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  • Titans Blog - 10th/11th February 2018

    U16 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 74-71 Team Birmingham Elite

    Titans Purple made it two wins in a row as they upset another Birmingham team.

    The U16 boys met 3rd placed Team Birmingham Elite in a nail-biting game in the Midlands West Conference.

    The game opened with a 3 from Dinari Williams-Brown who's shot was backed up by a quickly 2 from Ben Hooper with the opposition failing to secure any points until 2 free-throws were awarded as Titans gave away consecutive fouls. Williams-Brown and Hooper were aided by Isaac Round to round up the scoring for the first period as the visitors only slightly edged ahead 17:18. The second period was plagued with turnovers from Titans due to bad passing and travelling which allowed the visitors to make the difference in this period. That combined with the 10 points from their number-8 helped them to remain ahead at half-time, 34:38.

    A team talk at half-time meant Titans went into the third, ready to leave their mistakes behind. A change in tactics from the home side meant that they utilised the space created by Birmingham's press and over-help on defence where they collapsed on every drive, making way for Titans' perimeter players to be dished the ball more. A tactic which helped Titans win their first quarter of the game 19:17 (53:55) as the visitors started to feel the wrath of a victory-hungry Titans team. The fourth was Birmingham's undoing as their play-making number 12 was ejected from the game with 5 personal fouls. Pressure from Titans' defence forced turnovers from Birmingham which the home team capitalised on as they drove hard to the basket on multiple occasions. Stellar blocks and steals from Ben Hooper and Saahil Kanabar meant the ball stayed in Titans’ hands, however, the score was 67:71 in favour of the visitors with a minute left on the clock, a situation that Titans were not going to accept, and they fought for every possession. After Williams-Brown dropped another 2, a foul on Hooper lead to an offensive inbound from the end-line which found the hands of Williams-Brown outside the perimeter who shot and landed the 3 putting Titans ahead by 1. The resulting inbound was stolen by Isaac Round leading to a quick layup which sealed Titans' victory by 3 points with a final score of 74:71. Titans third win of the season meant they leapt two places from the bottom of the table, their highest position so-far in their 17/18 JrNBL campaign. Titans Purple look to continue their winning streak as they travel away to Shropshire Warriors on Saturday.

    Top Scorers: Hooper 24 points & 13 rebounds, Round 24, Williams-Brown 22

    U16 Girls North Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 88-44 Northants Lightning

    Titans took on local rivals Northants Lightning and right from the tip Titans were in total control of the tie, the one-sided affair enabled Titans Head Coach Powell to experiment throughout in preparation for the play-offs.

    Titans’ team play was on full display as four players hit double figures in this runaway win.

    Top Scorers:

    Lauren Dabbs 21, Kenny Hamilton 16, Hannah Bird 14, India Evans 12

    Division 2 Women

    Northamptonshire Titans 61-59 Derbyshire Gems

    Titans were facing a Gems team that had lost the previous day and were looking to bounce back to keep their hopes of a top two spot alive, however they were faced with a very focused Titans team that had other ideas.

    Titans’ Captain Esme Kinghorn opened the scoring with a three-pointer followed by a Sascha Thompson basket and the home side were upbeat. The U16 duo of Hannah Bird and Kenny Hamilton showed their class as Gems were on the back foot; Mica Denton continued to dominate the Titans boards and adding a couple of baskets to inflict a 24-12 first quarter lead. Thompson continued to lead the charge for Titans; Georgia Collins came off the bench to hit back to back threes, however Gems upped the physicality on the young Titans; with Titans standing firm they still had a 7-point half-time lead.

    Gems just edged the third period but with Titans’ Paige Seaton and Bird connecting, Titans managed to hang on to a 5-point advantage. Gems straight away hit the Titans for 5-0; Titans were a little jaded and with the game tied a 50-50 the game continued to exchange scores, until the final seconds as Thompson converted the match winning lay-up with 0.6 seconds left on the clock. Gems called a time out but to no avail as Titans defence stood firm and a Titans win was thoroughly deserved.

