Warwickshire Bears 67 London Thunder 32
British Wheelchair Basketball League Division One South
THE BEARS secured a third placed finish at worst with victory in Sunday’s encounter, which sets up another thrilling encounter this coming weekend.
This Sunday’s game against London Titans will decide who finishes in second spot and qualifies for this season’s National Play-offs.
Bears coach Tom Masterson said: “Once again I can’t really express how proud I am of this bunch. To gain successive promotion for two years and to finish at least third in the first division in our very first time in this division is a major achievement to the players at the club.
“This result has set up a fantastic game on Sunday and, although Titans are favourites to win, we will give it everything, like we always do.”
From the start of Sunday’s game, the Bears took control, playing a strong defence which limited Thunder to only ten points, whilst Ben Haigh and Jacob Robinson soon found their shooting range and helped Bears to a 19-10 lead by the end of the first quarter.
The experienced Thunder team came out fighting in the second quarter, tightening their defence on Robinson and Haigh, but Ian Beach and Dan Gill took over the scoring duties and were able to help the Bears to a 35-20 lead by the halfway stage.
The third quarter was all about the Bears’ offence as Thunder played a strong defence, leading to Bears moving 55-26 up with a quarter remaining, from which the outcome was never in doubt.
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Warwickshire Bears 2nds 46 Aces 32
Division Three South & West
BEARS 2nds finished their league season with their 100 per cent record intact thanks to victory against a determined and strong Aces.
Bears were always ahead, but Aces star Leanna Adams was in brilliant form and their MVP Charlotte Thornton was also a constant menace.
Bears were able to pull away though as Neil Bunting, Scott Webster and Bears MVP Dan Gill all got double figures on the scoresheet.
Coach Masterson said: “That finishes a fantastic season for the Bears 2nds who have the National Play-offs to look forward to.
“To finish top and go unbeaten for the season is a fantastic achievement, especially against the level of opposition they have had to face this season.”