WARWICKSHIRE Bears 3rds returned to winning ways with a tense 49-46 victory at Leicester Cobras 2nds in British Wheelchair Basketball League Division Three Central.
The visitors spent long periods chasing the game but fought hard to edge over the line and set themselves up nicely for Sunday’s final game of the year at Stoke Spitfires.
The first quarter was a close affair with the defensive intensity maintained by both teams. The scores were kept low and Cobras finished the period 10-6 to the good.
The second quarter was again a tight affair with no team able to establish dominance and Cobras led 24-21 at the halfway stage.
The second half began with Bears displaying a renewed determination to gain the lead and add some momentum. However, an equally determined Cobras team hit back against any Bears attempt to pull level and the hosts took a 33-31 advantage into the final quarter.
Added pressure on the Cobras’ attack paid dividends in the last period for the visitors and Bears led by six points with just a few moments remaining.
In the last few seconds, Cobras came with a late charge to reduce their deficit but the Bears had done enough.
Bears coach Dan Smith said: “It was a rocky start to the game but, with a few minor tweaks and changes, we ultimately took the lead.
“With everyone digging deep until the final buzzer, we came away with the win. I’m really pleased with the second half performance and we will look to build on it against Stoke.”