Category: Press Report

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.

HAWKS SINK CLAWS INTO TIGERS TO TAKE POINTS

Tamworth Tigers almost pulled off one of their best wins for many a year but were
beaten 65-61 by Aylesford Hawks in a gripping contest at The Rawlett Centre.
The Warwick side are on a good run with just one defeat so far in their 50th campaign, but they
have been robbed of the services of their leading scorer Ricky Fennell who has a serious knee
injury. They also travelled to Tamworth with some players arriving late due to motorway
congestion, and took on the improving Tigers who are certainly earning their stripes since their
promotion to Division One. And it was the home side who dominated the early stages, racing into
a 23-11 lead as Hawks struggled to find their range.
They did eventually get going and had reduced the deficit to one at 25-24 by half-time before
Tigers roared away with four three-pointers in the third quarter. Back came the Hawks who were
now beginning to fly but their play became a little ragged as a flurry of fouls gave Tigers freeshooting
opportunities from the line. However, the home side were flagging and had their own
problems with leader Lukasz Bolda in foul trouble.
He departed with his full allocation of five just inside the final quarter, when Hawks found their
match-winner in George Pool who brought groans of admiration from the Tigers’ bench with a
quartet of triples himself to put Hawks two up. Man of the match Calvin Moore pushed one
through the hoop to ease Hawks ahead inside the last minute and they hung on the take home
three more precious points with Moore leading on 22 and Pool adding 21 whilst it could have been
so different if Bolda, who led Tigers on 28 had stayed around a little longer.
One unwanted record was bound to go as Tile Hill Trojans 2 finally manage break their losing
sequence when they hosted also winless JM Grizzles from Warwick. Trojans had doubled their
opponents’ total at 32-16 before half-time and after a poor third quarter from both sides, Grizzlies
looked as if they could upset the apple cart as they closed to 46-43, but Trojans hit the next three
baskets and that was that. former Grizzlies junior Ben Linnett sparkled with 19 points for Trojans
with Ricky Kular hitting a purple patch in the middle to lead Grizzlies total on 9.
Coventry College were held by Ernesford Eagles for a while, but the league’s leading scorer Vaidas
Cerkunovas put paid to any thoughts Eagles had of landing the points as he added another 38 to
his impressive season’s tally as College took it 73-57, despite 24 from Ben Clarke at the other end.
The showdown between Arden and Trojans 1 was called off when the Griffins’ court was made
unavailable at St Peters, so Trojans 3 took advantage by having veteran Trevor Robinson available
for their home game against Westwood Rhinos in Division Two. Trojans won 54-49 as Robinson
chipped in 15 points, but was bettered by Mike Buckley’s 16, this being matched by Rhinos’ James
Todd as Rhinos just fell short after a good fight-back in the final quarter.

SECONDS AWAY – BUT THEY LOSE ON POINTS!

With their first team unbeaten and topping the league Tile Hill Trojans 2 were hoping they could get onto the victory trail themselves when they travelled the short distance to Woodlands, but Warwick China Red had other ideas.

The match was played, as usual with China Red, at a fast and furious pace, but the students from Warwick University had to fight all the way before coming from behind to beat Trojans’ seconds 64-56, a win which they did not look like achieving as the game entered the final quarter.

It had been nail-biting all through, but Trojans had sneaked ahead to lead 44-39 and they looked to be in control as China Red floundered. But it all turned in two minutes as the home side’s shots began to drop and suddenly it was the visitors’ turn to panic as they now trailed 44-51. Egis Baliunas pulled them back with a strong inside game but their hosts went again and desperation crept into the Tile Hill play. But they made it four points down with three minutes left and it was game on once more, but that was where Warwick China Red found that the net was in receiving mode and they saw themselves home with a late flurry.

Baliunas hit 18 for Trojans as Nolan and Zhuang shared 30 for China Red who finally got their elusive first win.

