Exeter Otters v Bears
Exeter Otters: 57
It was a mixed set of results for the Bears this weekend, as their Premiership team travelled to Exeter to play the Otters, whilst at the same time Bears 2 and 3 hosted Blackhawks 1 and 2 at their current home venue in Henley-in- Arden.
The Bears Premier team again had an long distance journey to Exeter Otters who were promoted back into the top division after a couple of seasons in the lower division. From the tip the speedy Otters put the Bears under pressure by playing a full court pressing game, which the Bears found hard to break down and forced into making turnovers which the Otters capitalised on to go into the end of the quarter with a lead of Otters 16 – 10 Bears
The Otters kept up the pressure on the Bears in the second quarter but the Bears cut down on their forced mistakes and were able to keep in touch going into the half time with the scores Otters 33 – 26 Bears.
After the break the Otters began to target the Bears leading scorer Daz Peasley putting all their efforts into forcing him further away from his shooting range, but the Bears turned to Macauley Tomlinson and Jacob Robinson to try and keep within touch going into the last quarter with the scores. Otters 47 – 36 Bears.
The last quarter was a mirror of the earlier quarters, with Otters targeting Bears shooters whilst keeping their score ticking over and keeping the lead they had earlier built up to finish the game. Otters 57 – 47 Bears
After the game Coach Masterson said “Congratulations to Otters on a graet performance and a good win for them. They put us under enormous pressure from the tip-off and we couldn’t break the shackles they put on us. We will go away and work hard on our game and with trying t get a win from somewhere.”
Division 1 South
Bears 2: 40
The Bears second team were able to pick up a win in their game against Blackhawks. In a game that was close from the tip-off and Bears Theo Pilkington scoring the winning basket 3 seconds before the final buzzer.
After the game assistant Coach Dan Smith said “Bears 2 took their first victory of the season with a fantastic game from start to finish. Winning by the narrowest of margins with 3 seconds left on the clock. Although trailing for most the game the bears remained positive and never gave up.
Division 3 Central/South East
The first game of the season seen the Bears 3 team keep their winning start to the season going against the Blackhawks second string team. With the Bears Junior’s Ellan Fraser and Kyle Jackson making an impact in the game alongside veteran players Adrian Taber and Jagdeep Tiwana, the Bears 3 were in control all throughout the game.
After the game Coach Dan Smith said “Bears 3 go two for two today with a good win over Blackhawks 2 even with a slow start and a low scoring half the bears dug deep and brought it home in a convincing fashion”.