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TOP TWO TO CLASH IN CUP!

The holders of the Bob Castledine Memorial Handicap Cup versus the past winners sets the scene for Round One of the 2019-20 competition. Then add to that it’s the past winners of the Warwickshire Basketball League versus the previous winners and you could not get a better build-up to the game which takes place at Hereward College on Monday night. All the other ties take place next week too, apart from the fixture at The XCEL where Westwood have had to call off their home game with Nuneaton 1 after being denied their court for booking reasons. In this week’s fixtures JM Grizzlies were awarded the points in their game with Rhinos after the Westwood club could not field a side. Where there WAS action Nuneaton were real Predators as they stole the points in the dying minutes at Ernesford last Friday. Leamington and China Red both gained valuable victories and Tornadoes’ tale of woe continued when Eagles soared over them. Division One leaders Arden and Tile Hill 1 both had wins too and it was a good week for Leamington who did the “double” over Trojans with 2 and 3 going down to Spartans.

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National League

Division Three           Coventry Flames 91-84 Birmingham Mets

University of Wolverhampton 76-85 Warwickshire Hawks

Under 16                 Warwickshire Hawks 40-63 Coventry Tornadoes

Coventry Elite 91-76 Sevenoaks Suns

Youth Basketball League (YBL)

Under 17                 Coventry Elite 53-97 West Bromwich Basketball

Coventry Tornadoes 114-52 Stourport Spartans

Under 15                 Coventry Elite 65-34 Yardley Defenders

Tamworth Tigers 29-84 Warwickshire Hawks

Nuneaton Predators 77-54 Walsall 99ers

Coventry Tornadoes 53-47 Bromsgrove Bears

Under 13             Yardley Defenders 41-46 Warwickshire Hawks

Coventry Elite 69-28 Nuneaton Predators

Coventry Tornadoes 86-47 Bourneville Bears

HAWKS DANCE WITH WOLVES AND FLAMES NET THE METS……                       

Warwickshire Hawks made a wretched start to their away fixture in the National League Division Three when they slipped to 13-28 at University of Birmingham, and it cost them the points as they finished on the wrong end of an 85-76 result.

Despite winning the second quarter 25-14 they could not break the Wolves’ resistance as Hawks’ scoring was once again led by Curtis Hadley who made 22 points and Austin Dickson 14.

They finally play at home tomorrow (Saturday) when they entertain Sheffield Sabres at 5pm at Moreton Morrell where they are looking to attract a good crowd.

For further information on Hawks Contact Alex Birch…………..Telephone 07525853423

Coventry Flames got their act in order to defeat Birmingham Mets II 91-84 with a controlled display despite being threatened in the third quarter by their visitors.

Coach Rob Eddon was delighted with the result, for his side contains nine players  who hail from the City and most of the squad are under 23. Flames had a purple patch when they took a 54-42 lead into the interval, and despite losing the third they kept their nerve to get the win. Flames travel to Dronfield Sports Centre this weekend for their game against Derbyshire Arrows U23.

All Flames’ details can be obtained from Rob Eddonac2704@coventry.ac.uk

WALKING BASKETBALL CONTINUES EACH TUESDAY….

Walking Basketball, sessions began last Tuesday morning at Woodlands Academy and continues each week for the foreseeable future. This is a series of one-hour programmes which commence at 10am caters for the Over 50 age group of players. The cost is £4 and spaces are limited so if you know anyone who might be interested in joining up tell them to e mail for details …… info@trojansbasketball.co.uk.

IT’S DÉJÀ VU FOR GRIFFINS!

