AN EIGHTH consecutive victory for Warwickshire Bears’ second team at rivals Plymouth Storm keeps them top of BWBL Third Division South & West.
Tom Masterson’s side knew they were in for a tough battle in Plymouth on Sunday, but they did enough to come away with a 49-26 win to move four points clear at the top.
From the tip-off the Storm played a physical game as they tried to intimidate the Bears, but this did not deter the visitors who were always in control of their play.
The visitors started to make inroads to the Storm basket while having the upper hand in defence and limiting their opponents to few shots at their own basket.
At the end of the first quarter the Bears held a 10-4 lead and in the second Plymouth looked to narrow the gap as they pressed hard to force turnovers, but the visitors managed to pull further away and led 23-12 at the halfway stage.
Storm came out for the third quarter knowing they needed to try and pull back some of the deficit quickly and stop the Bears’ ascendancy at their basket.
Instead the Bears’ defence remained on top as they limited their opponents to few chances while adding to the score themselves.
By the end of the third quarter the Bears were 17 points in front and, with the game virtually won, coach Masterson gave several squad players a run-out as the Bears pulled further away to claim a comfortable 49-26 win.
Masterson said: “I’m so proud of the team. To come to our nearest rivals and finish the game with that score is a reflection of how well we played and have improved since the last time we met.”
The Bears are next in action when the club’s women’s team visit Nottingham in the National Women’s League.
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