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Warwickshire Basketball and JM Grizzlies members are reeling following the untimely passing of the Warwick Club’s Coach Ian A’Kempis. Ian had been actively involved in our sport for some thirty years and died suddenly at his home on 31st March after suffering with a long-term illness.

His cremation took place last Thursday and was attended by a small number of family members in accordance with COVID-19 Government instructions. Warwickshire Basketball Chairman Mike Maddox said, “Coming so soon after the death of his friend, colleague and Grizzlies co-founder John Mumford, it is a devastating blow to hear of Ian’s passing, and our thoughts at this time are with his family, friends and fellow members at the Club.”

Grizzlies’ Club Captain Gareth Langman commented,  “In his 30 plus years of being part of Warwickshire Basketball, Ian gave his hard work, time, effort and often blood sweat and tears into playing, coaching and managing of the JM Grizzlies (formally Warwick Bears and Grizzlies) in both their senior and youth teams. Ian was an excellent coach, mentor, and a fantastic role model to every player he worked with. Ian personified the spirit of the game, and he will be greatly missed by the entirety of the JM Grizzlies, and the countless numbers of previous players he coached and mentored through his time in the basketball community.

One of Warwickshire Basketball’s senior match referees Richard Jones said he was absolutely stunned by the very sad news, adding that he always got on well with Ian and had refereed his YBL team as well as in the Warwickshire League. He said he was always approachable as a coach and had contributed hugely to basketball in the Area and will be sorely missed by the Grizzlies and those of us fortunate to have known him.

A Memorial service will be organised at a date to be confirmed in order to commemorate Ian’s life and the immense input he had on basketball in this area.




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)


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




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)

National League Division 3
DONCASTER EAGLES 17 17 0 1624 1337 34
CITY OF BIRMINGHAM 18 14 4 1398 1182 28
DERBY TRAILBLAZERS 18 10 8 1533 1434 20
BIRMINGHAM METS 18 10 8 1455 1369 20
WOLVERHAMPTON  UNI 18 9 9 1389 1294 18
COVENTRY  FLAMES 17 9 8 1307 1350 18
SHEFFIELD SABRES 17 9 8 1230 1296 18
STOURPORT SPARTANS 17 8 9 1303 1433 16
STOKE KNIGHTS 18 7 11 1360 1505 14
WARWICKSHIRE  HAWKS 18 6 12 1528 1540 12
DERBYSHIRE ARROWS 18 3 15 1383 1578 6

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National League

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, 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 ……


Division One’s top four sides are now clear of the pack after impressive victories this week. Leaders Arden Griffins eased past Rugby as Trojans 1 slammed Warwick China Red, Aylesford Hawks and Tamworth Tigers both won too as a gap appears in the table. Grizzlies closed in on Nuneaton at the top of Division Two with a win over Rebels, but Ernesford are hoping to upset things tonight at Grace when the Warwick side visit them. Nuneaton 1 are back on the winning trail with victory over Tornadoes and Trojans 3 wrapped things up early at Rebels.

Now it’s back to the cups with the semi-finals taking place in the big one and unaccustomed to their role they will play, Griffins turn out in the Plate.


Match/ Date/Time                             Home                          Away                                           Venue

 HANDICAP CUP SEMI-FINALS                      (Handicaps in brackets)

HA5 POSTPONED                            Aylesford (20) v (15) Tamworth                       POSTPONED


HA6 Monday 10th @ 8.15                  Tile Hill 1 (5) v (35) Warwick CR              Hereward College

                                                               Referee: Richard Jones         Umpire: Mike Maddox


HP1 Wednesday 12th @ 8.15            Leamington 1 (25) v (0) Arden                    Newbold Comyn

                                                               Referee: Greg Halder             Umpire: Brian Jones

HP2 Thursday 13th @ 8.15               Tile Hill 2 (25) v (10) Rugby Rage                        Hereward College                               

                                                                 Referee: Ian Pursglove           Umpire: Brian Jones


HB6 Wednesday 12th @ 7.15           JM Grizzlies (0) v (25) Westwood                                    The Bridge

                                                               Referee: Marcus Garvey        Umpire: Andy Dickson

HB7 Wednesday 12th @ 8.15           Tornadoes 2 (35) v (30) Team Rebels               Woodlands  

                                                                  Referee: Ralph Cordes           Umpire: Dave Jenkinson

HB8 Friday 14th @ 7.45                     Ernesford (10) v (25) Leamington 2            Grace Academy  

                                                              Referee: Paul North                Umpire: Garry Kearsley


HC1 Monday 10th @ 8.15                  Nuneaton 1 (5) v (20) Tornadoes 1               Jubilee Centre

                                                            Referee: Tony Bates              Umpire: Greg Halder

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British Wheelchair Leagues

Women’s Division 1   CWBA 65 Blackhawks 39

CWBA 64-31 Vixens

CWBA 50-45 Angels of the North

Junior Division      CWBA 64-20 Fletchlings

CWBA 75-22 Bear Cubs


Youth Basketball League (YBL)

Under 17                 Frankley Falcons 76-80 Coventry Tornadoes

Under 15                 Warwickshire Hawks 66-41 Leicester Riders

JM Grizzlies 37-71 Walsall 99ers

Leadonites A 48-76 Coventry Tornadoes

Under 13                 Warwickshire Hawks 47-46 Coventry Elite

Nuneaton Predators 46-83 Bromsgrove Bears

Arden Griffins 34-71 Redditch Royals

Leicestershire Ladies League

Peterborough Vytes 53-65 Tile Hill Trojans


We are delighted to advise that Warwickshire Basketball have made a new appointment this week and that Dan Zoka has taken over the role of Officials Development Officer. Dan, formerly a player at Aylesford and now a member of Leamington Spartans, joined the Executive Committee in 2019 and was the winner of the Table Officiating Award for 2019. He has expressed an interest in developing not only his own skills as a a player and table official but also as a referee, and he will now be responsible for the coordination of all aspects of officials’ development in the Area.

This includes arranging of courses and the Officiating Conference which takes place in September.



You may recall the Level 1 Referees’ course which was organised by Nuneaton before Christmas. Twelve candidates signed up for the event (pictured) but several cried off days before it took place leaving Nuneaton with a deficit in their finances.

As it was authorised by Warwickshire Basketball we have had to fill in the missing numbers from our Development Fund.  Therefore in future all courses will have to be paid for PRIOR to them taking place and we would take this opportunity to remind ALL clubs that there is an obligation to send people on our courses if they have not the required number of officials on their books.

Rule 10 applies and can be found on the Warwickshire Basketball website.



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


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


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 ……


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


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


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.


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, 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 ……



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.


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 –  

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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 –  …………..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


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 –



 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!



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.



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!


 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  – …………..Telephone 07525853423

For Flames Contact Rob



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  –



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.

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


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.

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.

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?