With three excellent matches taking place last week for the Allied Mobility sponsored Coventry outfit, it was hard to choose which to report on. There was only one fair and mature way to decide…Eeny, meeny, miny, moe!
BWB First Division South
CWBA 2’s new-look first division team welcomed the newly promoted, Woking Blackhawks, to their home turf at Woodlands Academy and they certainly didn’t disappoint.
The Crusaders came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders, dominating both offensive and defensive boards. They quickly built up a strong lead, with fifteen unanswered points. Olly Griffith-Salter, Elliot Hardman and Sam Lewis all managed to take advantage of the team’s height advantage to score under the basket. Despite a rally from the Blackhawks, CWBA 2 closed out the first quarter with a lead of 21:4.
More of the Same, Please
The second quarter followed a similar pattern, with CWBA 2 scoring well under the basket and playing a strong defence to limit the Blackhawk’s opportunities. Rotations from the bench disrupted the CWBA 2 offensive balance a little, but the defence remained strong limiting Blackhawks to just six points in the quarter.
Realising the importance of allowing different partnerships to develop on the court, the coaching team rotated the squad again. With each player bringing a particular set of skills to the team, gelling together is vitally important.
The final quarter saw CWBA move the ball better creating some good ‘pick and roll’ basketball. A further 21 points were added to their tally, while restricting Blackhawks to just six.
It’s no secret that a high number of points scored is always well received, but by far the best part of CWBA 2’s game was their defence. The players started to communicate well and work as a unit. Restricting any team in a fast-moving game like basketball to single figure points an all four quarters of a game is testament to the players’ hard work and commitment to each other.
Final score: CWBA 2 69 : Blackhawks 20
Scorers: Olly Griffith-Salter 23, Elliot Hardman 20, Dan May 11, Sam Lewis 8, Tom Cutts 6, Tom Millward 1.