WARWICKSHIRE Bears fought hard to secure a 52-42 victory at Leicester Cobras in their first British Wheelchair Basketball League Division One South encounter of 2018 on Sunday.
The first quarter was a scrappy affair as both teams showed rustiness and it was the hosts who led 14-12 by the end of the period.
Bears came out stronger in the second quarter, playing a harder defence, but were unable to make any real headway initially until slowly pulling away to lead 26-19 at the halfway stage, with the highlight being Jacob Robinson’s buzzer-beating basket from his own half.
Cobras came out determined in the third quarter, playing a full court press to try and reduce the deficit, but the Bears were able to overcome it as Dan Gill and Ben Haigh broke down the defence and kept Bears in front at 40-30 by the end of the third quarter.
Bears saw out the last quarter and kept their lead intact, going basket for basket with Cobras to win by ten points.
Bears coach Tom Masterson said: “I’d like to congratulate the Cobras as they fought all the way and gave us a real test.
“Although disappointed with the display, we still won, so we have to be happy about that. We have some big games coming up and we need to be so much better for them or we will get punished.”
BEARS 3rds claimed a 23-18 victory at Leicester Cobras 2nds in Division Three Central.
The match marked the return of Andy Stow from a hip operation, whilst new junior Kieran Parker impressed.
Bears coach Jacob Robinson said: “I’m so proud of the Bears. With three starting players missing, to get the win was brilliant.”
Bears return to action on January 21 against Devon Otters, whilst the 3rds face Jaguars. Bears are still looking for a sponsor for the team and also eyeing new members, especially female and junior players. Email email@example.com or call 07946 518354 for details.