Week to savour for Bears sides - The Stratford Observer

Week to savour for Bears sides

Stratford Editorial 10th May, 2017   0

WARWICKSHIRE Bears claimed a 66-34 victory at Birmingham Black Cats in British Wheelchair Basketball League First Division South on Tuesday.

Keen to turn the tables on a bogey team, Bears led 17-14 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second period Bears put Black Cats top scorer Rob Smith under pressure whilst trying to take advantage of the possession they gained in return and they did so to move 39-24 up.

Some clinical play at both ends of the court allowed Bears to lead 55-32 heading into the final quarter, which was all about both benches getting a run-out.

Bears coach Tom Masterson said: “I would like to congratulate the Black Cats on a great game. They fought all the way through and should be proud of themselves.

“We didn’t play as well as we can and I’m pleased we can still win whilst not playing to our potential.”

BEARS 2nds clinched the Third Division South & West title with a 49-29 victory at Thames Valley Kings on Sunday.

The first half of the match was very hard fought and strong defence from Kings meant Bears’ lead was restricted to 21-14 at the halfway stage.

Strong defence and impressive shooting from Bears allowed them to end the third quarter decisively ahead at 39-18 before easing to victory in the closing stages.

Masterson said: “I’m immensely proud of the team for clinching the league title and qualifying for this year’s play-offs.

“Thames Valley Kings gave us a good game and, with the players they are bringing along, they will be at the top soon.”

Bears host London Thunder and Aces WBC on Sunday (11am) at Warwickshire College, Henley-in-Arden. Entrance is free.

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