Leamington Spartans apart at St. Peter’s. Griffins’ captain Jack Forrest (pictured) said “We slipped up by underestimating them in the Handicap cup and as a result we went out of the competition so this time we were sure we would not make the same mistake again.” And this is exactly how it worked out as Griffins were immense in offensive play whilst being intense at the other end, restricting Spartans to just 27 points in a game which saw leading three-point scorer Paul Roberts adding another six to his already superb total for the season.
Roberts is now heading for an unprecedented hundred triples and seems to rise from nowhere to land his shots with apparent ease. Arden powered to the front and led 22-7 after the initial quarter with five already in the bank from outside the arc, and when they added another four after the restart, the record books looked to be in danger. But things quietened down as the game wore on, griffins going on to win 88-27 with Roberts and fellow hot-shot Luke Hatfield both on 18 points, behind Sam Workman’s 24.

Trojans meanwhile gave Tamworth Tigers something to think about as the pair prepare to go head-to-head in the cup final in a week’s time. Admittedly things will be different then as Tigers will probably get a sizeable start but to give an indication as to the power in the Coventry side’s squad, they were without four regulars and still went home with a 90-57 win under their belts, led by Mark Larner and Ash Dickson who equally shared 38 points.

Aylesford Hawks put their game against Ernesford Eagles to bed with a good second-half showing after Eagles had threatened to upset the applecart early on. The final quarter belonged almost exclusively to Ricky Fennell as he accounted for 21 of Hawks’ 28 points as they took complete control and coasted home, the Aylesford marksman hitting a match total of 39 points.

Cracovia Stratford had to work hard before finally overcoming the challenge of JM Grizzlies as the Warwick side looked capable of pulling off a surprise away win. As things turned out, Stratford used their three-point shooting ability in the final quarter to surge from 49-48 to 62-50 and that was that.

Rugby Rage are on the brink of a perfect season and they racked up yet another win in Division Two. This time their victims were Team Rebels who were taken down 78-50, and Rage are only three games away from achieving their aim for the season as promotion beckons. Rebels’ tale of woe continued when they played host to Westwood Rhinos and, in a very low-scoring match Rhinos won 36-29 and Nuneaton Predators almost grabbed a sensational win against Tile Hill Trojans 3 at Hereward College before the home side’s inside power took them through 60-58 with Trevor Robinson snatching 25 for Trojans and Zoheb Deen 23 for the unlucky visitors.

HAWKS BACK ON WINNING TRAIL

HAWKS BACK ON WINNING TRAIL

Aylesford Hawks sprang back to winning form after their home defeat by Tile Hill Trojans and the victory brought some relief as they hammered Coventry College 90-50

Admittedly College were without leading scorer Vaidas Cerkunovas for the trip to Moreton Morrell but Hawks were in dominant mood right from the first tip. Ricky Fennell landed a three-pointer in the opening minute to set the tone and this gave him and Hawks a lift as they went on to win all four quarters of the game as College fell away. Fennell hit 40 including six triples, but the final period of the match belonged almost exclusively to Hawks play-maker Maarten de Jonge who came from nowhere to hit the scoring button and grab 14 of his 18 match total during eight electric minutes. Coventry’s six-man squad had no answer to Hawks ferocious offensive play, although they could have done better had they landed a better return than 4 from 16 attempts from the free-throw line. Going, but not gone at 35-50 College were hanging in mid-way through the third quarter when Hawks hit them for six – well, fifteen to be precise and that closed the door on the visiting outfit and pushed the target too far away. Matt Glover chipped in with nineteen to add a gloss to his colleagues’ efforts and only Ikwunna Ukwu gave the scorer much to do as he grabbed 26 for College.

Tile Hill Trojans 3 had a mixed week as they took the points from Nuneaton Predators in the Division Two basement battle then became the twelfth victim of the season for unbeaten leaders Rugby Rage at Hereward College. Trojans unearthed a new star at Nuneaton as Davide Nicolini dominated the boards alongside Trevor Robinson and Mike Buckley, the Italian dropping in a season high 25 points to lead Trojans home as Robinson and Buckley both hit 19. Predators were without their mentor Lloyd Taylor, but their shooting at the Jubilee Centre was on song and they were led by Zoheb Deen who scored and impressive 28 points.

