CREAM RISES TO THE TOP!

The BIG three have risen to the top of Division One after continuing to take
maximum points from their rivals and keeping their 100% records.
Aylesford Hawks, Arden Griffins and Tile Hill Trojans 1 did it again with two local
derbies causing no upsets as the season unfolds. Leamington Spartans came
unstuck as they hosted five-man Tornadoes and Cracovia Stratford were too hot for
Ernesford Eagles. Warwick China Red cried off their game at Ernesford but hasty
phone calls brought in Tile Hill Trojans 1 for their rearranged match.

Division Two games brought a first win for Tile Hill Trojans 3 with Trevor Robinson
hitting 40 as leaders Rugby Rage host Westwood Rhinos tonight.

ELITE TEAMS SPARKLE IN POINTS SPREE

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
frustrated.

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
Division Two.

COLLEGE TAME TIGERS!

Leaders Tamworth Tigers came so close to causing the biggest upset so far as
they led Coventry College before going down in the final minutes.

Aylesford Hawks, Arden Griffins and Tile Hill Trojans 1 all showed their class against
opposition from the former Division Two, with thumping results leaving these sides
without a win so far.

Leamington Spartans continued their good form with a late burst to seal the fate of
Tile Hill Trojans 2 and the game between JM Grizzles and Warwick China Red,
carried over from week one was called off again when a burst pipe in the sports
complex closed the hall for all activities.

Division Two leaders Rugby Rage were at it again, this time at Nuneaton where
Predators gave a good account and Papaprosos scored 45 for Rebels at Rhinos!

GRIFFINS SHOW CLASS TO GRAB RECORD SCORE

Arden Griffins were back to their best and hit the highest score in a Warwickshire
Basketball League game for seven years as they slammed Tile Hill Trojans 2 126-50.
And it was a personal best by far for Griffins’ sharp-shooter Paul Roberts, who downed twelve
three-pointers on his way to a 38 point total as he left Trojans players watching on in awe, hurling
them in from almost every part of the court.
It was obviously going to be an exciting affair as both he and Trojans’ Ben Linnett had two triples
apiece inside four minutes, but the Arden man was able to continue his barrage, with a display
which saw Griffins eclipse all the other high scores which have been run-up since WU Lithuanians
hammered Onley 150-51 back in 2011.
Both sides put on a thrilling first quarter which saw Griffins leading 38-24, but a switch in
defensive play to man-to-man marking, completely stifled the Trojans offensive play leading to
single-figure returns in the ensuing periods as the Solihull side made hay. Not to be outdone by
his colleague, Sam Workman also found the target more than once to bag 34 points for Griffins
with Bhuwan Limbu leading for Trojans on14.
Trojans first team fared much better in their home fixture against Warwick China Red, coming out
94-50 winners as the League Champions cashed in on their height, experience and skill
advantages to thwart the plucky students. Already ahead and on their way to victory, the fourth
quarter brought a 27-4 burst for Trojans for whom Ash Dickson scored 18 and returning Scott
Owen 16.
Leamington Spartans came out in top in the first local derby against JM Grizzlies from Warwick. It
was Grizzlies’ inability to capitalise on their free shooting which cost them the game. They went to
the line 27 times and hit just 9 of these attempts before going down 43-40.
Coventry College showed Cracovia Stratford how it should be done as they travelled to the Bard’s
town and returned with an 88-74 win. Stratford are building a good side full of potential, but the
College held too many aces and took the points on the back of a 23-12 final quarter which broke
the resistance of the home side despite 28 coming from Jamie Summers.
But still leading the way at the top of the table are Tamworth Tigers, who have yet to meet the
elite sides in the re-vamped competition. Tigers are basking in the glory of a 100% record from
three games, with their latest success coming at Tornadoes where they crushed the home side
79-48 after an opening blitz which took them 25-12 ahead.
Rugby Rage edged past Tile Hill Trojans 3 51-48 in Division Two to continue their unbeaten run,
and Team Rebels were far too strong for Nuneaton Predators and they chalked up an impressive
76-55 first win of their campaign.

TIGERS TOP OF THE LEAGUE!

Tamworth Tigers have shocked everyone by winning their first three games of
the season to put them at the top of Division One.
They completed the hat-trick of wins with victory over Tornadoes.

Tile Hill Trojans 1 put paid to any hopes Warwick China Red had of taking anything home and
Leamington Spartans fought off a late challenge from JM Grizzles to take full points
in their debut home game at Newbold Comyn.
Arden Griffins hammered Tile Hill Trojans 2 and tonight sees Coventry College travelling to Cracovia Stratford.

In Division Two, Team Rebels were too hot to handle for Nuneaton Predators
and Rugby Rage edged it after their visit to Tile Hill Trojans 3.

