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.