JM Grizzles also went in search of their opening victory and almost pulled it off against Cracovia Stratford, before falling 56-58 to their local rivals. Grizzles coach Ian A’Kempis was most unhappy with his side’s second period performance which brought them just three points, and cost them the lead as Stratford took control to move six clear going into the final quarter. Grizzles hit hard to grab the initiative at 52-48 but missed free-shots and a burst of activity at the other end saw Stratford return home with the points.

Tamworth Tigers took their full squad to Tile Hill where Trojans 1 showed their class to thwart the offensive play of their visitors. Coming out of the trap like greyhounds to lead by ten after five minutes, Trojans stalled and were pegged back as Tigers made it 27-21 before their offense was shut out and the home side made a run which brought the interval scores to 40-23. Then it took Trojans almost seven minutes to notch their first points of the third quarter before normality returned to Hereward College and they regained control of the Tiger’s hoop to ease home 68-44.

Arden Griffins visited Leamington for the first time and showed Spartans why they are up there with the best at the top of the division. Griffins won 92-58 with a super show from their leading scorers. Paul Roberts landed another five three-pointers, taking him to over forty for the season and his 23 point haul was well supported by Sam Workman and Luke Hatfield who both grabbed 19, while Michael O’Neill had a good spell to land 12 for the league’s newest club.

HAWKS GROUNDED AS TROJANS SOAR

It could have been billed “The Clash of the Titans” but the first big game of the season featured Trojans and Hawks with the result going the way of Coventry’s leading side.

Tile Hill Trojans are almost as old as Aylesford Hawks, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, and their rivalry has spanned that time with first one, then the other reigning supreme. So, with a build-up which conjured up memories of some of the battles that have taken place over nearly half a century, they lined up at Hereward College, both defending unbeaten records.

There are no draws in basketball so something was going to give and it was not so much blood and thunder, but plenty of thunder as the two went head-to-head from the off. Trojans bossed things initially, racing into a 9-0 lead before Hawks found their range. Then the game came alight as the pair slugged it out. Sitting on a 34-19 advantage it looked good for the home side, but Hawks rallied to get to within six at 56-50 as former Trojans youngster George Poole now showing poise and power took control of the ball and Hawks stemmed the flow at the other end of the court.

Now it was all on the final quarter, but a fifth foul in the first minute put Hawks top scorer Ricky Fennell on the bench, and Matt Glover nursing a sore groin as Trojans seized the moment and cashed in. Richard Onions, having his best game for many a month led the charge as time closed in, and the home side finishing with a 16-4 period which saw the final score reading 78-56. Onions made 24 points with a massive contribution coming at the defensive end, and he was well supported with Ash Dickson’s 20, while beleaguered Hawks had Poole’s 15 at the top of their list.

With Trojans now clear at the top the focus moved to second place and Coventry College took that spot as Arden Griffins had their court closed at short notice. College played host to Trojans 2 and the gulf between them was emphasised in the result, with College taking a 76-49 win. The strong College side opened up a 40-19 lead by half-time and extended this by ten without reply to put the result beyond doubt as Vaidas Cerkunovas led on 27.

Tamworth Tigers have found comfort in Division One with several new recruits coming on board for their first season in the top flight for a long time, and their height, power and overall supremacy showed when they went to JM Grizzles who must be wondering what they have to do to get their first win on the board. Grizzlies were undone in the first quarter as three-pointers rained in at both ends, and Tigers grabbing seven to their hosts’ three to see the half-time score reading 37-30 in favour of the Staffordshire side before a surge in the third period took them clear and on to a 72-57 win.

Victories for Leamington Spartans and Cracovia Stratford saw them move up the table with Coventry Tornadoes and Ernesford Eagles being the respective victims in these two games, while a last minute effort from Iain Maxwell was off-target and that gave the points to Nuneaton Predators in the thrilling game at The Jubilee Centre in Division Two’s only fixture.

