Bears bounce back
Warwickshire Bears 84
The Bears got their season back on track, after losing their last two fixtures, with an impressive win against the Coyotes. With the Coyotes made up of women GB squad players and coached by the GB women’s coach Miles Thompson, this could have been a potential challenge for the Bears, but they were determined to put the recent disappointments behind them and try to get back to the basketball that has got them promoted for two consecutive seasons.
From tip off the Bears were on top and with a relentless defence, they gave the Coyotes a limited chance at the basket as well as taking advantage with a free-flowing offence, racking up the score, to end the quarter Bears 21 – 8 Coyotes.
The second quarter was again a similar game to the first, with the Bears defence on top, they used it as a springboard to their attack and kept the scoreboard ticking over, pulling further away. The Coyotes kept changing their line up to try and break down the Bears, and whilst getting some joy at the Bears basket, the score saw a healthy lead to the Bears 43 – 22 Coyotes.
After the break the Bears defence once again took charge, limiting the Coyotes to only one basket throughout the quarter but still keeping the scores ticking over to go further in front and virtually win the game, leaving the third quarter with the scores at Bears 61 – 24 Coyotes.
With the game practically won, both teams used the last quarter to give opportunities to their bench to gain experience, but the Bears always in command of the game. The game was seen out with the Bears racking up an impressive score Bears 84 – 35 Coyotes.
After the game, Coach Masterson said “ I was so pleased with the display today. Don’t be misled with the score today as the Coyotes are a good team with so much talent and potential, and being coached by one of the best coaches, it only goes to show how well we played. These girls are the next wave of GB players and the future looks really bright for our women’s international team.”
Third Division South & West
Warwickshire Bears 2: 47
Worcester Wolves 40
The Bears 2.were involved in the game of the day when they faced Worcester Wolves, who came to the game with a strong squad of players, to try and keep their winning start of the season continuing. With the Bears 2 missing some of their players due to illness, they were forced into playing a new set up. Worcester took full advantage and went into the lead in the first quarter and kept the lead throughout the game, up to the last quarter, with the Worcester Wolves going into the last quarter with a slight lead of Bears 2 27 – 29 Worcester Wolves. The last quarter was tense and fraught quarter with the lead continually changing and no team getting any advantage until the last two minutes, when Bears went in front by two, and then Jagdeep Tiwana hit a long range three pointer for Bears to go five points in front. The Bears shored up their defence and kept on the pressure pulling further in front to see out the game. Bears 2 47 – 40 Worcester Wolves.
Coach Masterson said after the game “Wow what a game. The Bears were brilliant today. With a new line up they took their time to get use to it and they kept plugging away to get back in front just before the end and kept up their winning start to the season.