Thanmes Valley Kings V Bears 2
British Wheelchair Basketball League – Sports report 12/1/2019
The Bears 2 travelled to Thames Valley to take on the only other team in their division to not yet be beaten this season, in what appeared to be the battle between this seasons top teams.
Division 2 South
Thames Valley Kings: 61
Bears 2: 56
From the tip-off, the Kings were determined to put an early stamp on the game and show why they had so far gone unbeaten in the season. With the success of their forward Reece Barker, the Kings were able to build an early lead which would become the deciding factor in the game. The Kings had secured a commanding early lead by the end of the quarter with the scores Kings 20 – 12 Bears 2
The second quarter appeared to be a stalemate, with the Bears unable to pull back any of the Kings early lead. Kings 34 – 26 Bears 2
The Bears came out in the second half determined to equalise with the early lead the Kings had built. Although securing the most baskets in the quarter, a lot of work remained necessary to overturn the Kings lead going into the last quarter. Kings 48 – 42 Bears 2.
The last quarter was a nail biting end to a thoroughly entertaining game, with the Bears fighting to pull back into contention. Despite the vigour and passion of the Bears side, the Kings’ defence was resolute. The Kings took the victory and placed themselves as favourites to finish champions at the end of the season. Final scores on the board Kings 61 – 56 Bears 2.
After the game, Bears 2 coach Daz Peasley said “ I’d like to congratulate the Kings today for a great game and great win. We lost it in the first quarter and it was an uphill struggle after that. We just ran out of time at the end. It’s set up the return game, which is the last of the season, to be a title decider and hopefully we’ll make a better start in that one ”