    Top scorers:

    Thompson 21, Collins 10

    U14 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Shropshire Warriors 50 -106 Northamptonshire Titans

    Although Warriors against Titans sounds like it should be an epic contest, it was another one-sided match with Titans dominating from the start. A 36-10 first quarter followed by a 21-8 second period gave Titans an unassailable half-time lead. To Warriors’ credit, they came out fighting in the second half and competed well until the final minute of the third quarter, but Titans regained control and coasted to a 106-50 win. As has been the case throughout the season, there was a good spread of scoring with 5 players reaching double figures. Sean Rawlins was the game-high scorer with 26 points. Harry Mitchell 23, and Benji Leesing 21 almost matched Rawlins and Lorenzo Williams was one basket short of joining the ‘20-point club’ with 18. Although the result helps Titans’ play-off hopes, Coach Round was disappointed that a team that only managed 37 points in their first encounter were able to reach the half century on this occasion. With a gap in the schedule next weekend, Titans will have time to work on individual and team defence before their next game against Worcester Bears, when they’ll have the opportunity to claim the Midlands West Division title.

    U13s CVL

    Northamptonshire Titans were able to field two teams in the U13s Central Venue League held at Northampton School for Boys on Saturday. The well-supported event gave the young players the chance to test themselves against opposition from a number of local clubs. After all games had been played, Titans Blue ended the tournament with a ‘played two, won two, lost two’ record, whereas Titans Red were unbeaten. The players in both teams showed how much progress they’ve made during the season and that there is tremendous potential for the club’s future teams.

    Any youngsters interested in joining NEBC Titans should visit www.nebctitans.co.uk. Junior Titans training takes place every Saturday morning 10-11.30am at Weavers Leisure Centre – first session free!!

    U18 Men

    A great team performance by the U18 Titans defeating Nene Valley Venoms. In the first half, Titans moved the ball very well with simple passes creating simple offenses. In the second half, players executed what needed to be done, with the help of Kieran Wilson contributing with 9 assists and Conna Dover crashing the boards aggressively and adding 11 points.

    Top Scorers:

    Josh Wright 24, Nathan Gallagher 13, Dover 11

  • Titans Blog - 3rd/4th February 2018

    U16 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans Purple 90-70 City of Birmingham II Rockets

    Titans U16 Purple boys met in a spectacular game in the National League Midlands West Conference at home on Saturday as a long-anticipated win came in for Titans.

    Titans’ Isaac Round, Ben Hooper and Deimantas Cebatoriunas opened the game with an 11-0 run as the visiting side struggled to turn up, leaving it until 6-minutes into the game before putting a mark on the scoresheet. Their 2 points were matched by Isaac Round, whose efforts led him to drop 12 points in the first quarter making a significant contribution to the scoreline, coupled with excellent defence from Titans closed the first period 24:7.

    A change in tactics from Titans’ coach going into the second half set the quarter off in good terms as Isaac Round pulled the trigger for a 3 pointer which landed and was quickly followed by another 2 from Cebatoriunas. Yet another scoring run from Titans of 13-0 ensued and the quarter closed 82:49.

    Confidence was riding high for the home squad as they entered the final period, this enabled them to relax a little and play with the Rockets’ defence. Struggling to cope with this and frustrated, two key Rockets players were fouled-out in quick succession. Titans were unrattled and although had their worst quarter of the game statistically, they played to the final buzzer and took the game.

    Titans Purple face Team Birmingham Elite on Saturday at Weavers as they look to bring in another win.

    Top Scorers:

    Isaac Round 33, Dinari Williams-Brown 26, Ben Hooper 15

    U14 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 120 v City of Birmingham Rockets II 35

    As the 120-35 result suggests, the U14 boys match against City of Birmingham Rockets II was a very one-sided affair. The under-age Rockets were no match for the older, stronger and more experienced Titans players. It took the Rockets until the seventh minute to put some points on the board by which time Titans had scored 20. As it was 68-12 at half-time, Titans could afford to take their foot off the gas in the second half, but they still managed to cruise their way to their biggest total of the season. Six of the Titans reached double figures with Benji Leesing leading the way with 27 points. The other players with double-digit contributions were Isaac Round (21), Sean Rawlins (20), Lorenzo Williams (13), Harry Mitchell (11) and Ben Hooper (10). With four league games remaining, Titans only need two wins to guarantee their place in the play-offs.

