Bears take top spot after Sparrows win - The Rugby Observer

Bears take top spot after Sparrows win

Rugby Editorial 28th Apr, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

BEARS secured promotion to the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball League Division Two after being crowned champions of Division Three (Central/East).

A convincing 70-18 victory in their final league fixture of the season at London Sparrows was enough for Bears to finish one point ahead of Coventry Crusaders.

It also ensures them a place in the National Play-Offs at the end of May in Worcester.

From the tip off the Bears were determined to not allow any slip ups and an intense defensive display combined with a free-scoring attack saw them take a 20-2 lead.

In the second quarter a few additions from the bench saw Bears step up the intensity and they were able to stretch their lead to 30-12 by the half-way stage.

A determined Bears maintained their strong defence after the re-start and after forcing their opponents into a series of mistakes to open up a 50-16 lead.

With the game virtually won, there was still no let up on as Bears finished the league campaign in style to claim a 70-18 win and clay down a marker for the upcoming play-offs.

“I’m really pleased for the players,” said head coach Tom Masterson.

“I’m so proud of the whole squad, who have worked hard all season and have won promotion plus a spot in this year’s National Play-Offs were they can pit themselves against the other top teams in the country.

“Although all the team were magnificent today, I have to make a special mention to the team’s MVP Richard Daffern, who lead from the start and galvanised such a strong display by the team.”

The Bears’ next game will be in the National play-Offs on either May 30/31 at the Worcester Arena.

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