SPARTANS WIN BATTLE AT CHINA RED

New-boys Leamington Spartans gained their first win to kick-start their season with a
64-46 victory over Warwick China Red at Woodlands.
Spartans applied for a place in the second tier of Warwickshire Basketball but were, like the rest of
these sides, thrust into a much-enlarged top flight and came through their opening match fearing
they had bitten off more than they could chew. But, a terrific final quarter against lively Warwick
china Red saw them take the points from their hosts who caved in after holding out for most of
the first half.
It was an encouraging all-round team display from the Leamington side who trailed 25-23 at halftime
but found their touch early in the last quarter as China Red fell away from 43-51 to let in
eleven more points without disturbing the Spartans’ net.
Coventry College bounced back from defeat to downgrade Tornadoes to a mere storm with a 72-
54 win as Vaidas Cerkunovas grabbed the headlines with 35 points. Plucky Tornadoes stayed with
their visitors until near the end of the third period when College swept from 48-47 to 60-49 in a
five minute spell to kill off their hosts.
Ricky Fennell has one eye on the Hotshot award already, and he slammed home 42 points as
Aylesford Hawks continued their fine form to ease past Cracovia Stratford 79-67 in a thriller at
Moreton Morrell. Hawks led 26-8 at one time, and then 55-33 before Stratford found their range
with a quartet of three-pointers, but they had left it too late, and as triples rained in a both ends
Hawks proved too good with Fennell having a field day.
Chasing Hawks at the top of the league are surprise package Tamworth Tigers who came through
yet another game unscathed. Following their win against Leamington they made a happy return
from Hereward College, where Tile Hill Trojans 2 were on the wrong end of a 44-64 result. Lukasz
Bolda led the Tigers’ charge with 23 while Trojans cannot wait to get their full team together and
realise their potential with three regular starters missing this game.
There was a serious demolition threat as Arden managed to complete their fixture at JM Grizzles
with a full five players on court. And they tore into Grizzles from the off, building a 48-19 first half
lead which had the Warwick side gasping. A total of ten three-pointers contributed to their 90-56
scoreline as Sam Workman came good with 25 to complement Luke Hatfield’s 20.
Tile Hill Trojans 1 game at Ernesford and their third team’s fixture at Rebels were called off for
court availability problems. This meant that the champions had a quiet week and, with their
veterans following suit, there was just one game left in Division Two. Westwood Rhinos had
several players missing from their usual squad and visitors Nuneaton Predators took full
advantage to gain their first win, as they ran out with a 56-43 victory. Trailing 35-14 at half-time,
Rhinos were pleased to see Matt Bevis who joined the fray to help them achieve something like a
score as they restricted Nuneaton to just nine points in the final period.

Off We Go Then!

The new season of Warwickshire Basketball has started and the action came thick and fast in week one as Champions Tile Hill Trojans 1 and Aylesford Hawks showed their colours to get win number one under their belts.

In Division One, Trojans were too hot for Coventry College and Hawks looked impressive as they crushed Coventry Tornadoes. Tamworth Tigers came through their promotion from the third to the first in style, defeating new boys Leamington Spartans and last season’s bottom club Ernesford Eagles defeated a weakened Tile Hill Trojans 2 side to take the points, with Stratford hosting Arden tonight.

Warwickshire Hawks Crash

They still do not appear to have things sorted at Hawks as a disatrous final quarter costthem the match in their league opener at Moreton Morrell. Hawks got it right early on but their opponents, Nottingham Trent Hoods II reduced their deficit to two points as they trailed 57-59 at the start of the last period, before taking hawks apart in those last ten minutes to take the points back with them 83-69.

Hawks were led by edwards (20) Hadley (12) and Ash Diuckson (12) but it was not enough.

They go up the M1 to Nottingham on Saturday where they take on the University side. For further details contact Alex Birch – alexbirch07@yahoo.co.uk

Officials Rates of Pay Adjusted

With immediate effect the rates for referees are:
Level 4 – £17, Level 3 – £16, Level 2 – £14. Travel costs remain at 30p per mile.

The maximum charge per official is £25.Table officials’ recommended charges are:
Level 3 – £10, Level 2 – £8, Level 1 – £5.

FIRST BLOOD TO CRACOVIA STRATFORD

A sensational start to the opening game of the season against 2015 champions Arden
Griffins brought a shock 100-68 victory for Cracovia Stratford.
Arriving at The Stratford Leisure Centre with the minimum five players, Griffins had the misfortune
to see Lee Fraser led off the court just three minutes into the first period with blood streaming
from a split nose, forcing him out of the game and leaving the remaining four players to sweat it
out for almost the entire playing time.
As it was, they performed heroically and had Stratford all over the place as they sped into a 25-12
first quarter lead, before they were worn down and finally ran out of stamina and ideas with
Stratford piling into them to take advantage of their misfortune.
Griffins were still battling at half-time as they trailed by one, but their collapse came in period
three when former National League player Kane Hudson stepped on the gas to fire Cracovia to an
unassailable lead which saw them go from 44-43 to 72-55 and, for Griffins the end could not
come soon enough. Hudson nailed 21 points for the hosts and Luke Hatfield hit 32 for Griffins who
can’t wait for the return when they can get their full squad out.
Champions Tile Hill Trojans 1 swept past Coventry College 74-58, with five players in double
figures and only last season’s top scorer Vaidas Cerkunovas the leading light for College. He made
26 but lacked the support of another strike player as Trojans powered up to a 69-42 lead before
easing off in the run-in to the end.
A battered and bruised Leamington Spartans, returned home pointless from their 82-51 reversal
at last season’s Division Three winners Tamworth Tigers. Spartans captain Jan Suk said, “They
played as a real first division side and were much bigger and better than we expected.” Spartans
also had a player nursing a cut above the eye after being caught in an accidental collision with
“one of the giants” as Suk called them.
Aylesford Hawks looked impressive in their opener and they clinically disposed of Coventry
Tornadoes 94-45, courtesy of 33 from Ricky Fennell, whose total included seven three-pointers.
Tornadoes had no answer to Hawks play and were torn apart from the start, going 29-8 down
after one period and trailing 59-14 at half-time before rallying somewhat in the latter stages.
Both Ernesford Eagles and Tile Hill Trojans 2 fielded weak sides at Hereward College, and Eagles
were happy to record a 46-43 victory, coming from behind in the last minute to thwart the home
side, as Ben Clarke starred for the visitors on 20.
Division Two fixtures saw victories for Westwood Rhinos who defeated Tile Hill Trojans 3 50-44,
and Rugby Rage, who travelled to Team Rebels before going home on the back of a 73-58 win.