    U12 Boys Bucks League

    Northamptonshire Titans 49-17 South Bucks Comets

    With several players unavailable, the U12s boys travelled to the impressive Stoke Mandeville Stadium on Sunday with just 6 players, but this didn’t stop them from recording another win in the Bucks U12s League. The lack of players meant they started the game 10-0 down, but at the end of the first quarter the gap had been closed to just 6 points with the scoreboard reading 14-8 in Comets favour. However, Comets were held scoreless in the second quarter and Titans went into the mid-game break 20-14 ahead. Titans continued to play well as a team at both ends of the court through the second half and thoroughly deserved their 49-17 victory. Highlights included Dimitris Makrakis’ buzzer-beater at the end of the third quarter, William Baker’s rebounding, and Ethan Round’s 6 of 6 from the free-throw line. Coach Round was pleased with the performance and was grateful to the parents who made the trip to Aylesbury to support the team.

    U16 Boys North Premier

    Northamptonshire Titans 110-60 Newcastle Eagles

    The U16 boys continued their winning run with a commanding performance against Newcastle Eagles on Sunday. Titans were in control from the start with a 30-13 first quarter score, Jude Carmichael being allowed to score freely. The boys were able to take their foot off the offensive gas in the third, but Sam Grant finished the quarter with a 3-point buzzer beater and Titans moved through the final quarter to the end of the game with a clear win with 5 players on double figures.

    Top Scorers: Carmichael 29, Grant 20, Diarra Layne 12, Ben Nailer 11, Jacob Cirtautas 10

    U16 Girls North Conference

    Leicester Warriors 56-94 Northamptonshire Titans

    The U16 girls also continued to dominate in their League with a win away at Leicester Warriors on Saturday.

    Top Scorer: Lauren Dabbs 44

  • Titans Blog - 27/28th January 2018

    U16 Boys North Premier

    Northamptonshire Titans 103-60 Cheshire Phoenix

    Titans had a very long break and so welcomed Cheshire as their first game of 2018; Titans now know that they could secure 2nd place in the League should they win all their remaining games.

    A quick basket for the visitors spurred Titans on to a 21-0 run lead by scores from Sam Grant and Taiwo Hamilton and saw a rampant Titans quarter finish 27-7.

    Jude Carmichael turned up the heat as Titans perimeter shooting dominated; with a change of tact, Ollie Dominque was defiant getting to the basket, but full credit to Cheshire as they continued to battle well and exploit the gaps in Titans’ defence.

    Sam Grant continued to impress and with the distribution of the ball that Ben Nailer brought to the home side, Titans were in complete control of the fixture. 11 out of the 12 players made the scoresheet producing a high-quality performance.

    Top Scorers:

    Grant 20, Carmichael 17, Dominque 15, Hamilton 14, Cirtautas 10

    U14 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 102-35 Oxford City Hoops

    The U14 boys hosted Oxford City Hoops on Saturday and it was clear from the tip-off that Hoops were not going to be able to cope with Titans’ size, speed and intensity. Titans’ tough defence limited Hoops to just 5 baskets from the field plus four free throws in the first half, whereas Hoops couldn’t stop Titans from scoring at will and amassing 48 points. In the second half, Hoops’ skilful guard scored 12 of his 14 points but despite his impressive efforts, they were never going to be enough to counter the Titans onslaught. Once again, all of the Titans players contributed to the team’s total with Sean Rawlins leading the way with 30 points. He was well-supported by Isaac Round 20, Benji Leesing 12 and Ben Hooper 12. Titans are getting ever-closer to mathematically securing a post-season play-off spot and testing themselves against the top teams in the country.

