GRIFFINS’ GROUNDHOG DAY

It felt like Groundhog Day at Aylesford, as for the second time in as five days Arden
Griffins fell to a 72-70 defeat to slip down the Division One table.
Their two-point reversal at Coventry College was replicated at Moreton Morrell, as Aylesford
Hawks sank their claws into the Solihull outfit who, a fortnight ago were favourites to win their
second title in four years.
Now, they need to re-group in order to salvage their dreams as Championship rivals Tile Hill
Trojans pulverised Warwick University 104-46. And, to make matters worse, due to fixture
congestion, the Trojans game at Hereward College was designated as a double-header meaning
that the Tile Hill side stormed to the top of the table.
Griffins had their victory chances, but, in almost identical fashion to their previous game, they fell
in the final quarter, and Hawks cashed in to win narrowly. After an equal first half which saw them
turn at 34-34, Hawks turned on the style to move into an eleven point lead, before Griffins raised
their game to get to within two, but the coolness of Tom Grayling saw his side home with seconds
to spare.
At Tile Hill, the home side, and Ash Dickson in particular, tore University apart to lead 33-14 at the
end of the first quarter, and their breath-taking display continued after the early break as they
powered to a 58-28 half-time advantage. Without quite the same intensity, it continued through
the second half to leave University asking “Can we play your second team next time?” Dickson
went on to grab 29 with Dominik Gorgol on 20 as Trojans steeled themselves for two vital games
against Griffins early next month.

Division Two leaders Warwick Grizzlies defeated Coventry Tornadoes comfortably to cling onto
their slender advantage over Cracovia Stratford who won with similar ease at Ernesford Eagles.
Coming up behind them, but still well adrift are Trojans 2 who have hit a vein of form which has
brought them successive victories. Trojans won at Warwick China Red after a flurry of fouls sent
them to the line and they sank all their shots with aplomb.

Tamworth Tigers just seems to get stronger, and their 79-61 win at Westwood Rhinos was largely
achieved in a dominant first half which brought them a 43-25 lead. Often being feted as a oneman
team via the hands of Lukasz Bolda, Tigers hunted as a streak to close out the game with
Bolda hitting 23, but Neil Evans stole some of the thunder with five triples in his 18 points. For
Rhinos Jack Ford led on 23 with Mike Kearsley notching four three-pointers in his 18.
It was win number four for Trojans 3 as the veterans took our Nuneaton Predators 74-56 who
remain winless. Matt Jenner topped the scoring for Trojans with 38 as player/coach Lloyd Taylor
hit an impressive 28 for Predators.

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