TROJANS 2 EDGE PAST HAWKS!

In a thrilling finish Tile Hill Trojans 2 took the biggest scalp in their recent past as they grabbed a two-point win over Aylesford Hawks. It was a good week for their first team too as they eased to a comfortable victory at Warwick China Red and Tamworth Tigers were too hot for Leamington Spartans 1. Last Friday’s game at Rugby was called off when everyone arrived at Harris School to be told they could not use the court as the roof-mounted backboards were mal-functioning. The game will now be rearranged for later in the season. we are assured that there will be no repeat tonight when Arden visit Harris

In Division Two Coventry Tornadoes crashed to their second successive loss, this time at Nuneaton where Predators 1 bounced back to winning ways. Their second string lost heavily at Leamington 2 after leading 17-16 at one stage, and Ernesford Eagles, having gone down to a narrow home defeat at the hands of Westwood Rhinos last Friday, slipped up again, this time at JM Grizzles who are riding high at the top, unbeaten but behind Trojans 3 on games played!

REFEREES ITEM – PLAYERS BITE BACK……

 Our item last week about the growing problem of abuse to referees and the resultant bout of technical fouls being issued has prompted some comments from players, mainly centring on the fact that some officials appear unapproachable. Therefore we now make an appeal to all parties to take the heat out of any confrontations which might occur on court. Referees – will you please explain to the “injured” party when a natural break happens in the game – quarter end or half-time, to help them understand what you called and why. Players – please approach the officials in a respectful and controlled manner when raising a query. And we are sure you will get a courteous response.

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National League

Division Three           Coventry Flames 73-94 Warwickshire Hawks

Under 18                 Coventry Tornadoes 62-73 Stoke-on-Trent Knights

Under 16                 Coventry Elite 63-47 Warwickshire Hawks

Coventry Tornadoes 79-44 Northamptonshire Titans Purple

British Wheelchair League

Junior Division          CWBA 60-18 Fletchlings

Division One            CWBA 79-31 Warwickshire Bears

 Youth Basketball League (YBL)

Under 15                 Coventry Tornadoes 64-29 Redditch Rapids

Coventry Elite 45-42 Nuneaton Predators

Under 13                 Redditch Rookies 78-35 Arden Griffins

Nuneaton Predators 23-73 Coventry Elite

HAWKS BOUNCE BACK TO DOUSE THE FLAMES……                                

Warwickshire Hawks bounced back from their recent poor results to V claim “bragging rights” over their local rival Coventry Flames. Another poor performance saw Hawks on the back foot in the first half when they could not get going and their teamwork was ragged and disjointed. However, a half-time meeting brought them to the fore and their second-half showing was out of the top drawer. They hit Flames with a devastating 31-19 quarter which took them from 42-37 down into the lead and they then followed this with an equally fine performance in the final ten minutes to land a 94-73 victory. Matt Yates once again led Hawks scoring with 28 with Ash Dickson on 24,Coventry Flames this Sunday at 2.45 when the local rivals meet at The Coventry Sports Centre.

For Hawks Contact Alex Birch  – alexbirch07@yahoo.co.uk …………..Telephone 07525853423

For Flames Contact Rob Eddonac2704@coventry.ac.uk

 

LEVEL 1 REFEREEING COURSE IN NUNEATON…….…

Nuneaton Predators are hosting a Level 1 course for referees on Sunday 8th December in conjunction with James Davies of YBL Coach Lloyd Taylor who has joined the Warwickshire Basketball Executive Committee is eager to get more officials qualified in order to assist the “crisis” which seems to present itself each weekend when our junior teams play in both NBL and YBL competitions, so he has been actively pursuing the opportunity to get a course organised and now he has managed to do so.

  If you need any further details you can contact Lloyd  –  Nuneatonbasketball@hotmail.com

 

PREDATORS ROCKET TO THE TOP IN BONFIRE WEEK!

Nuneaton Predators, who finished last season at the bottom of Division Two, sit proudly at the top with an unbeaten 4-0 record after their win at Team Rebels this week bringing great satisfaction to player/coach Lloyd Taylor (pictured in blue). Coventry Tornadoes could join them if they manage to beat Ernesford Eagles tonight but JM Grizzlies were unable to add to their three-game winning streak as Westwood Rhinos called off their match last night due to acute player shortages and Trojans 3 downed Spartans 2.

Aylesford Hawks were put to the sword once again, this time at Tile Hill Trojans 1 and will probably have to be satisfied with third place in Division One – if they manage to recover from their current player shortage and resultant slump in form. Tamworth Tigers took Arden Griffins to overtime following their narrow loss at Rugby Rage last Friday, and Leamington edged out Trojans 2 while Rage receive Warwick China Red tonight.

