GRIFFINS FALTER AS TROJANS SLAM HAWKS

Just when they looked to be on the way to their second Championship in four years,
Arden Griffins slipped up at Coventry College, going down 72-70.
The Solihull-based side have really impressed with their outside shooting this season, and they did
not disappoint at any time throughout a tough but entertaining game which saw eleven threepointers
sail through the College hoop – eight of them from the hands of the league’s leading
shooter Paul Roberts. When it mattered though, it was the home side that excelled, and they put
up a terrific fight to come from five down as Roberts lost his accuracy, and Coventry snatched the
vital basket at the death to bring a smile to the face of Coach Looch Bailey. Roberts hit 30 points
in the match, but was up-staged by Vaidas Cerkunovas, the College skipper who made 31 and led
his side to a memorable victory.
After their heroics before Christmas, Aylesford Hawks came unstuck as they hosted a strong Tile
Hill Trojans 1 at Moreton Morrell. Trojans have already won there this season, and they made no
mistake this time too as they coasted home 76-56 with the Dickson brothers sharing 33 points.
Trojans were in complete control in the first period and led 25-12 before a trio of three-pointers
from Wayne Jones – ironically now a Trojans 2 player guesting for Hawks, brought about a rapid
re-grouping from Coach Trevor Robinson as Tile Hill went behind 32-25.
Normality resumed from that point onwards as they eased away in the third period to open up an
unassailable lead, which was as much as 26 before Hawks’ Ricky Fennell grabbed eleven of his
match total of fifteen in a final flourish.
It was a good week for Trojans as their second and third teams both won too, Trojans 2 putting
the dampers on Coventry Tornadoes with a sterling showing from Jones and Egis Balninas who
scored 13 apiece. Tornadoes were hammered in the first half and trailed 39-21 at the break, but
Michael Stokes suddenly found his form to nail fifteen of Tornadoes’ first seventeen points as they
threatened, but they were too far adrift and their challenge was blown out in a controlled fashion
by the confident home side.
The top spot in Division Two though belongs to Warwick Grizzles who crushed Ernesford Eagles
65-35 with an emphatic showing at The Bridge. They shot into an 11-2 lead which they then
increased to 39-16 as Eagles floundered. The Coventry side tried to make an impression but it was
to no avail and Grizzles stayed cool to go top.
There was a shock in Division Three as revitalised Trojans 3 took the points from fancied Rugby
Rage at Hereward. The East Warwickshire side had won comfortably when they met a few weeks
ago, and they looked to be on their way again as they led 27-16, but with Matt Jenner and Mike
Buckley combining well, Trojans recovered to take the lead in the final quarter and go on to a
famous 53-49 victory, Jenner leading on 23.
Westwood Rhinos and Tamworth Tigers both won well, Tigers dealt with Nuneaton and Rhinos
edged past Team Rebels to go second.

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