The Trojans versus Rugby game also doubled as a challenge cup-tie due to fixture congestion and as they bowed out of the handicap competition Westwood Rhinos moved onwards and into the semi-finals. Rhinos took on first division Warwick China Red and received a 25 point start, needing most of them to get over the line against the fast and furious play of the Warwick University students who tried desperately to reduce the deficit. A storming third quarter brought them into contention as they moved to within eight of their hosts who then reciprocated with a final period of control with Dale Kearsley driving them home.

Westwood and Rugby will be joined in the semi-finals by JM Grizzlies and best runner-up Nuneaton Predators 2 who were awarded their game 20-0 when team rebels failed to arrive at their own home match, and the draw for these fixtures will be made next week.

EAGLES SOAR – BUT LEAVE IT TOO LATE!

Arden Griffins lingering hopes of a second title almost came unstuck when they scraped past a resurgent Ernesford Eagles 74-66.

Whilst Tile Hill Trojans 1 have the top spot virtually wrapped up, Griffins are probably the only side who can upset the Coventry club’s aspirations, and their game against Eagles should have been a formality. But Ernesford produced a late challenge and Griffins heaved a sigh of relief that there were not another couple of minutes play when the buzzer signalled the end of an exciting game which the Solihull side had dominated for long periods. Leading 66-48 with eight minutes left, Griffins offense suddenly dried up and Eagles pounced to come back to within eight when the end came.

It was another night of triumph though for Arden’s three-point hot-shots Luke Hatfield and Paul Roberts, who bagged thirteen between them with Roberts netting ten of them for a thirty point match haul as Mauro Goncalves led for Eagles with 17.

Trojans march towards more honours continued as they brushed aside the challenge of Aylesford Hawks who were completely out of form at Moreton Morrell with Trojans winning all four quarters on their way to a 74-54 victory. The usual sublime performance of Ricky Fennell was noticeably absent as the Hawks’ sharpshooter scored just seven points and he fouled out early in the final quarter to deprive Coach Jim Martin of any hopes of a come-back. Trojans, on the other hand were ebullient as Ash Dickson grabbed 21 points and Scott Owen iced the cake in the last few seconds with a couple of long-range triples.

Tamworth Tigers pounced on JM Grizzlies at Rawlett School to land an 82-45 win after a lightening start saw Tigers race into a 34-16 lead. Defences dominated the second quarter and from then, it turned into the Lukasz Bolda show and the Tiger hit 17 of the next 22 points to seal a fine victory before ending the game on 28.

Coventry College had a terrific shooting evening at Tile Hill Trojans 2 as Vaidas Cerkunovas excelled once again with 32 points as a Trojans side, weakened by injury and work commitments struggled. Once College had taken the lead after trailing 9-4 there was no stopping them and a deluge of points in the third quarter took the game from 45-37 to 64-39 and that was that.

In Division Two leaders Rugby had no game but there were wins for Westwood Rhinos and Team Rebels who gained revenge at Trojans 3 for their defeat seven days earlier. The Hereward visitors were much stronger than their previous trip to the College and were in control until Trojans hit ten between them inside two minutes to bring the scores to 49-55, before Rebels had the last laugh. Rhinos were too good for Nuneaton Predators and took the first and last quarters to land a 60-46 win with James Todd sparkling on 24 as Rhinos consolidated their second spot.

TROJANS AND HAWKS STILL ON THE RISE – RUGBY STILL UNBEATEN

Two local derbies brought positive results for the high-flyers in Division One as the pressure mounts at the top.

Tile Hill Trojans 1 beat their second string with the utmost of ease, with Trojans 2 having their evening ruined as three of their squad cried off with work calls, and the two potential replacements from the Third team were both nursing nasty finger injuries. But the remaining seven turned out and had the temerity to go ahead in what was a sluggish start by both teams. However, once the league leaders managed to get going they tore into their seconds and led 39-10 just after the initial quarter had finished, going on to pressure their colleagues, steal or intercept passes and race to the other end to cash in. Leading the way was Mark Larner who took the ball time and again from inside his own half before driving through to land some sublime points for the Firsts. He went on to record 27 with Austin Dickson adding 15 and 12 coming from Seconds’ Bhuwan Limbu as his side floundered.