EAGLES DUMP HAWKS  – FLAMES BURN SPARTANS……

Warwickshire Hawks travelled North once again but, unlike last week when they returned home triumphant they were downhearted as they lost to Doncaster Eagles 84-71.

Hawks were 47-43 down at half-time but foul trouble cost them their intensity and Eagles cashed in at the end of a good, exciting game

More on Warwickshire Hawks from alexbirch07@yahoo.co.uk

 

Coventry Flames took the points at Stourport where they defeated Spartans 80-74 with a superb final quarter. Flames at home this week on Sunday 10th November 2.45pm to Stoke-on-Trent Knights.

More on Coventry Flames from Rob Eddon – ac2704@coventry.ac.uk

 

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National League

Division Three           Doncaster Eagles 87-76 Warwickshire Hawks

Stourport Spartans 74-80 Coventry Flames

Under 18                 Coventry Tornadoes 84-71 City of Birmingham Rockets

Under 16                 City of Birmingham 59-34 Warwickshire Hawks

 

 

British Wheelchair League

Division 3                Derby Wheelblazers 40-34 CWBA 3

 

 

Youth Basketball League (YBL)

Under 17                 WBA D-Squad 54-85 Coventry Elite

Under 15                 Coventry Tornadoes 67-49 Leadonites A Squad

JM Grizzlies 37-74 Leicester Riders

Tamworth Tigers 77-46 Yardley Defenders

Under 13                 Warwickshire Hawks 59-46 Yardley Defenders

HAWKS HALLOWEEN HORROR SHOW!

The big crunch at the top of Division One took place at St Peter’s School and it was Arden Griffins who triumphed to remain unbeaten as Aylesford Hawks crashed by 55. Tile Hill Trojans 1 took just five players to Leamington where Spartans 1 tried their best to upset the form-book, but Trojans went home the happier side. This followed their second team’s first win of the season over Warwick China Red and Rugby Rage host Tamworth Tigers tonight at Harris School. Ernesford Eagles suffered their first loss at Nuneaton Predators 1 who are going well in Division Two, as are JM Grizzlies who took maximum points from their two games in three days against Rebels and Nuneaton 2. Coventry Tornadoes came good in the final minutes to beat Leamington 2 and Westwood Rhinos slipped up against Tile Hill Trojans 3 as Trojans’ Trevor Robinson grabbed 32 points in his second game in 24 hours as Jack Ford dominated the scoring for Rhinos with 35.

HAWKS AND FLAMES BOTH WIN LAST WEEKEND……

Warwickshire Hawks went on the road to Sheffield and brought home the points as they hammered Sabres with a mighty second-half defensive display, yielding just ten points in the entire half. They led 38-33 at the interval before running riot to land an 82-43 win with Ash Dickson and Curtis Hadley both on 18 points. More on Warwickshire Hawks from alexbirch07@yahoo.co.uk

 Coventry Flames gained their first win when they eased past Derbyshire Arrows U23 squad 82-76 at The Coventry Leisure Centre. Flames are preparing to host the local fixture between themselves and Hawks on Sunday 19th November 2.45pm. More on Coventry Flames from Rob Eddon – ac2704@coventry.ac.uk

REFEREES WANTED URGENTLY………….…

Referees are urgently required for the following games: Coventry Elite – at Finham Park 2 School, Torrington Avenue, Coventry.                 

 Saturday 2nd November @ 11.30pm – TWO OFFICIALS NEEDED…..Contact Jackie Rossboroughmemine274@gmail.com or call 07814 531817

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National League

Division Three           Sheffield Sabres 43-82 Warwickshire Hawks

Coventry Flames 82-76 Derbyshire Arrows U23

Under 16                 Warwickshire Hawks 55-96 Worcester Bears

Northampton Titans Purple 63-68 Coventry Elite

 

 

Youth Basketball League (YBL)

 Under 15                 Coventry Tornadoes 57-68 West Brom

Walsall 99ers 59-67 Nuneaton Predators

JM Grizzlies 51-72 Tamworth Tigers

 

Under 13                 Coventry Tornadoes 73-21 West Brom

Under 11                 Coventry Tornadoes 20-2 Warwickshire Hawks

Coventry Tornadoes 6-11 Tamworth Tigers 1

Tamworth Tigers 1 26-4 Tamworth Tigers 2

Warwickshire Hawks 10-2 Tamworth Tigers 2

Coventry Tornadoes 5-0 Nuneaton Predators

Tamworth Tigers 1 28-1 Warwickshire Hawks

Coventry Tornadoes 14-6 Tamworth Tigers 2

 Leicestershire Ladies League

Leicester Cannons 52-32 Tile Hill Trojans

HAWKS & GRIFFINS SET PACE!

