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Double delight for Warwickshire Bears who clinch promotion

Rugby Editorial 29th Apr, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

WARWICKSHIRE Bears sealed promotion to Division One with three games of the season remaining after getting revenge on Norwich Lowriders on Sunday.

The Bears got the better of the only team who had beaten them this season 79-34 and who could catch them for one of the promotion places up for grabs.

From the tip off Bears the Bears were in a determined mood and dominated the Lowriders in defence while making their baskets count to go into the half-time break with a comfortable 34-12 lead.

The second half was again a story of Bears proving too strong defence and limiting the Lowriders to brief chances at their basket while keeping the scoreboard ticking along in offence.

A full compliment of players saw the home side cruise to a 79-34 victory, with Ben Haigh top scoring with 30, and coach Tom Masterson said he was proud of his side’s achievements.

He said: “At the start of the campaign I gave them a goal of staying in the division after promotion last year and for them to go on and gain promotion again plus qualify for the play-offs is amazing.

“We still have three tough games left and I hope they can carry on with these performances to the Play offs in June.”

There was also good news for the Bears’ second team who faced a tough battle at home to unbeaten Gloucester Blazers but they were able to record a 48-23 win in the Third Division of the South & West league.

Taking a leaf from the Bears’ first game of the day, the hosts came out with a high intensity defence and forced their opponents into a series of mistakes.

The Bears made their opponents pay by scoring freely to hold an overwhelming 26-4 lead at half-time.

And despite the visitors doing their best to not lose their unbeaten run, the Bears continued with their fine defensive game and made the most of their limited second half chances to hold a 48-23 lead at the final whistle.

“The team were brilliant,” Masterson added. “To hold the division leaders to only four points in the first half was awesome.

“They played brilliant and they deserve so much praise for their effort. I’m one happy coach.”

The Bears are next in action this Sunday when they host Maidstrone at Warwick College in Henley-in-Arden. Anyone looking at joining or sponsoring the club should email info@bearswbc.com or call 07946518354.

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