The second-half of the season started as the first half ended with Arden Griffins, and Luke Hatfield (pictured) dominating things court-wise, this time with a resounding win over Aylesford Hawks. Leamington Spartans had to call off their visit to Tile Hill with more than half of their team still enjoying their Continental trips, but Warwick China Red managed to get six players back in time to entertain Tile Hill Trojans 2 who made them pay for their shortages. Tamworth Tigers enjoyed their return to the action with Neil Evans in sparkling form from outside the arc as Tigers left Rage floundering at Rawlett to go into second place in the table. JM Grizzlies blasted Nuneaton’s youngsters out of it with a “ton” of points at Jubilee and hooray for Leamington 2 who gained their econd win at the expense of Coventry Tornadoes as two other games were called off due to court problems and Eagles dare tonight as Nuneaton 1 come to town. Please note Aylesford Hawks tip-off time is 8.00pm NOT 8.15pm as previously advertised

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National League

Division Three           Coventry Flames 57-79 City of Birmingham

Mansfield Giants 66-95 Warwickshire Hawks

Under 18                 Rutland Thunder 62-109 Coventry Elite

Under 16                 Warwickshire Hawks 48-50 Northants Titans Purple

Coventry Elite 42-74 West Bromwich Albion

Coventry Tornadoes 65-67 City of Birmingham Rockets II

 Youth Basketball League (YBL)

Under 17                 Coventry Elite 54-43 Team SLAM

Under 15                 Coventry Tornadoes 102-33 Leadonites D Squad

Under 13                 Yardley Defenders 69-14 Arden Griffins

HAWKS SLAY GIANTS AND FLAMES DOUSED……           

Warwickshire Hawks bounced back to form with a thrilling away victory at Mansfield Giants after three pre-Christmas defeats in the National League Division Three. Hawks were led by Curtis Hadley who slotted home 31 points in a game which saw them leading 50-37 at half-time, before a great third quarter brought them a 27-11 domination of the Giants with an even final period closing the game. Mark Yates added 14 and Austin Dickson 11. They go on the road again this weekend with a fixture at University of Wolverhampton. For further information on Hawks Contact Alex Birch…………..Telephone 07525853423

Coventry Flames crashed to their sixth loss when they went down 57-79 at home to City of Birmingham Rockets. Flames struggled from the off and found themselves 24-15 adrift with ten minutes on the clock and an equally poor second period left them with too much to do to pick up anything from the game. After trailing 47-30, they made a fist of it after the break but COB were too canny and took home the points as Anderson made 17 and Samuel 11 for the home side.

All Flames’ details can be obtained from Rob Eddonac2704@coventry.ac.uk

GET REGISTERED NOW…….

All clubs are reminded that Warwickshire Basketball League Rules state that all players must be registered prior to 31st January and only those given special dispensation will be allowed to play in competitive games after that. In addition any person wishing to play in the handicap cup competitions MUST have played at least THREE league games for the side he wishes to play in.

 PLEASE – DON’T HIT THE HIGH NOTES!….

We have received a comment from two of our referees that they have once more been presented with a £50 note for payment for their officiating. Whilst this is appreciated, of course there must be some change given back and it was fortunate that the officials had sufficient money in their wallets to return to the club. Knowing that referees’ fees average around £20 we ask all clubs to ensure that they do NOT present such high currency in the future.

 WALKING BASKETBALL TO START NEXT TUESDAY….

Walking Basketball, sessions begin on Tuesday morning at Woodlands Academy. The sport will continue  its growth with a series of one-hour programmes which will commence at 10am from 14th  January and will cater for the Over 50 age group of players. It is hoped to get people “ off the couch” and into some activity so the Walking Basketball will be targeting beginners or people who have not played for many a year and wish to get going again. The cost is £4 and spaces are limited so if you know anyone who might be interested in joining up tell them to e mail for further details …… info@trojansbasketball.co.uk.

 

HAWKS LIFTED BY ‘PREMIUM’ BOND!

Joel de Lara Bond shot the lights out at Moreton Morrell as he dropped in 43 points to bring some Christmas spirit to Aylesford Hawks as Warwick China Red failed to get any presents. Hawks raced into a 20-6 lead and extended this to a massive 45-14 before half-time and de Lara Bond (pictured) was unstoppable, particularly in the third quarter when he slipped home three three-pointers inside a couple of minutes to down the visitors.  The games at Tile Hill 1 and Arden – again were called off with both Tamworth and Leamington failing to raise five players, but Rugby’s match with Tile Hill Trojans 2 goes ahead tonight. Team Rebels bounced back to winning ways with a victory over          Coventry Tornadoes while Nuneaton Predators, still sorting out their differences with the second team, brought forward their first team’s visit to Westwood Rhinos and walked off with maximum points. Ernesford Eagles took the six to Tile Hill Trojans 3 where they led for the opening half before Trojans took control to win and go back to second.