Three games and three wins – that is the proud record of the Division One pace-setters Aylesford Hawks and Arden Griffins who lead the way ahead of last season’s champions Tile Hill Trojans 1. Now the fun starts as the pair meet at St. Peter’s School on Thursday and the following Monday Hawks go to Hereward College where Trojans, still smarting after their home loss to Griffins will be waiting. Either Trojans 2 or Warwick China Red will get their first victory when the two go head-to-head on Monday and Tamworth Tigers will be looking to put one over their rivals Rugby Rage next Friday evening.

In Division Two, Westwood Rhinos lead the way but have lost one game, unlike Ernesford Eagles, who visit Nuneaton 1 – also defending a 2-0 record. Coventry Tornadoes join the group with a zero in the loss column while JM Grizzlies, who have played one, won one have two games in three days and will be looking to preserve their unbeaten record.

HAWKS HOME WIN LAST WEEKEND……

Warwickshire Hawks made it two from two as they followed up on their victory over Derby Trailblazers with a ten-point result against University of Wolverhampton in the National League Division Three. Hawks took the first quarter 23-12 but lost the second by two. They then moved away in the third and were led home by Matt Yates (22 points) and Tom Edwards (15).

………..More on Warwickshire Hawks from alexbirch07@yahoo.co.uk ……..

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National League

Division Three           Warwickshire Hawks 72-62 University of Wolverhampton

Birmingham Mets 98-72 Coventry Flames

Under 18                 Coventry Tornadoes 91-86 Leicester Warriors

Under 16                 Coventry Tornadoes 64-73 Worcester Bears

Shropshire Warriors 79-61 Warwickshire Hawks

National Cup           

Under 18                 Coventry Tornadoes 61-72 Milton Keynes Trojans

Youth Basketball League (YBL)

 Under 17                 Coventry Tornadoes 93-60 Leadonites D Squad

 Under 15                 Coventry Tornadoes 50-76 West Brom Basketball

JM Grizzlies 51-72 Tamworth Tigers

Warwickshire Hawks 105-36 Yardley Defenders

Under 13                   Nuneaton Predators 85-52 Yardley Defenders

Bromsgrove Bears 43-73 Warwickshire Hawks

Coventry Tornadoes 86-23 WBA D Squad

Redditch Rookies 34-47 Coventry Elite

TORNADOES STORM TO SECOND WIN

Coventry Tornadoes seem to have developed a liking to close finishes as they chalked up their second narrow victory in a matter of days. And their unlikely hero was their player/coach Paul Adams who scored their last six points in a frantic finish at Woodlands where they defeated Team Rebels 60-56. Adams, at 6’11” has the nickname of Tall Paul and he certainly stood tall when he and his side went four points down in the final quarter of their Division Two encounter. Adrian Fonacier, who was their top scorer with 22 points then dropped in two, followed by Michael Stokes and Adams to put them ahead, but Tornadoes showed their defensive qualities as Rebels became desperate for a score. It went basket for basket to the final minute when Adams struck gold to steer Tornadoes to victory from the free-throw line.

Ernesford Eagles had their own big man Ben Clarke to thank for their win at Tile Hill Trojans 3. Clarke dominated the boards at both ends of the court as Trojans floundered and went 39-15 down by half-time before switching their defensive play and pulling things back. But the damage was already done and Eagles took the points 68-45 with Clarke leading on 16. Westwood Rhinos were too good for their hosts Nuneaton Predators 2 as Jack Ford slammed in another thirty points to make it 84 in two games, and JM Grizzlies made their first fixture a memorable one as they outsmarted Leamington Spartans 2 68-36 with Daniel Valente and Harry Addaway leading the charge.

Defence was the key to the game at Tamworth, where Trojans 1 kept the usually high-scoring Tigers to the mid-forties despite having four of their regular starters missing. Trojans also lost Farouk Bello who was involved in a collision early on and their remaining six men battled it out to win 66-46. Arden Griffins provided the fireworks once the touch-paper had been lit at Leamington Spartans 1 as they rocketed to a 100-51 victory and Aylesford Hawks welcomed Warwick china Red to their first game of the season with a convincing 64-46 win to make it three from three.

