It is beginning to look like a two-horse race for the Warwickshire Basketball League
Division One title as Arden Griffins and the last year’s winners Tile Hill Trojans enter
the second half of the season.
Griffins lead the way with just one loss to date, and that came via the hands of dark-horses
Warwick University who, despite sitting at the bottom of the pile, have lost only three matches so
far, and they were the team to beat Griffins albeit by a single point, after Arden had won at Tile
Hill, and just before Trojans hammered University.
So a real mixed bag of results gives very few pointers as to who will get their name inscribed on
the trophy by Easter. Aylesford Hawks, from whom Trojans took the title last year this week
recruited former Coventry Tornadoes power forward Kane Hudson and could come in with a
strong run, despite having already been hit by four defeats as they struggled with injuries and a
shortage of top class players. Finally, in this elite group, there is Coventry College who by-passed
the middle reaches of the league after walking away with Division Three to land in the top flight.
College have a group of extremely talented Lithuanians who themselves are capable of winning
against any of the others sides.
If Division One is anyone’s, the second tier certainly looks to be a three-horse race. Cracovia
Stratford were walking on air at the end of November, but they then hit the buffers to slip-up
twice in three days, allowing both Warwick Grizzles and Warwick China Red to catch them.
Another couple of defeats and into the picture come improving Trojans 2 and the young
Tornadoes, while Ernesford Eagles – last year’s Division Two winners, surely cannot stay at the
foot of the table for much longer.
In Division Three it is a completely different picture as Tamworth Tigers have just about mauled
everyone to remain the only unbeaten side in the entire league. Being very strong at home but
not particularly good on the road, Tigers will surely win the promotion race, ahead of Rugby Rage
and Team Rebels, who have faded of late, while Westwood Rhinos’ results depend on the
unpredictable availability of their leading players, leaving the veterans of Trojans 3 and the
newcomers at Nuneaton to fight it out at the bottom.
With the Handicap Cup competitions starting in the second half of the month, it all adds up to an
exciting first quarter leading up to the Spring break.

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