Bears 1, 2 and 4 v Swindon Shock, Norwich Lowriders and C.O.B. Rockets
First Division South
Bears : 95
Swindon Shock: 14
The Bears first team had a comfortable win on Sunday when they faced Swindon Shock at home. After losing two of their influential players, Macauley Tomlinson and Jamie Hamilton, this was going to be an upward struggle for Shock and indeed this came to fruition as they faced a galvanized Bears side.
From the tip-off Bears were on the attack and with a free-flowing game and tight defense the Bears opened up a commanding lead of Bears 21 – 2 Shock at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter was once again a one-sided affair, with the Bears ticking over the scores and limiting Shock to rare opportunities at their basket. Shock also had no such luck at their basket, with many of their shots hitting the ring but not dropping. The Bears used the opportunity to give their upcoming star Aaron Grant the opportunity for a run out with the first team. Taking his chance, Aaron added to the Bears score going into the halftime break Bears 51– 5 Shock.
The Bears again took advantage of their chances in the start of the second half to add to their score difference in the league tables whilst shutting shock out from scoring. Shock again had no luck with any of their shots leaving the scores. Bears 71– 5 Shock going into the last quarter.
The final quarter was again about how many points the Bears could add to their league points difference, whilst Shock had more luck with their shooting at the Bears basket to end the game Bears 96– 14 Shock
After the game Coach, Masterson said “ I really felt for the Shock team today, as it’s not easy coming into a game losing two of their top players. I know they are rebuilding their team and am sure that with the coaching team and players they have, will be back on top again soon.”
Second Division South
Bears 2: 40
Norwich Lowriders: 46
In the game of the day, the Bears 2 team narrowly lost out to Norwich Lowriders in the final couple of minutes in this close fought game. From the tip-off, this was an end to end game, with the lead constantly changing hands up until the final minutes of the game, when Lowriders were able to pull out a lead and keep it till the buzzer.
After the game coach Hall said “Congratulations to Lowriders who were just too strong at the end. I was really proud of the team today and the effort all the players put in.”
Bears 4: 50
C.O.B. Rockets: 48
Bears development team, Bears 4, finished off the day with another great fixture, that was again won in the final seconds of the game. Featuring a number of new players making their league debuts and the Grinnell twins, Liz and Abbie playing together for the first time. Bears coach Lee Powell said after the game “Great win by our development team and congratulations to Rockets who also featured a number of new players playing their first competitive game. Today’s game goes to show the commitment the Bears have to attracting new players to our sport and club, and giving them a chance to play competitive sport.”