    Division 2 Women

    Northamptonshire Titans 71-88 Worcester Wolves

    A very young Titans team took to the floor against title chasing Worcester Wolves; Titans’ Paige Vyse struck early whilst Esme Kinghorn and Sascha Thompson were instrumental in the Titans defence.

    The visitors were hot from beyond the arc but Titans’ continued efforts meant the first quarter ended 20-21. Titans U16s duo of Hannah Bird and Kenny Hamilton shone brightly in the opening exchanges and with Kinghorn scoring on put backs, Titans continued to cause problems throughout the Wolves ranks.

    Titans downfall came at the start of the third when Wolves put together a 7-0 run followed by another 10-0 run. Another member of the Titans U16s, Lauren Dabbs, found her shooting form and with Molly O’Leary hitting from range, Titans continued to battle right to the very end.

    Top Scorers:

    Thompson 14, Kinghorn 14, Vyse 10

    U16 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 59-69 Worcester Wolves

    Titans Purple hosted Worcester Wolves in the return fixture this season; the first meeting back at the start of Titans’ first season together where Wolves took the game 95-33. Wolves took the lead at the end of the first quarter, however the scoring of Dinari Williams-Brown kept Titans within reach.

    Titans continued to battle during the second quarter with Ben Hooper reaching the basket and the score 25-34 at the half.

    The start of the third quarter was Titans undoing with Wolves taking a 16-0 run, halted by Isaac Round and Williams-Brown. It seemed that the game had slipped away but Round turned up the heat in the fourth and the score was brought back to within 10 when the final whistle went. A huge improvement shown by all in the team both offensively and defensively. These boys have a lot to be proud of.

    Top Scorers:

    Williams-Brown 20, Round 14, Hooper 13

    U14 Girls Midlands Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 65-57 Northants Lightning

    Titans U14 Girls took a short trip to play local rivals Northants Lightning. With something to prove after taking the win last time the teams met, Titans went out strong in the first quarter. Titans began to easily find the basket with an exceptional performance from a determined Abi Smith. Defensively Alise Zvidra kept Lightnings’ Deena at bay. Titans continued their ardent team performance throughout the second half outscoring Lightning 21-10. Coach James said, “it was great to see so many of the girls on the score sheet”.

    Ella McCahill-Brown was unstoppable in the post scoring a big 22 points, closely followed by Imogene Williams 12, Lucy Virag 12, Thecla Smalley 9, Abi Smith 8.

    Northamptonshire Titans 74-53 Bucks Hornets

    The U14 girls were at home to Bucks Hornets in the second game of the weekend; following Saturday’s win, Titans were full of confidence and went out with an excellent work rate. Despite this, they initially struggled to contain Hornets’ talented Captain; however, the controlled defensive effort of Alex Bello changed this.

    Titans pushed through the half working well as a team and keeping themselves in the game with a half time score of 33-37. Alise Zvidra found confidence in the third as she made several steals and put herself on the score sheet. Bello continued to work hard as Hornets struggled to stop Titans’ scoring trio of Ella McCahill-Brown, Imogene Williams and Luca Virag. Thecla Smalley and Zvidra hustled out the opposition in a robust performance from both. Titans only allowed Hornets 4 points in the fourth, compared to their own 20.

    U13 Boys Central Venue League

    As the U14 boys tipped-off at Weavers Leisure Centre, the U13 boys were starting their first game in the U15 Central Venue League at Northampton School for Boys. Although the team was playing against older players, they performed well under the guidance of Coach Saunders. The first game was a local derby against Northants Thunder and it was Titans who earned the bragging rights with a narrow victory. The second game was a much tougher affair against a much taller Kettering team, but Titans battled well, and no-doubt benefitted from the experience. The CVLs are helping the boys to prepare for next season and NEBC Titans is grateful to the organisers and all the volunteers who run the events.