Despite being short on their team-bench Hawks proved too good for plucky JM Grizzlies who were once both part of the oldest club in the Warwickshire Basketball League. Grizzlies were planning to spend a season in Division Two but went up as part of a league reorganisation and have struggled throughout the season. They came good against their former parent club though and led 18-17 after the first period. Hawks edged ahead in the second, which brought little for the scorer to inscribe, and as the game moved into the second-half scoring was still something of a rarity. Hawks the initiative though to lead 51-36, when Harry Adaway brought Grizzlies offensive play to life. He added three three-pointers to make it six in the game and as Grizzlies reduced the margin to ten, but it was too little too late for what would have been a sensational ending. Ricky Fennell led Hawks with 26, one more than Calvin Moore while Adaway’s 24 was some consolation for Grizzlies.

Arden Griffins faced a proverbial “banana-skin” at Coventry College until the final quarter when Sam Workman broke the College hearts with some sublime shooting which spearheaded a Griffins’ burst to take the points. Workman was the star of a 17-3 run inside five minutes to floor the Coventry side and keep alive Griffins’ hopes of landing the title.

Five-man Cracovia Stratford put up a tremendous showing at Tamworth, but despite their heroics, they could not prevent Tigers from chalking up win number eight. It was 51-51 inside the second-half, when Neil Evans suddenly plundered three triples to open it up as the Stratford quintet ran out of steam. Tigers went on to win 90-70 but the bulk of their scoring came in those final fifteen minutes.

In Division Two Rugby Rage continued their unbeaten run with a 78-41 home win over Nuneaton Predators with Guntars Trabliks hitting 21 points, and Mike Kearsley was the star for Westwood Rhinos who whipped Tile Hill Trojans 3 56-27 at Hereward College.

TROJANS EASING TOWARDS FIFTH TITLE

The odds were stacked against Arden Griffins when they lost their home court advantage against the unbeaten league leaders and then found one of their top scorers Luke Hatfield was unavailable for the match, billed by many as a potential title decider.

With St Peter’s College unavailable they travelled to Hereward College, and were instantly buoyed by the news that Trojans were without three of their leading players so the scene was set for a thriller, and all the focus was on this one as it was the only fixture being played during the half-term break.

After the initial exchanges brought very little, Trojans exploded and rattled in 13 points before Griffins responded, but there was no holding Ash Dickson as he converted virtually everything thrown to him and took his side to a 27-13 first-quarter lead. Griffins’ hot-shot Paul Roberts was being shackled by Trojans’ Alex Hernandez Rico and was finding the going tough as the Spaniard prevented him getting many shots away. When the second period began it was once again the home side in control, but suddenly the tide turned as Arden found the target to set Trojans floundering as scoring, that had been easy became difficult and the fight-back was on. Started by Jerry Sanghera and complemented by Sam Workman, Griffins piled on the pressure and brought it back to 41-37 just before half-time when the question around the court was who would be in charge after the break.

Trojans opened well again as Mark Larner came good to glide home some graceful lay-ups. He and Dickson led the offensive line with Austin Dickson and Hernandez Rico providing the defensive tenacity as the tension and physicality mounted. Workman had to leave the court feeling under the weather, then Roberts finally found the net for only the second time, but it was Trojans who asserted themselves once more to take their lead to twenty at 71-51. Sanghera came into the picture again, but this time it was only a token as the men in red kept their cool. At the end, Roberts downed only his second triple, before Ben Okenwa wrapped things up for the home side.

Hopefully, when the two do battle next time, they will both have a full squad, but the victory means that, barring a slip up against one of the other sides in the division – and they have to go to Aylesford yet, the fifth title in seven seasons could be just around the corner.

Scorers:
Trojans – Ash Dickson 29, Larner 20, Okenwa 13, Austin Dickson 8, Hernandez Rico 6, Robinson 6, Bello 0.
Griffins – Sanghera 20, Workman 16, Roberts 13, Forrest 8, Mirza 5, Quinn 2 Samuels 1, Cordon 0.

FLYING HAWKS REJOIN TITLE RACE

Aylesford Hawks soared back into contention for the league title with a brace of victories on the road and now sit in second place behind the unbeaten leaders Tile Hill Trojans 1.

Hawks won both of their games, at Ernesford Eagles and Warwick China Red by thirty points and were in control from the first tip, particularly at Woodlands where Warwick China Red were no match for the five-time Champions, and the league’s oldest Club are desperate to make it six as they celebrate fifty years of local play. They raced into a massive match-winning 30-6 lead to leave the University students gasping, and the pace, set mainly by the flying Ricky Fennell was relentless. It understandably slowed after this initial burst, but China Red had no answer to him and colleagues Matt Glover and Calvin Moore – the trio responsible for 67 of the total which saw Hawks win 77-47.

