Warwickshire Bears claim local bragging rights against Coventry Wheelchair Basketball Academy - The Rugby Observer

Warwickshire Bears claim local bragging rights against Coventry Wheelchair Basketball Academy

Rugby Editorial 12th Apr, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

IT WAS a double celebration for Warwickshire Bears after both the first and second team tasted victories in what was a busy weekend for the club.

It all began for the first team who hosted local rivals Coventry Wheelchair Basketball Academy (CWBA) in the Second Division South at Warwick College in Henley-in-Arden on Sunday.

The first quarter saw the Bears defence limited their fast paced opponents to only two baskets in the first quarter while racking up 16 points themselves.

After the break the visitors put pressure on the Bears but the hosts were ready for the challenge and pulled further ahead to open a larger gap at the half way point.

In the second half of the match the Bears were able to utilise a full bench and although CWBA tightened the grip on the Bears attack by slowing the scoreboard count, they were unable to make any dents in the Bears score.

The final quarter saw CWBA’s Cameron Swan come out shooting by hitting two impressive three point shots but the Bears were always in control and finished as 64-35 winners, with Ben Haigh top scoring with 23 points.

The Bears’ second team were hoping to get back to winning ways immediately afterwards when they took on Hampshire Harriers in the Third Divison South West League, and they were boosted by a full complement of players after last weekend’s inury crisis.

Both sides traded baskets in what proved to be a close opening quarter which ended with the Bears having their noses in front by a single point.

The second quarter again proved to be close with nothing seperating the tow sides although again the hosts held a narrow 27-24 lead by the half-way point.

The major turning point in the game came in the third period when the home side toughened up their defence and forced their opponents into mistake which allowed them to score from a series of turnover balls.

And with a strong lead heading into the final period, the Bears were able to ease their way to a 51-33 victory. Dan Gill top scored with 17 points while Rick Powell also chipped in with ten points.

The Bears are next in action when they host Norwich Lowriders and league leaders Gloucester Blazers on April 24 at Warwick College.

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