    U12 Boys Bucks U12 league

    Northamptonshire Titans 36-20 South Bucks Comets

    Northamptonshire Titans 32-27 Luton

    On Sunday, it was the turn of the U12 boys who had an early start to make sure they got to Aylesbury in time for their 9:00am and 10:00am Bucks U12 league games. The league rules stipulated that, as Titans were not able to field 10 players, they started 10-0 down in each game, but this didn’t stop the team from recording two wins. In the first game, South Bucks Comets were scoreless in the first quarter thanks to Titans defence, but Comets fought back and trailed by just 3 points (23-20) going into the final quarter. Titans upped their defence and for the second time in the game held Comets scoreless in a quarter. At the other end of the floor, Titans finished well and added 13 points to their total. The 36-20 win put the boys in a good mood as they prepared for their second game against Luton. The Luton team had already beaten Titans 42-24 earlier in the season, but this time Titans got their revenge. A 10-0 deficit as the game started gave Titans a mountain to climb, but they showed great teamwork and determination. They had narrowed Luton’s lead to just one after the first period and had claimed a two-point lead by half-time. With a couple of minutes to go, Titans’ lead had been reduced to just 1 point and it looked like victory was slipping away. However, scores from Dimitris Makrakis and Ethan Round opened the gap again and they held on for a very satisfying 32-27 win.

  • Titans Blog - 20th/21st January 2018

    U14 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Worcester Wolves 19-76 Northamptonshire Titans

    It was business as usual for the U14 boys as they recorded another impressive win on the road against Worcester Wolves, the final score being 76-19. The hosts found it difficult to find gaps in Titans’ defence and were limited to 12 points in the first half. In contrast, Titans finished well on the break and used their set offences to amass 41 points. In the second half, Lorenzo Williams came alive and powered his way to the basket on numerous occasions, finishing the game with a season-high 12 points. Alex Robinson also had his best game of the season displaying high-energy defence and contributing 10 points to Titans’ total. The reliable Harry Mitchell and the mighty Sean Rawlins also achieved double figures scoring 11 and 15 respectively. Although Titans missed a number of opportunities towards the end of the game, Coach Round was satisfied with the team’s performance commenting: “We had a great spread of scoring across the team and, once again, all of the players made it onto the scoresheet.” He added: “Defensively, our energy levels were high, and we rebounded well.” Despite the strong performance, Coach Round is still looking for improvements in time for the playoffs and will be working on pushing the ball down court and quicker passing on offence. The team will be keen to maintain their unbeaten run when they welcome Oxford Hoops to Weavers Leisure Centre on 27th January.

    U16 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Worcester Bears 127-74 Northamptonshire Titans

    U16 Boys Titans Purple took a trip northbound this weekend to face top of the table, Worcester Bears. From the outset, the Titans squad knew they were going to have a tough game on their hands with only 8 players making the journey due to injuries and matching up against a very tall and talented team. Nether-the-less, Titans showed great heart and were not going to go down without a fight. The only difference in the game was Bears’ ability to score from height as due having a depleted squad, Titans lacked in this area and Bears capitalised on this. Bears won all four quarters and the game finished 127:74; a massive improvement from their previous meeting at the beginning of the season and Titans continue their development into a great performing team as they face Worcester Wolves at home next weekend.

    Top scorers:

    Ben Hooper 25, Dinari Williams-Brown 19, Isaac Round 17

    U18s Peterborough League

    Huntingdon Hawks 55-61 Northamptonshire Titans

    A great win for the Titans U18s against, Huntingdon Hawks! The game began slowly in the first five minutes of the first quarter, but things quickly changed when Josh Wright and Josh Taylor began to heat up on both sides of the court. Sol Hughes did an awesome job cleaning up the glass, diving for loose balls and playing aggressive offense and defence. The bench also brought the heat with them, as Kieran contributed with 6 points and 5 assists. Both backcourt guards, Kelvin Ndiritu and Curtis Young stopped the defence from penetrating to the basket and creating the fast break offense for Titans. In the second half, PJ Preston did a great job facilitating and creating offense.