It was not quite the same at Bilton School where Ernesford, normally hosting at Grace Academy in Coventry were entertaining, and the game proved to be just that. Hawks, for once were pegged back after their quick-fire start and although Eagles could not match them, they gave a good account of themselves, trailing by four just ahead of the first break. But Hawks then took off and flew into an impressive 43-24 lead by half-time with Fennell again the driving force behind their offensive play. It continued after the interval with Aylesford having most things their own way and Fennell, who had slammed 34 against China Red, added a further eight three-pointers on his way to 38 to send Ernesford packing. The action contained twenty-one triples, four of them coming from Eagles’ debutant Suluman Charley to go with the three downed by their top scorer Ben Clarke in his 20 points.

Eagles fared much better when they took on Cracovia Stratford and did everything right – until the last few minutes when they let slip a six-point lead to go down 62-65. Jamie Summers was consistent throughout for Stratford to finish on 32, but no points in the final five minutes cost Eagles an unexpected victory.

Tile Hill Trojans 1 had little trouble at JM Grizzlies where they grabbed a 100-49 win, despite being without their leading scorer Ash Dickson. Instead the honour of leading Trojans offense went to younger brother Austin and he excelled with a superb 34 point haul, 21 coming in the first half when Trojans raced into a 52-30 lead. After the interval they turned it on again to run up a 23-6 quarter and hit the hundred mark with the last scoring shot of the game.

Leamington Spartans consolidated their mid-table position with a hard-earned 63-51 win at Trojans 2. There was little between the pair until the third quarter when Spartans offence clicked and they rattled in a 15-0 burst to seal the game. An even point spread saw Michael O’Neill, Adrian Ungereanu and Claudio Rossi equally sharing 36 and Ben Linnett leading Trojans with 16.

Division Two strugglers Nuneaton and Trojans 3 without a game when their fixture was called off with a cricket net stuck across the Jubilee Centre court. Westwood Rhinos did make it though, and they crushed Team Rebels 50-29.

SPARTANS SPARKLE IN HANDICAP CUP WIN

Leamington Spartans were the toast of the town after knocking the holders and favourites Arden Griffins out of the Handicap Cup.
Spartans were only formed in the summer and applied for Division Two status but in a big shuffle, this division was merged with the top flight, and, after being thrust in with the big boys, they have more than acquitted themselves. But the Handicap Cup is a great leveller and, armed with their thirty point start, they set about preserving their debuting status in the competition against Griffins, who boast two of the league’s leading scorers in Luke Hatfield and Paul Roberts.

Spartans have fielded a full complement of players so far, but were robbed of the services of leader Claudio Rossi in the opening half with an ankle injury, but the rest gave their all for the cause and none more so than Michael O’Neill who calmness personified at the free-throw line at the end to win it for the home side. Griffins set about their task with earnest and pulled back nine before Leamington had troubled the scorer, but once they managed to get going, they stemmed the flow and stopped the “hot-shots” to lead by two additional points at 58-26.

They were clinical from the line, dropping in six from six on the way to a half-time lead at 67-34. Roberts and Hatfield came out bombing in the second-half and they took the game by the scruff of its neck, closing the gap to twelve at 77-65, and setting it all up for a grand finale. But once more Spartans stopped them and Roberts failed to find the target in the last ten minutes as the pressure increased. It was back to two with a minute left, then one as Leamington tried to keep the ball and hang on to a famous win. Then O’Neill was fouled and went to the line with seconds remaining. They both went up and in to give Griffins the ball but now trailing by three, and with a last chance to take it to overtime. They drove, shot, rebounded and tried again but failed to penetrate the hoop and Spartans had won it 90-87.

O’Neill only scored six points but what an important contribution he made, particularly in those dying seconds as Leamington took their place in the semi-finals, leaving Arden to try again – uncharacteristically in the Plate competition.

Tile Hill Trojans 1, conceded forty, but had no trouble in brushing aside Coventry Tornadoes and the league leaders were in total control from the off, pressurising Tornadoes to hit them with a 34-2 opening quarter. Ash Dickson led the charge with 40 himself as Trojans recovered the handicap and took the lead on the stroke of half-time at 59-57 as Tornadoes floundered. Things got worse for the Hereward visitors who lost Tom Knibbs with a knee injury as Trojans cashed in, with Farouk Bello getting more court-time than usual and repaying coach Robinson with 21 points as Austin Dickson backed up his brother with 19.