EAGLES SEEK PLAYERS BUT GET VITAL WIN

It could have gone either way, but with some frantic defensive play, Ernesford Eagles held out to deny a first win of the season for JM Grizzles.

Eagles, one of Coventry’s oldest club sides are desperate for new players, but the ones who showed up at The Bridge Sports Centre in Warwick fought as if their lives depended on it as Grizzles tried to claim that elusive victory to kick-start their season.

The end result was a narrow 47-45 win for Eagles in a game which saw the scores moving in tandem throughout, after Grizzles had recovered from a wretched start which left them 12-3 down. Coach Ian A’Kempis rotated his players regularly, giving them all court time as the two sides slugged it out, and a 26-26 half-time was followed by an almost single-handed scoring performance from Ben Clarke who took Eagles to the brink with three minutes left and an eight point advantage. But he fouled out as the tempo increased and Grizzlies pressed. Free shots resulted from the fouls, with all bar one converted by the youngsters playing alongside veteran Steve Impey and suddenly Warwick were back at 45-45.

Kareem Lee dropped one in as the seconds ticked away to put Eagles ahead once more but despite a last ditch effort, Grizzles could not land the one they wanted and Eagles landed safely.
Clarke led them with 22 points and Mauro Goncalves did his bit with 19, but it was on defense where they excelled, keeping Grizzles at bay with only Richard McMylor in double figures on 11.

Top scorer Lukasz Bolda picked up two unsportsmanlike fouls in the opening fifteen minutes of Tamworth Tigers biggest game so far which saw him leave the arena and this gave Tigers the near impossible task of getting something from their home game against high-flying Arden Griffins. It was, however, a thoroughly entertaining game which was, as usual dominated by the three-point shooting of Griffins hot-shots Luke Hatfield and Paul Roberts.

With Tigers in the hunt at 32-34 the dynamic duo let fly and hurtled to 48-67 as Tigers offense floundered. But they charged in the final quarter with a flurry of baskets getting them to within nine points before the experienced Griffins closed it out to go top, Hatfield grabbing 34 and Roberts 19.

Mixed success seems to follow Tile Hill Trojans around at the moment with the first team culling all around them and the seconds going the other way. Trojans 1 nailed Tornadoes to the mast as Ash Dickson led them to another ton, while Aylesford Hawks showed they are not to be discounted as they continued their unbeaten run with a comfortable win at Hereward College thanks largely to 45 from an impressive Ricky Fennell. Warwick China Red saw negativity as they crashed at home to Cracovia Stratford as the visitors dominated the second half to win with ease.

Division Two leaders Rugby Rage had to come from behind to beat Tile Hill Trojans 3 but eventually wore down their hosts with Guntars Trabliks leading the way on 24, and Westwood Rhinos got over the line with a 68-57 win over Nuneaton Predators.

ELITE TEAMS SPARKLE IN POINTS SPREE

As the elite teams continue to crush those who were promoted from Division Two, the
gulf between them was emphasised in the results of the latest round of games.

Such is the gulf in the strength, skill and power of the top four sides against the rest, that most
are already fighting it out for minor placings in the new-style Division One which has seen the
entire second tier elevated to create a more diverse competition and replace the mundane regular
meetings which were becoming established in the past couple of seasons.
A look at the league table suggests a few are bucking this trend, but they have yet to come up
against the powerhouses of Warwickshire Basketball although this will happen very soon as the
fixtures offer a variety of opportunities to them to test their ability.

This was evident in all of the recent fixtures, where Tile Hill Trojans, Aylesford Hawks and Arden
Griffins, who have shared the Championship title between themselves for the past seven years, all
crushed their opposition, and only Tamworth Tigers made their hosts sweat, before they went
down 78-72 at Coventry College. It was a shame for Tigers, who had half of their team delayed
on the M42 and the game had already started when they arrived in Bell Green to find College 17-4
ahead. The remaining players, devoid of the usual warm-up buckled down and gave College a
tough time, winning the second and third periods before capitulating in the final minutes as the
Coventry side dropped in enough points to stave off any embarrassment and send Tigers home
frustrated.