SCOREBOARD OPPORTUNITY FOR CLUBS AND CENTRES……

Is your club thinking of investing in a new scoreboard? If so Warwickshire Basketball have been passed the details of one supplier by our old friend Bob Hope and this model is one of several available at Sportserve, suppliers to the BBL.

 Their desk-mounted board (pictured) comes in at £630 including VAT and Warwickshire Basketball members are offered a 10% discount from this making it one of the most attractive boards on the market. It also comes with an optional remote control for easier use and would be a real asset for either your club or the sports centre where you play – why not talk to them! For further information contact Andrew Evans – andy@sportserve.co.uk  

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National League

Division Three           Coventry Flames 72-71 University of Wolverhampton

Stoke-on-Trent Knights 111-91 Warwickshire Hawks

Under 18                 Coventry Tornadoes 81-86 Leicester Riders

Under 16                 Coventry Elite 51-54 Coventry Tornadoes

British Wheelchair League

Premier Division        CWBA 1 73-44 Exeter Otters

Division One            CWBA 2 37-52 Jaguars

Division Three          CWBA 3 26-56 Plymouth Raiders

Youth Basketball League (YBL)

Under 17                 Coventry Elite 74-50 Yardley Defenders

Under 15                 Coventry Elite 53-62 Warwickshire Hawks

JM Grizzlies 29-79 Nuneaton Predators

West Brom Basketball 86-44 Coventry Tornadoes

Under 13                 Nuneaton Predators 42-59 Warwickshire Hawks

Coventry Tornadoes 72-21 Walsall 99ers

HAWKS TOASTED AS FLAMES SINGE WOLVES……                          

Warwickshire Hawks poor run of form in the NBL Division Three continued as they were hammered 111-91 by Stoke-on-Trent Knights last weekend. They were all at sea from the off and trailed 64-32 at half-time before a recovery in the third quarter gave Coach Alex Birch some hope, but too much damage had been done and even 31 points from Curtis Hadley could not stop the rampant Knights for whom K Jones hit 52.

Hawks now travel to Birmingham Mets tomorrow (Saturday @ 2pm).

For Hawks Contact Alex Birch –  alexbirch07@yahoo.co.uk  …………..Telephone 07525853423

Coventry Flames took maximum points once again, this time by the narrowest of margins as they won 72-71 over University of Wolverhampton to leap-frog Hawks in the Division Three table. It was tight throughout the encounter and Flames trailed by four going into the final quarter before pulling it out of the fire. They have two games this week, starting with a trip to Sheffield tomorrow followed by a home game against unbeaten leaders Doncaster on Sunday at the Coventry Leisure Centre starting at 2.45pm.

For Flames Contact Rob Eddonac2704@coventry.ac.uk

NEW WEBSITE FOR JM GRIZZLIES……

One of our long-serving member clubs Warwick-based JM Grizzlies have launched their brand-new website as they continue the growth of the sport in the town. Ian A’Kempis has developed basketball in the Kenilworth, Warwick and Leamington areas and the Club caters for players of both sexes in age groups ranging from 7 to senior with the new website aiming to assist the Club’s growth.

You can see the website by clicking on this link – www.jmgrizzlies.co.uk

 

 WISE WORDS FROM HALL OF FAMER PAUL……

 Hall of Famer Paul Farndon (see Warwickshire Basketball website) is still on our mailing list and has written following our recent item concerning the number of technical fouls being issued by our referees. Paul pictured) a referee of repute and now living down South reminds all participants in our great sport of the following:

  1. You are not playing for money.
  2. If you win, good for you.  If you lose then be gracious in defeat as you have lost nothing more than a game.
  3. Have you noticed the average age of officials appears to be rising each year?  Ask yourself why there are fewer replacements coming through, and are you one of those players who give the officials a hard time, but have never blown a whistle?
  4. Without referees you won’t be playing that much, and certainly not in a competitive arena.
  5. Enjoy the game, play hard but fair and, if you can, have a beer with your opponents and the referees afterwards! You’ll feel much better if you do.