Coventry College took apart Cracovia Stratford, pulling back their fifteen point handicap in the first quarter to go ahead and steam away from there to win 92-72 with Vaidas Cerkunovas grabbing 41. Tamworth Tigers make up the semi-finalists following their 75-64 win at Trojans 2. The home side led 20-0 on handicap and Tigers hunted them down with Lukasz Bolda firing them as he made 35 of their points.

TRABLIKS FIRES RUGBY TO NINTH WIN

Former All-star Guntars Trabliks rolled back the years as Division Two leaders Rugby Rage, despite fielding an under-strength team, managed to grab all three points against Westwood Rhinos.
Rage were without three starters and their coach but began with aplomb at The XCEL Centre, racing into a 17-8 lead as their hosts floundered, and they had increased this to 34-18 when Rhinos finally managed to get their act together, reducing the deficit to ten just inside the second half. Trabliks and company stemmed the flow, but Rhinos, with Mike Kearsley in fine form came back again to within five this time at 44-39 before the pair hit stalemate as they countered each other. Holding onto their lead Rage kept their cool but Rhinos kept pegging away as the final minute arrived, then the buzzer halted their charge as they went down 69-61 with Trabliks making 32 for Rage and Kearsley 26 for Rhinos.
The other game in the second division saw Tile Hill Trojans 3 chalk up a rare win and it was second-placed Team Rebels on the receiving end as veteran Trevor Robinson landed 32 points in his side’s 69-50 success.

Trojans first team marched on at the top of Division One and, despite being short of players and their usual high standards, they overcame Ernesford Eagles 72-42 in a match which lacked sparkle, particularly in the second quarter which Eagles won. It was Trojans’ second-half performance which saw them home as they powered from 39-30 to 70-37 with Austin Dickson and Scott Owen dropping in seven three-pointers between them as they supported the game’s top scorer Ash Dickson who made 23.

Arden Griffins experienced few problems as they kept up the pressure at the top with a 93-51 win over JM Grizzlies. Griffins hurtled to 34-16 in a free-flowing fixture at St Peter’s School, and brushed aside their visitors challenge as they coasted home, led by Sam Workman on 25 and Luke Hatfield who made 23.

It was a similar story at Coventry College where leading scorer Vaidas Cerkunovas was back in form with 42 points in College’s 98-54 win over Coventry Tornadoes. Tamworth Tigers had to work for their victory though, as Trojans 2 held them at bay for three of the four periods. It was then that coach Darren Mortiboy brought his star player back from the bench and left it to Lukasz Bolda to run riot in the final quarter. This saw Tigers home 73-58 and Bolda finished with 31 points as Ben Linnett countered for Trojans with four triples in his 16.

Aylesford Hawks found dual match-winners in the form of Matt Glover (30 points) and Ricky Fennell (29) as they took maximum points from Cracovia Stratford, despite another fine 28 points coming from Stratford’s Jamie Summers. Hawks shot into a 30-10 lead and never looked back as they eased to an 88-69 win. Warwick China Red made it two from two as they added the scalp of Leamington Spartans to their tally with a 62-45 success at Newbold Comyn. It was once again the opening quarter which proved Spartans’ undoing as China red went fourteen up and were never caught.

FORMER CHAMPIONS RAISE TITLE HOPES

Aylesford Hawks and Arden Griffins are both former champions, both contenders for this season’s titles and both slammed in over a hundred to keep up the pressure on unbeaten leaders Tile Hill Trojans 1.
As expected, following the merging of the two divisions, the top of table has a familiar look with Griffins playing “catch-up” after having several games postponed before Christmas, and looking threatening when they demolished Cracovia Stratford just after half-time. They hit the “Bards” into touch as they moved from 48-35 to 71-42 in the space of six minutes, with “hot-shot” Paul Roberts adding six more triples to his already impressive season’s tally, and that was that.
Roberts ended the game with 21, as Sam Workman took the honours on 29, but spare a thought for young Jamie Summers who toiled all night for his 33 in the black of Stratford, but could not muster enough support to stop the rout.

Aylesford Hawks had their match-winner in back-to-form Ricky Fennell, who totalled 40 as Hawks downed Coventry Tornadoes 102-55. Fennell has been nursing a knee injury of late but he returned with a vengeance, much to Tornadoes’ cost, and, with Matt Glover making 24 in support, they rejected everything that the Coventry side could throw at them. Leading 22-7 after one period, they extended their lead in the second before turning it on in the final quarter to grab 37 points in the thrilling finale which saw them cross the hundred mark in the final seconds.

