It’s make or break time for the Division One sides and none more so than the games featuring Arden Griffins and Tile Hill Trojans 1.
Several postponements have led to the teams playing “catch-up” as the league season reaches its climax, and both Griffins and Trojans were in action this week. They both won as expected and the final game of the season is now confirmed as 2nd April when the title should be decided – unless! JM Grizzlies march on in their quest for top flight status and they won convincingly at Tornadoes as nearest rivals Nuneaton 1 hammered their second team at Jubilee. Westwood did likewise when they entertained Rebels and Ernesford Eagles play host to Leamington 2 tonight. (PICTURE FROM NUNEATON 1 V lEAMINGTON 2)
HANDICAP CUP – ALL THE LINE-UPS….
The line-ups move a stage further on Monday night in the Handicap cup competitions meaning they will be like this:
W/c 23rd – Division One Handicap Cup Final – Tile Hill 1 v Aylesford or Tamworth
W/c 30th – Division One Plate – Tile Hill 2 v Arden Griffins
W/c 23rd – Challenge Cup Semi-finalists – Westwood Rhinos, Coventry Tornadoes 2, Ernesford Eagles plus JM Grizzlies (best losing score)
W/c 23rd – Plate Semi-finalists – Team Rebels, Leamington Spartans 2, Nuneaton Predators 1 plus either Nuneaton 2 or Tile Hill 3
W/c 30th – Plate final – The two winning sides in the Plate Semi-finals
W/c 30th – Bowl Final – The two losing sides in the Challenge Cup Semi-finals
ALL THE GAMES ABOVE ARE TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE PARTICIPATING CLUBS.
AFTER ANOTHER VICTORY – CAN FLAMES MAKE THE PLAY-OFFS?
WARWICKSHIRE HAWKS 83 – 90 COVENTRY FLAMES
Coventry Flames flew the flag for the City as they took on Warwickshire Hawks in the most local of all derbies, and took the honours too with a seven-point victory at Moreton Morrell. Looking back, just a few weeks ago, Hawks were flying themselves and were in contention for the play-offs, but a sudden dip in form has seen them crash towards the basement of the table, while Flames have been motoring the other way, slipping up on the odd occasion, but they now stand in a creditable sixth position and are hoping they can pull it off in their last five games. Their shock defeat at Derbyshire Arrows recently might come back to haunt them though as they continue their drive for promotion. The game against Hawks was expected to follow a similar path to the last time the pair met back in November, but unlike then when Hawks won 94-73 it was Flames who took the points despite a last-ditch attempt by the home side to grab something from the match.
With little to choose throughout the fixture, Flames had built a 71-60 lead as they entered the final quarter and it was all too much for the jaded home team despite 22 from Curtis Hadley and 17 from Mark Larner.
This weekend Hawks have the chance to get back into winning mode as it is their turn to host Arrows, with a 5pm tip-off on Saturday night. Flames move home to Coventry University Sports Centre on Sunday when they receive Derby Trailblazers (4.30pm)
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Division 3 Warwickshire Hawks 83-90 Coventry Flames
Under 16 Coventry Elite 85-55 City of Birmingham II
Leicester Riders 49-82 Coventry Tornadoes
West Bromwich Albion 118-33 Warwickshire Hawks
Youth Basketball League (YBL)
Under 17 Coventry Tornadoes 106-51 Worcester Wolves
Leadonites A 60-66 Coventry Elite
Under 15 Tamworth Tigers 67-27 JM Grizzlies
Redditch Rapids 55-69 Coventry Tornadoes
Yardley Defenders 37-110 Warwickshire Hawks
Nuneaton Predators 52-58 Leicester Riders – O/T
Under 13 Bromsgrove Bears 70-26 Arden Griffins
Arden Griffins 25-98 Warwickshire Hawks
WALKING BASKETBALL “RUNNING” ON TUESDAYS….
Walking Basketball, successfully launched by Trojans in 2017 is now into week five of its Tuesday morning sessions and is taking off nicely. It comprises a one-hour programme starting at 10am and caters for the Over 50 age group of players.
Trojans Walking Basketball is targeting beginners or people who have not played for many a year and wish to get going again. It features a warm-up, stretching, ball skills and a fun game between all participants, followed by optional tea or coffee in the Woodlands bar.
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 …… firstname.lastname@example.org.