Rugby Rage got their win column moving as they came out tops 76-64 at Hereward College, where Trojans 2 were on the wrong end of a first quarter pasting. Without their two leading scorers, Trojans gave debuts to the two teenage Duckers brothers and despite leading early on, the experienced Rugby side had too many aces in their pack, none more so than fourteen-year old Callum Martin who gave a display far beyond his years to land 22 points with Guntars Trabliks on 19 as Ben Linnett replied with 20 for Trojans.

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 British Wheelchair League

Premier League        Sheffield Steelers 1 54-40 CWBA 1

CWBA 1 79-30 Northern Ireland Knights

Division One            Aces 57-44 CWBA 2

CWBA 2 54-43 Blackhawks

Division Three          CWBA 3 34-24 Blackhawks 2

 National League

Division Three           Warwickshire Hawks 76-70 Derby Trailblazers II

Under 16                 City of Birmingham III 84-60 Coventry Elite

Warwickshire Hawks  54-82 Coventry Tornadoes

National Cup           

Under 16                 Cheshire Phoenix 61-51 Coventry Tornadoes

Youth Basketball League (LTG Cup)

Under 17                 Frankley Falcons 87-77 Coventry Tornadoes

Under 15                 Nuneaton Predators 57-81 Frankley Falcons

West Brom 54-40 Warwickshire Hawks

Shrewsbury Storm 37-74 Coventry Tornadoes

Under 13                 Frankley Falcons 32-83 Coventry Tornadoes

Leicestershire Ladies League

Tile Hill Trojans v Melton Mowbray – postponed

RIDERS OFFER TICKET DEAL…

Leicester Riders are our nearest BBL side and a poster advertising their offers is also attached to the e mail in which today’s issue of THE BEAR FACTS arrived.

 If you want further details on the Riders offers you can also contact them at groups@leicesterriders.co.uk or call the hot-line 0116 2558635

JACK’S THE RIPPER FOR RHINOS!

NEWS ON FRIDAY 11TH OCTOBER

Westwood Rhinos’ leading scorer Jack Ford ripped a massive 53 points in his side’s 75-61 victory over Leamington Spartans 2 at Newbold Comyn. Relegated Ernesford Eagles showed that they are to be a power in Division Two as they hammered Nuneaton Predators 2, while Predators’ first team went to the top of the league with their second win of the season, this time at Tile Hill Trojans 3. In Division One, Arden Griffins and Aylesford Hawks remain unbeaten following their victories over Warwick China Red and Tamworth Tigers respectively. There was a friendly rivalry at Hereward College where Tile Hill Trojans 1 defeated their Second team despite having three players missing.

 Don’t forget that unless you are registered with Basketball England you will not be allowed to compete or officiate in the league or cup so, unless you have done this already – get cracking!  https://www.basketballengland.co.uk/become-a-be-member/

RIDERS OFFER TICKET DEAL…

Leicester Riders are our nearest BBL side and a poster advertising their offers is also attached to the e mail in which today’s issue of THE BEAR FACTS arrived.  If you want further details on the Riders offers you can also contact them at groups@leicesterriders.co.uk or call the hot-line 0116 2558635

 

 

CHAMPIONS CRASH AT FIRST HURDLE

Warwickshire Basketball League Champions Tile Hill Trojans 1 were unseated as they faced their title rivals Arden Griffins in a foul-ridden opening game of the new season.

Whilst it is too early to see whether or not it will once again be a two-horse race as per last season’s campaign, the odds are that both sides will be fighting it out in the home straight along with Aylesford Hawks possibly the dark-horses in a potential photo-finish. Hawks opened their campaign with a convincing win over newly-promoted Rugby Rage, with a stunning performance from the returning Joel de Lara Bond who showed his side the way with 30 points in a game which Hawks dominated throughout as George Pool added 18.

Tamworth Tigers were quick out of the blocks against Trojans 2 who recovered from a wretched start to get to within seven at the close, despite being 24 down inside the second-half. But the real drama took place at Hereward College where Trojans sprinted into an early lead as Griffins struggled to penetrate the Tile Hill hoop, but the visitors switched their defensive play and Trojans began to force shots. Paul Roberts who hit just under a hundred three-pointers last season was on form again and landed four in the first half as Trojans stumbled and Griffins went in with a 46-36 lead. Some harsh words from player/coach Trevor Robinson seemed to galvanise the home side who hauled it back to 45-48, but then they took the wrong course and Griffins cantered away to lead 63-47 with just one quarter remaining. Scott Owen tried desperately to rally the Reds and they took heed of his drive to get back to 61-69, but just when they needed it, everything caved in for Trojans who lost Ash Dickson and top-scorer Mark Larner as the fouls mounted up, then Austin Dickson rolled an ankle to add to their misery. Griffins saw their opportunity and grabbed it to head off once more and the margin, which had at one time been down to a short-head, ended up with several lengths between the two as the race for the line ended with Griffins on the romp at 77-68. Luke Hatfield (pictured) put in 20 points and Roberts 19 for Griffins with Larner on 17 and Owen 15 for the beaten favourites who now have to remount and go for glory in the remainder of a long season.