    Top Scorers: Wright 21, Taylor 17

    U16 Girls North Conference

    Lancashire Spinners 43-81 Northamptonshire Titans

    Titans made the long journey up North to basement team Spinners.

    Titans’ form was evident from the tip as Lauren Dabbs got the scoring going joined by Kenny Hamilton. Titans’ defence kept the home team scoreless for a full 7 minutes and with India Evans finishing the first quarter with 3 points, Titans were leading 8-23.

    Spinners’ second quarter was their very best as a 12-0 run saw them close in on the Titans’ lead and only trailing by 9 points confidence and belief were present.

    Titans’ coach Barry Powell demanded more resolve which Titans paid in abundance as the visitors’ defence took hold of the game and Spinners struggled to cope and Titans scoring flow was re-established; Titans dominated throughout right to the final buzzer.

    Top Scorers:

    Dabbs 29, Millar 11, Hamilton 11, Evans 11

    U14 Girls Midlands Conference

    Luton 75-46 Northamptonshire Titans

    Titans’ U14 girls took the short trip to Luton this weekend. This is the third time of meeting this season and after the last score line, Luton expected the win. Titans’ girls got out to a strong start learning from the previous encounters, containing Luton’s guards who proved to be significant scoring threats. Titans maintained good position defensively causing frustration within the Luton side; this kept Titans in the game throughout however as the time ran down in the fourth quarter, Titans were not able to convert their scoring opportunities which saw the score line favour Luton. At the final whistle, Titans’ coaching staff had nothing but praise for the girls’ performance.

    Top scorer: Ella McCahil-Brown 28

  • Titans Blog 13/14th January 2018

    Division 2 Women

    Northamptonshire Titans 76-73 Nottingham Wildcats II

    In the previous encounter Titans took a narrow victory, Wildcats arrived with a new look team hopefully looking to reverse the result. Titans got off to a good start with a Paige Vyse bucket and a Sascha Thompson 3, however Wildcats looked to go inside which in turn opened space for their shooters; this appeared to have done the trick as they led 13-16 at the end of the first.

    Titans started the second well through Thompson and Mica Denton but 10-0 run from Wildcats saw Titans starting to fade away. The response came through Thompson but Wildcats finished with a run of scores to a 10-point lead.

    Titans required an improved performance to get back into the game; a change in defence and attitude saw Titans hit the Wildcats with a 10-2 run, the momentum was with the home side as Vyse ripped down the lane scoring at will whilst Titans’ defence limited the visitors to few opportunities and with the score at 57-58 going into the fourth the contest was wide open. Wildcats opened with a 3 but Denton and Paige Seaton got in on the 12-1 run which was enough to see the Titans take the victory.

    Top Scorers:

    Vyse 23, Thompson 22

    U16 Girls North Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 71-67 Derby Trailblazers

    This game saw the top two teams in the North going head to head; Derby Trailblazers had to beat Titans to stay in contention of the North Conference Title, however a win for the unbeaten Titans would see them close out their nearest rivals in the title race.

    Derby settled early as Titans could only score from the foul line in the first three minutes, but it was Lauren Dabbs that broke the trend and with Tegan Millar causing problems for the visitors, Titans regained composure with some excellent transition basketball taking in a 23-14 led.

    Trailblazers fought back in the second whilst Hannah Bird and Dabbs continued to keep the Titans score ticking over.

    In the third, Trailblazers turned up the heat as Titans lost their way and Trailblazers took full advantage of some easy scores. India Evans continued to impress with her ball movement, but Titans were now behind and needed to find their resolve.

    Titans defence stepped up a gear and with key scores coming from Dabbs, Bird and Evans, Titans were in total control to finish victorious and keeping their unbeaten record intact.

    Top Scorers:

    Dabbs 34, Bird 18

    U16 Boys Titans Midlands West Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans Purple 62-70 Stoke-on-Trent Knights

    In arguably their best performance of the season, Titans U16 Boys Purple team met Conference heavyweights, Stoke on Trent Knights at Weavers Leisure Centre on Saturday in the Midlands West Conference of the Jr NBL.

