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
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