Griffins Turn Table to Land Cup

Tile Hill Trojans 78-95 Arden Griffins
The fourth and final meeting in as many weeks of the two giants of Warwickshire
Basketball was supposed to see the climax of Trojans’ season, but a woeful first quarter saw them capitulate and the Bob Castledine Handicap Cup went back with the holders.

The enigmatic Tile Hill side, who had looked so confident and capable a week earlier as they disposed of Griffins’ challenge for the league title, found the going tough and were still smarting from seeing Arden’s handicap start increased from 5 to 15 points. The wily visitors to Hereward College took full advantage though to thwart Trojans with some impressive defensive work, while at the other end, their three-point machine Paul Roberts struck early as Griffins forged ahead to lead 29-5 and Trojans hopes of doing the “double” evaporating.

Finally, in the second period they upped their game and the come-back was on. From 31-13 down, they climbed to 34-28 before Arden halted the charge with baskets of their own as the tempo increased. Dominik Gorgol had three triples soar through the Arden hoop, but Alan Wood countered to take the half-time score to 51-41 in favour of the Solihull side and the scene was set for a riveting second half.

Trojans Power to Fifth Title

Tile Hill Trojans 86-58 Arden Griffins
Tile Hill Trojans powered their way to their fifth Warwickshire Basketball League title
in seven years with a devastating display against Arden Griffins at Hereward College and cannot now be caught at the top.
This was a complete reversal of the game which had taken place the previous week between the two sides, when Griffins threatened to upstage the Champions elect by grabbing their second win over the Coventry side, but defeats in other games meant that Trojans just had to win this one in order to secure the title.
They set about Griffins in whirlwind fashion, scorching out of the blocks to lead 24-12 after the first quarter, with Arden’s usually accurate three-point shooters failing to penetrate the Trojans’ hoop. The second and third periods were more evenly balanced as Paul Roberts’ efforts began to drop and Griffins clawed their way back into it.

Handicap Cup goes back to Arden

Arden Griffins brought the Bob Castledine Handicap cup with them from Solihull – and promptly won it back again with a terrific performance against Tile Hill Trojans 1.
It was not all bad though for Trojans as their second team thrashed Division Two Champions Cracovia Stratford to win the Plate
Westwood Rhinos had a great time either side of the final break in the Challenge Cup Final to nail Rugby Rage and Nuneaton’s Under 19 squad proved to be too good for Ernesford Eagles and win the Salver.
In a high scoring game at St Peters, Griffins capped off a good week’s work by defeating Coventry College in Division One

Trojans Edge Nearer Fifth Title

Tile Hill Trojans took a massive step towards their fifth Division One title in seven years by gaining revenge and defeating Arden Griffins as the pace hots up.
Trojans have marched away at the top of the table as the others managed to defeat each other and rule themselves out; that is, apart from Griffins who are facing a titanic battle to complete their remaining games before the season ends. They are coming thick and fast for the Solihull- based club who have suffered a wretched run of postponements, leaving them with another seven matches to play, and, they have to win them all in order to surge to the top. One of their major problems is, that they have to face off to Trojans another twice, with both games being on the Coventry club’s home court at Hereward College.

Griffins are the only side to win at Tile Hill this season, and they did it with an impressive final quarter, back in November, but they could not reproduce this in their latest encounter, as Trojans dominated from the off to go 29-15 up after a frantic first quarter.
However much they threatened and they did this regularly throughout an entertaining game, Trojans held firm with Ash Dickson driving through and shooting with dexterity to steer his side towards that coveted title, landing 37 points in the process.
The game was not without its controversy, including one moment when the referee Paul Sidhu called both coaches together to warn them about constantly disputing decisions and to get on with the real issue at hand. This quietened things down for a while and the basketball dominated the eye as Trojans repelled Arden’s long-range shooting. Paul Roberts, who had six three-pointers to his name by half-time, lost his rhythm after the teams had turned with Trojans up by ten, and the home side had moved up a gear to lead 65-50 at the start of the final period.
Andy Carpenter came on strongly for Trojans with some dynamic close-range stuff and it was effectively over before Luke Hatfield fired in a trio of triples to lift Griffins to a respectable finish. Whether or not they can go one better in the coming weeks remains to be seen but there is the mouth-watering prospect of another two of these games, plus a possible cup final to come.

Rhino’s Charge into Final

Westwood Rhinos charged into the final of the Challenge Cup and in doing so ended the 100% record of Tamworth Tigers. Rhinos will now meet Rugby Rage who disposed of Nuneaton Predators in the other semi-final.
Tile Hill Trojans 1 led the way into the final of the Bob Castledine Cup after putting out Coventry College in the penultimate round and they will be joined by either Tornadoes or Arden Griffins, who built up a sizeable first-leg lead.
The Plate competition brought a narrow wins for Warwick University who play their second leg tonight at Cracovia Stratford, the winner going through to meet either Tile Hill 2 or Warwick China Red whose second leg was postponed due to fixture congestion.
In the Salver, Ernesford Eagles await the winner of the Team Rebels v Nuneaton Predators Under 19 fixture with their 2nd leg still to come

Hawks Play Off Hopes Fade

The play-off hopes of Warwickshire Hawks took another dent following their narrow defeat at the hands of Shropshire Warriors last weekend, and they now are adrift of the main contenders.
After last week’s five-point reversal at the hands of Derby Trailblazers, Hawks fully anticipated putting points on the board against Warriors, particularly aftertheir electric start which sw them 18-6 ahead in the first. They then went backwards until the third when they trailed 51-50 before losing the final period and the match points.
Curtis Hadley once a gain headed the scoring for Hawks with 19 points.
Tomorrow (Saturday) they entertain Nottingham Trent Hoods II at Moreton Morrell starting at 3.30pm

Mini-League to Decide Title Race

As Arden Griffins sit in total frustration watching the backlog of fixtures mount, it looks as if the Division One title race is going to be settled in a mini-league as the two main contenders face each other three times.
Reigning Champions Tile Hill Trojans sit in pole position in the race with five games left, whereas Griffins, ironically bottom of the table due to them having so many fixtures remaining, can surge to the top if and when they finally get played. Arden have managed to complete just two fixtures since Christmas, due to postponements caused by the snow, sports hall closures and emergency cancellations, and for a side with so much talent, their frustration has boiled as they lost both of these games, coincidentally to the same score – 72-70. So the long and short of it comes down to them having nine matches to play before the end of April, and Easter between too.
Their tempers were frayed again at the end of last week, when their home court was commandeered by the school for various other events and they have been forced to pull out of this week’s fixture with Aylesford Hawks, then switch their “home” game against Trojans to Hereward College, a move which will ironically see Griffins visit the Tile Hill club on three successive weeks spanning the Easter break.
Club Secretary Jack Forrest was not happy as he explained, “All we want is some stability. We have been hit by everything possible from a variety of sources, and now, having played just seven games since the start of the season we find ourselves having to try to get, and keep everyone fit to play twice most weeks, almost in panic mode.”

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.