Our thanks go to Paul, not only for his forty-odd years of service to Warwickshire Basketball but for his words of advice – players, coaches AND referees take note!

 

INJURY STOPS GAME IN OVERTIME!

Warwick China Red’s home game with Leamington Spartans was called off by the match officials with just one and a half minutes of overtime remaining due to a serious shoulder injury to a home player.

Full time had arrived at 55-55 and with time running out China Red led 64-61 when the accident happened and an ambulance was called to deal with a dislocated shoulder. THE BEAR FACTS  understands there is no lasting damage and the player was sent home after treatment. There was disappointment when two other fixtures were postponed for various reasons, but one game, at Hereward College went ahead and the resulting victory was a runaway for Tamworth Tigers for whom Lukasz Bolda hit 43 and who slammed Tile Hill Trojans 2 who had three of their starters missing. In Division Two Coventry Tornadoes bounced back with a home win over Westwood Rhinos for whom Jack Ford added another EIGHT three-pointers to his already impressive tally. Nuneaton Predators 2 Coach Lloyd Taylor has had special permission to postpone his next two games to deal with internal problems within the side, but his first team went to Leamington and slammed  Spartans 2,, while Ernesford Eagles will host Team Rebels tonight at Grace Academy.

 

TROJANS 2 EDGE PAST HAWKS!

In a thrilling finish Tile Hill Trojans 2 took the biggest scalp in their recent past as they grabbed a two-point win over Aylesford Hawks. It was a good week for their first team too as they eased to a comfortable victory at Warwick China Red and Tamworth Tigers were too hot for Leamington Spartans 1. Last Friday’s game at Rugby was called off when everyone arrived at Harris School to be told they could not use the court as the roof-mounted backboards were mal-functioning. The game will now be rearranged for later in the season. we are assured that there will be no repeat tonight when Arden visit Harris

In Division Two Coventry Tornadoes crashed to their second successive loss, this time at Nuneaton where Predators 1 bounced back to winning ways. Their second string lost heavily at Leamington 2 after leading 17-16 at one stage, and Ernesford Eagles, having gone down to a narrow home defeat at the hands of Westwood Rhinos last Friday, slipped up again, this time at JM Grizzles who are riding high at the top, unbeaten but behind Trojans 3 on games played!

REFEREES ITEM – PLAYERS BITE BACK……

 Our item last week about the growing problem of abuse to referees and the resultant bout of technical fouls being issued has prompted some comments from players, mainly centring on the fact that some officials appear unapproachable. Therefore we now make an appeal to all parties to take the heat out of any confrontations which might occur on court. Referees – will you please explain to the “injured” party when a natural break happens in the game – quarter end or half-time, to help them understand what you called and why. Players – please approach the officials in a respectful and controlled manner when raising a query. And we are sure you will get a courteous response.

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National League

Division Three           Coventry Flames 73-94 Warwickshire Hawks

Under 18                 Coventry Tornadoes 62-73 Stoke-on-Trent Knights

Under 16                 Coventry Elite 63-47 Warwickshire Hawks

Coventry Tornadoes 79-44 Northamptonshire Titans Purple

British Wheelchair League

Junior Division          CWBA 60-18 Fletchlings

Division One            CWBA 79-31 Warwickshire Bears

 Youth Basketball League (YBL)

Under 15                 Coventry Tornadoes 64-29 Redditch Rapids

Coventry Elite 45-42 Nuneaton Predators

Under 13                 Redditch Rookies 78-35 Arden Griffins

Nuneaton Predators 23-73 Coventry Elite

HAWKS BOUNCE BACK TO DOUSE THE FLAMES……                                

Warwickshire Hawks bounced back from their recent poor results to V claim “bragging rights” over their local rival Coventry Flames. Another poor performance saw Hawks on the back foot in the first half when they could not get going and their teamwork was ragged and disjointed. However, a half-time meeting brought them to the fore and their second-half showing was out of the top drawer. They hit Flames with a devastating 31-19 quarter which took them from 42-37 down into the lead and they then followed this with an equally fine performance in the final ten minutes to land a 94-73 victory. Matt Yates once again led Hawks scoring with 28 with Ash Dickson on 24,Coventry Flames this Sunday at 2.45 when the local rivals meet at The Coventry Sports Centre.