    The game started with a strong statement thanks to the help of Max Aldridge from Titans as they went to a 11:2 lead within the first 5 minutes but Knights returned their quick lead narrowly missing equal points as the quarter ended 15:13 to Titans

    The Knights went on a full-scale attack in the second quarter where they clocked up 27 points and despite efforts lead by Isaac Round, Titans could only manage 12 points as the game went into half time with a score of 27:40 to the visitors.

    The second half began with Knights opening the scoring by dropping two from the line, which was met immediately with 2 points from fledging player Ben Hooper setting the tone for this quarter as the teams exchanged points. Fouls from Titans making the difference as Knights closed out the quarter 12:19, leaving Titans with a 20-point deficit at 39:59.

    The last quarter is where Titans really came into their own. Hooper again opened the scoring for the home side which was quickly followed by Dinari Williams-Brown who sank another 2. Persistence from Titans lead them to win their second quarter of the game 23:11. A gallant performance from the boys saw them lose by just 8 points in a stand-out game from the conference team finishing at 62:70 to Knights.

    Titans face top of the table Worcester Bears on Saturday away as Titans look to continue their form and put a mark on Bears 10-1 record.

    Top Scorers:

    Isaac Round 23

    Ben Hooper 18

    Max Aldridge 15

    U14 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 93-35 Northants Thunder

    In the U14 boys local derby at Weavers Leisure Centre, Titans dominated the game against Thunder from the tip-off to the final buzzer. The Thunder team was limited to single-figure points in each of the first two quarters, which totalled 16 at half-time, whereas Titans poured in 52. The hosts eased off in the second half, but still extended their lead and secured a straight-forward 93-35 win. An analysis of the scoresheet highlighted the difference in strength in depth between the two teams with all ten of the Titans contributing to the team's total, whereas only four of Thunder’s ten players from made it on to the scoresheet and the talented Ashley Kitchen scored 57% of his team's points. For the Titans, Sean Rawlins continued his impressive form and was the game-high scorer with 24 points. He was well-supported by Benji Leesing, Harry Mitchell and Isaac Round, who scored 17, 16 and 10 respectively. Although there are still several league games to be played, the team will be looking to fine tune the offences and tighten up the defence in preparation for the playoffs.

    U14 Girls Midlands Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 44-109 Oaklands Wolves

    Titans U14 Girls knew it was going to be a tough game against Oaklands Wolves. In the first quarter Titans stood strong and continued to work hard on defence to try and secure the ball. Wolves took a strong lead in the second with Titans struggling to contain the ball; a strong full court press from Wolves caused Titans to lose their composure.

    In the second half Wolves continued to press on defence and with a 21-point scoring run with no answer from Titans, Wolves took their lead to 26-80. A small comeback pulled Titans to 34-86 at the end of the third but Wolves’ Coach continued to insist his team pressed high on the court. Where Titans required a rotation, a young five were put to the test, the fighting spirit of Talaini Akanmu, Charly Stalker and Cerise Williams held Wolves up at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Titans went to the foul line 6 times in the fourth quarter alone as their offensive efforts saw Wolves out of position. A further press was applied to the Titans girls as Wolves placed value on surpassing the 100-point mark. Titans showed huge heart and hustle as they continued to work to the end. Coach James was impressed with the resilience of her side, stating 'competing against a constant press at times is difficult for such a young side, however in doing so they get to learn a great deal.'

    Top scorers:

    Ella McCahil-Brown 18, Luca Virag & Evie Barker 8.

    U13 Central Venue League

    Whilst the U14s were playing at Weavers, another 17 of the club’s younger boys were competing in a Central Venue League event at Northampton School for Boys. The boys were split into two teams and both teams demonstrated good skills and teamwork. The Titans club is grateful to the organiser, Tony Stewart, for organising what was an excellent event.

    Any keen young players looking to taking part in the Titans coaching sessions should visit the club’s website - www.nebctitans.co.uk/junior-titans.