Tornadoes (Coventry) 66 Warwick Bears 83
BEARS romped to an impressive Warwickshire League Division Two victory and gained revenge for a defeat earlier in the season.
Baskets from Ben Linnett, Sunny Thiara and captain Ricky Kular failed to prevent Bears from trailing 20-15 at the end of the first period as the hosts made the most of the height advantage of 6’ 9” centre Paul Adams.
Tornadoes opened the second period with three baskets in quick succession which forced Bears coach Ian A’Kempis to call an early time-out.
Kular returned at the centre of the defence and Linnett was also brought back to add fire power.
It had the desired effect as baskets from Kular, Linnett and Hewison reduced the arrears to 26-23 after six minutes.
Warwick took control with baskets from Ricky Kular, enjoying his best game of the season, and Linnett securing a well earned 34-30 half time lead.
Warwick increased the pace of the game at the start of the second half and Linnett found his range to rattle in early three point baskets.
A three point effort from guard Jason Aldred increased the lead to 49-37 and Tornadoes coach Paul Adams called a much needed time out to stop the Warwick offence.
But further long range efforts from Linnett and young Sam Crawford saw Warwick take a command ing 61-52 lead at the end of the third period.
Kular hit two from the line at the start of the final period but the Warwick defence suddenly fell apart as Tornadoes hit four quick baskets which reduced the lead to 63-60 after three minutes.
A furious A’Kempis called a time out to blast his team and man of the match Linnett hit two much needed basket which put Warwick 67-62 ahead as the game suddenly exploded.
Tornadoes player/coach Adams had been getting more and more frustrated with the officials lack of calls which resulted in a coach technical foul for abusive language.
It allowed point guard Crawford to go to the line to hit the two free shots and from the possession Ashley Dawson hit the basket to see Bears increase their advantage to 71-62.
It was not over as Tornadoes players lost their heads and another technical foul saw Adams threaten to take his team off the court.
Crawford calmly stepped up to the line to hit the free shots and hit the next basket putting Warwick further up 75-64 with two minutes remaining.
Tornadoes totally lost their way in the closing stages and Warwick took full advantage to run out comfortable winners.
Linnett top scored with 23 points with good support coming from Kular 16 and Crawford 15.
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