For Hawks Contact Alex Birch  – alexbirch07@yahoo.co.uk …………..Telephone 07525853423

For Flames Contact Rob Eddonac2704@coventry.ac.uk

 

LEVEL 1 REFEREEING COURSE IN NUNEATON…….…

Nuneaton Predators are hosting a Level 1 course for referees on Sunday 8th December in conjunction with James Davies of YBL Coach Lloyd Taylor who has joined the Warwickshire Basketball Executive Committee is eager to get more officials qualified in order to assist the “crisis” which seems to present itself each weekend when our junior teams play in both NBL and YBL competitions, so he has been actively pursuing the opportunity to get a course organised and now he has managed to do so.

  If you need any further details you can contact Lloyd  –  Nuneatonbasketball@hotmail.com

 

THE SEASON END IS NIGH!

After a season of almost non-stop basketball the end is finally coming as we enter month eight and next week should determine the result of all teams’ efforts in Division One with Division Two already signed and sealed. Favourites for the title are Tile Hill Trojans 1 who, up to a couple of weeks ago had gone unbeaten in all fixtures – that is until Arden Griffins stopped them on their own patch too.
So, detailed below are the fixtures for the penultimate week and those for the days following the May bank holiday which will being the curtain down and put an end to more postponements and cancellations.

WALKING BASKETBALL – NEXT SESSION THIS SUNDAY 28th …….…
The walking basketball craze is growing in Warwickshire, and players from several clubs are joining in. If you fancy doing something on a Sunday morning and you are feeling active, why not turn up at the Trojans walking basketball session at Woodlands and get working at walking.
Starting at 10am there is a warm-up followed by a game and it’s great fun. The cost is £5. Details from mike.maddox@trojansbasketball.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?

Shaq’s the way to do it!

Shaquille Amon-Ra shot an amazing TEN three-pointers at Hereward College, but he could not stop Warwick University going down to the league leaders Tile Hill Trojans 1.
Amon-Ra was unstoppable in the second half, shooting from all angles and distances, missing only three times in a breath-taking display which had those watching open-mouthed. Coventry College were also open-mouthed and awarded their game 20-0 as Warwick University failed to arrive for their second game of the week.

In Division Two at Hereward College, Tile Hill Trojans 2 fielded newcomer Andrew Hughes, who top-scored against Warwick Grizzlies as the home side won by fourteen to dent the leader’s pride, whilst Ernesford Eagles and Cracovia Stratford both host tonight.

Tamworth Tigers roar on in Division Three, following their success against Team Rebels, and Westwood Rhinos edged a tight game at The XCEL, beating Tile Hill Trojans 3 by one basket. Holders Arden Griffins completed the line-up for the semi-finals of the Bob Castledine Handicap Cup as they ousted Warwick China Red in the second leg last night.

Castledine Cup Shock at Woodlands

Warwick China Red led the shocks in The Castledine Cup beating holders Arden Griffins in the first leg. Trojans 1 were far too hot for Trojans 2, while Coventry College took out a weakened Warwick University.

Tamworth tamed the Predators 2 in The Challenge Cup, but Nuneaton 1 overcame Rebels, while Westwood moved past Ernesford to set up some juicy second leg games next week.

Veterans Leave Rugby Raging!

Rugby Rage went home with just the losing point after a fruitless trip to Tile Hill 3 in the first game of the post-Christmas fixtures.

A shock did not look on the cards as Rugby led the veterans by eleven but the home side came back, played good defense and blunted Rage’s offense to cause a big upset and win by four. Tamworth Tigers continued their unbeaten run with a predictable result at Nuneaton, whilst Westwood Rhinos edged out Team Rebels.

In Division One Coventry College came good to stun leaders Arden and win by two after Tile Hill Trojan 1 had put Aylesford to the sword earlier in the week.

In the Second Division Warwick Grizzlies went top after hammering Ernesford Eagles and Trojans 2 swept aside Tornadoes to take the points.