Elsewhere, Trojans 1 hammered JM Grizzles with several double-figure bursts, and Aylesford
made the lives of Warwick China Red difficult from the start as they raced into a 25-5 first quarter
lead before ending the first half on 44-12. Arden travelled to Coventry Tornadoes who were blown
away with an equally devastating display, Griffins taking the final quarter 31-3 as three-pointers
once more rained down on the Tornadoes’ basket.

Leamington Spartans had to come from behind in the last few minutes to get the better of Tile Hill
Trojans 2 who will be ruing the missed shots and turnovers which followed them around in the
run-in to the buzzer. Trojans were eight ahead with five minutes left when their offensive play
dried up and seventeen points rattled through their hoop before the end.

Cracovia Stratford proved too hot for Ernesford Eagles, who are desperate to bring in new players
to give them a stronger squad and help them compete. Those who made the trip to Stratford tried
their best, but Eagles, without Ben Clarke look weak and in for a tough time. Stratford, on the
other hand looked good, particularly either side of half-time when they took the score from 13-11
to 56-21 before switching off and letting Eagles get something from the fixture.

There was a dream debut for Andreas Papadrosos who slammed home 45 points for Rebels as
they beat Westwood Rhinos 67-56, while Nuneaton crashed 60-88 to Rugby Rage , both in
Division Two.

GRIFFINS SHOW CLASS TO GRAB RECORD SCORE

Arden Griffins were back to their best and hit the highest score in a Warwickshire
Basketball League game for seven years as they slammed Tile Hill Trojans 2 126-50.
And it was a personal best by far for Griffins’ sharp-shooter Paul Roberts, who downed twelve
three-pointers on his way to a 38 point total as he left Trojans players watching on in awe, hurling
them in from almost every part of the court.
It was obviously going to be an exciting affair as both he and Trojans’ Ben Linnett had two triples
apiece inside four minutes, but the Arden man was able to continue his barrage, with a display
which saw Griffins eclipse all the other high scores which have been run-up since WU Lithuanians
hammered Onley 150-51 back in 2011.
Both sides put on a thrilling first quarter which saw Griffins leading 38-24, but a switch in
defensive play to man-to-man marking, completely stifled the Trojans offensive play leading to
single-figure returns in the ensuing periods as the Solihull side made hay. Not to be outdone by
his colleague, Sam Workman also found the target more than once to bag 34 points for Griffins
with Bhuwan Limbu leading for Trojans on14.
Trojans first team fared much better in their home fixture against Warwick China Red, coming out
94-50 winners as the League Champions cashed in on their height, experience and skill
advantages to thwart the plucky students. Already ahead and on their way to victory, the fourth
quarter brought a 27-4 burst for Trojans for whom Ash Dickson scored 18 and returning Scott
Owen 16.
Leamington Spartans came out in top in the first local derby against JM Grizzlies from Warwick. It
was Grizzlies’ inability to capitalise on their free shooting which cost them the game. They went to
the line 27 times and hit just 9 of these attempts before going down 43-40.
Coventry College showed Cracovia Stratford how it should be done as they travelled to the Bard’s
town and returned with an 88-74 win. Stratford are building a good side full of potential, but the
College held too many aces and took the points on the back of a 23-12 final quarter which broke
the resistance of the home side despite 28 coming from Jamie Summers.
But still leading the way at the top of the table are Tamworth Tigers, who have yet to meet the
elite sides in the re-vamped competition. Tigers are basking in the glory of a 100% record from
three games, with their latest success coming at Tornadoes where they crushed the home side
79-48 after an opening blitz which took them 25-12 ahead.
Rugby Rage edged past Tile Hill Trojans 3 51-48 in Division Two to continue their unbeaten run,
and Team Rebels were far too strong for Nuneaton Predators and they chalked up an impressive
76-55 first win of their campaign.