In Division Two there were wins for Nuneaton Predators 1 and Trojans 3 who were six down with two minutes of their game against Nuneaton 2 before a flurry of fouls gave them the chance of victory which they took amidst smiles of relief. Coventry Tornadoes, re-entered the league after falling apart mid-way through last term had a scare at Westwood Rhinos where they led by thirteen going into the final quarter, before Rhinos made a super-charge and took a two-point lead thanks to man-of-the-match Jack Ford, but Michael Stokes sealed things for Tornadoes from the foul-line in the last minute in a breath-taking finish.

GRIFFINS STUN CHAMPS IN OPENER!

Arden Griffins, Division 1 runners-up last season stunned Tile Hill Trojans 1 by coming from behind to land a 77-68 opening-night win over the current champions at Hereward College.

Aylesford Hawks took on newly-promoted Rugby Rage and got their season off to a flier too, to land a tasty victory, as did Tamworth Tigers, when they faced up to Tile Hill Trojans 2 at The Rawlett Centre.

In Division 2, Nuneaton Predators 1 took three points from newcomers Leamington 2 while last night Predators’ second string lost a six point lead in the final two minutes at Trojans 3 and Westwood went down by the narrowest of margins at home to reincarnated Tornadoes.

TOUCH-PAPER IS LIT – NOW FOR THE FIREWORKS!

AFTER A SUMMER OF REST AND RECUPERATION THE TIME HAS COME TO DUST OFF THE BOOTS, DON THE VEST AND GET BACK ONTO THE COURT FOR ANOTHER EXCITING SEASON OF BASKETBALL IN THE WARWICKSHIRE LEAGUE.

AND WHAT AN OPENER THE COMPUTER HAS THROWN UP AS LAST SEASON’S CHAMPIONS AND CUP WINNERS TILE HILL TROJANS 1 ENTERTAIN RUNNERS-UP ARDEN GRIFFINS IN A PROVERBIAL SIX-POINTER AT HEREWARD COLLEGE. IT COULD MAKE OR BREAK THE SEASON FOR ONE OF THE PAIR AS THEY FACE EACH OTHER WITH NO SHORTAGE OF FIRST-NIGHT NERVES.

FORMER CHAMPIONS AYLESFORD HAWKS ENTERTAIN RUGBY RAGE AND THE NEWLY-PROMOTED SIDE WILL FIND IT TOUGH IN THE FIRST DIVISION AFTER GOING UNBEATEN ALL LAST SEASON IN THE LOWER LEAGUE. EVER-IMPROVING TAMWORTH TIGERS ALMOST PICKED UP A TROPHY LAST SEASON AND THEY HOST TROJANS 2  AS THE SEASON FINALLY GETS UNDERWAY.

 

SO, THE TOUCH-PAPER IS WELL AND TRULY ALIGHT – NOW FOR THE FIREWORKS!

CHAMPIONS OPEN WITH FIRECRACKER!

TILE HILL TROJANS 1, CHAMPIONS FOR THE PAST FOUR SEASONS WILL FACE RUNNERS-UP AND ARCH-RIVALS ARDEN GRIFFINS WHEN THE NEW SEASON TIP[S OFF NEXT MONDAY (30TH)

THE TWO, WHO HAVE FOUGHT SOME EPIC BATTLES OVER THE RECENT YEARS WILL MEET AT TROJANS HOME COURT HEREWARD COLLEGE AT 8.15 PM AND THIS COULD BE THE TITLE-DECIDER FOR ONE OF THE PAIR IN THE FIRST WEEK.

OF COURSE THE OTHER SIDES IN DIVISION ONE WOULD DISAGREE BUT THE COMPUTER COULD NOT HAVE PRODUCED A MORE MOUTH-WATERING FIXTURE HAD IT TRIED.

BOTH SIDES WILL BE EAGER TO GET THEIR SEASON OFF TO A FLIER AND MANY AT WARWICKSHIRE BASKETBALL JUST CANNOT WAIT!