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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.