WARWICKSHIRE BEARS Wheelchair Basketball Club lost out in their final away game in the NL Premier Division to the GLL & Aspire London Titans on Sunday, though Bears 2 earned some reprieve with a win against Titans’ third-team.
Despite the 77-49 loss, Bears can hold their heads high, having turned in a performance that was a marked improvement on the previous result to CWBA.
A spirited start by the Bears did little to take away from the fact that they trailed at the end of the first-quarter, keeping within touching distance at 12-18.
The Titans though, began to pull away from the Bears and open a ten-point lead by half-time, a lead which was extended to 58-35 by the end of quarter three.
Their forrays to the Bears’ basket became more frequent in the final quarter, as they eventually built an unassailable lead to win the game.
Head coach Tom Masterson could only talk about the positives from the game, despite another defeat for his side.
“Although being disappointed with another loss, I’m really happy with the positive attitude the team showed today.
“That first half reflects that even with the results we have suffered this season, it doesn’t make us a bad side.
“We just need more time to improve. I’m hoping this gives them more motivation to carry on with their hard work.”
They next host the RGK Tees Valley Titans on Saturday May 11 in the final game of the season.
Bears 2 had more success in Middlesex, where they maintained their push for the NL Second Division South play-offs, with three games remaining.
Their 60-40 win over Titans’ third team was a crucial one against a tough opponent, coach Daz Peasley able to make full use of his bench to rotate players and edge out the win.
He spoke of his delight after the game: “It was another good win today and we’ve kept our play-off hopes alive.
“It was also good to have a full squad today and sets up nicely for the end of season”.
Bears 2 return to the court on Saturday April 27 when they visit Sparrows.
The next team in action from Warwickshire Bears is Bears Women’s side, who head to Nottingham in the final weekend of the Women’s League Division 3.
They take on Wakefield Whirlwinds, Eastern Blue Stars and Jaguars across Saturday and Sunday in a packed final round of action.
The Bears are always on the lookout for new players and volunteers, and urge anyone that is interested to contact the club at [email protected], or by calling Tom at 07946 518354.