It was tough at Hereward College as defences dominated when Trojans 1 entertained Coventry College. Both sides were guilty of missing easy chances but the physical offerings more than made up for it as College gave their all in an attempt to upset the current Champions. Trojans took the game 60-48, but were completely at sea when they went 19-5 down in the opening eight minutes. Recovering their composure, they bounced back in the second to take a 32-30 lead when Mark Larner dropped in a couple of efforts, and, as College struggled to stay with them, Trojans opened up a winning gap in the third, but could not breathe comfortably until the dying minutes when the College offense petered out. Ash Dickson led them home on 18, while the defensive tactic of stopping the high-flying Vaidas Cerkunovas worked well as he managed just 17 for College.

JM Grizzlies finally broke their duck with a narrow 59-54 win at Warwick China Red after a thrilling encounter ebbed and flowed as the pair battled for supremacy. There was little to choose between the two throughout but in the final run-in Grizzlies found the missing ingredient and the smiles at the end said it all. It was a similar story at Grace Academy where Ernesford Eagles grabbed the opportunity to get back on court the 67-43 score going in their favour, at the expense of Tile Hill Trojans 2. It was 37-35 to Trojans before an amazing Eagles 23-0 run killed off visiting ambitions.

Tamworth Tigers had little trouble at Leamington where Spartans offensive play was in short supply. Tigers play it tough and Spartans could not find a way through their visitors back-line, as Lukas Bolda led the visitors home on 15 points.

GRIFFINS LEAVE IT LATE BUT GRAB POINTS

Arden Griffins, the nearest challengers to Coventry’s Tile Hill Trojans 1 had to pull out all the stops against Aylesford Hawks before winning 96-79 to maintain their title hopes.
Hawks had skipper Ricky Fennell back in their ranks despite nursing a knee injury which had kept him out for two weeks, and he is hoping that the Christmas break will give it time to recover before the league matches resume. Fennell is key to good performances at Hawks, but the team were certainly no Christmas turkeys as they battled to contain Griffins’ hot-shots Paul Roberts and Luke Hatfield who rattled in nine three-pointers between them as the game ebbed and flowed.

It was 20-19 at the end of the first quarter and 42-44 by the half-time interval. With nothing to choose between them Hawks went two up at the final break before Griffins turned on the taps and scored two to every one of their visitors with the result making the game look a little one-sided. But this was not the case. Griffins’ captain Jack Forrest said afterwards that it was a great game for the neutral and certainly not as comfortable as it looks. Hawks finally ran out of steam and managed just one point in the final two minutes, when Arden were on the charge. Hatfield led with 25 as Roberts added six triples in his 22, with George Pool landing 20 for Hawks.

Meanwhile, leaders Trojans met up with Leamington Spartans for the first time and put their hosts to the sword with a resounding 90-47 win. The league’s newest club struggled from the off as Trojans, with three national league players in their ranks stormed out of the blocks to lead 27-10, and their tough defensive play coupled with an impressive offence took them to 46-19 by half-time. Spartans gave as good as they got in the third quarter before Trojans took the initiative in the last ten minutes to pull away again. Austin Dickson led for the Coventry side with 26 points and Richard Onions made 25 as former Trojan Michael O’Neill led Spartans with 14.

Coventry College finished one short of the hundred against Warwick China Red with Vaidas Cerkunovas starring once again landing 40 of their points. It was a tough ask for the University students to compete with the experienced Coventry side and it showed as the home side won all four quarters, virtually doubling their opponents’ score in each one before going onto land the points 99-49.

Both Coventry Tornadoes and Tamworth Tigers enjoyed home victories, with Tornadoes leaving JM Grizzles languishing at the bottom of the league still searching for their first win. Grizzlies are not being helped by their inability to score free-shots and their 7 from 21 attempts was a poor return as Tornadoes landed two-thirds of their shots to seal a 75-60 win with a flurry of baskets in the last four minutes. Michael Stokes led on 25 with Tom Anderson on 23 and Ashley Dawson headed the Grizzlies’ list with 14.

Rugby Rage head to the Christmas break unbeaten at the top of Division Two and their latest victim were Nuneaton Predators who were no match for their guests, as were Westwood Rhinos who fell to Team Rebels 48-70.