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  • Tesco Bags for Help gives a cash boost to Titans

    NEBC Titans (Northamptonshire Titans Basketball Club) is bidding to bag a

    massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

    Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme,

    which sees grants of up to £4,000, up to £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier

    bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

    Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash

    award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for

    who they think should take away the top grant.

    NEBC Titans is one of the groups on the shortlist.

    Voting is open in the following Tesco stores throughout January and February,

    starting on 8th January. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to

    them at the check-out in store each time they shop in the following stores:

    Tesco Express, 3 Bushfield Centre, Grafton Close, Wellingborough, NN8 5WA.

    Tesco Express, 62-64 Cannon St, Wellingborough NN8 4DU.

    Tesco Express, 36-42 High St, Irthlingborough, Wellingborough, NN9 5TN.

    Tesco Express, 1-7 High St, Rushden NN10 9JR.

    Tesco Express, 51 Queensway, Wellingborough, NN8 3RF.

    Tesco Superstore, Whitworth Way, Wellingborough, NN8 2EF.

    Check out Tesco’s Bags For Help Website at for

    information on how Tesco have helped our local community to date.

    Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

    “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January and February.

    There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see

    these come to life in hundreds of communities.”


    Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

    “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for

    funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens,

    play areas and everything in between.

    “We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then

    supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

  • Titans Blog - 6/7th January 2018


    The New Year saw a weekend of away fixtures to start 2018 for the Titans' Teams:

    U18 Men

    Northamptonshire Titans 60-80 Lynn Nets

    U18s had a battle against the Lynn Nets.

    In the first half, the Nets were dominating the Titans on the boards and fighting their way through to the basket.

    In the second half, the Titans began to buckle down on defence, stopping the Nets from driving to the basket, stealing the ball and crashing the boards on both sides of the court.

    The Titans lost the game 60-80.

    Top Scorers:

    Josh Wright 23, Sol Hughes 13

    U16 Boys Titans Purple Midlands West Conference

    Northants Thunder 56-49 Northamptonshire Titans

    This weekend Titans U16 Purple Boys met local rivals Northants Thunder at Northampton Basketball Centre. The home side opened the scoring following an early foul and gained momentum early on but a strong run from Titans towards the end of the first quarter put them back in contention with the score 12:8 going into the second period.

    Titans continued their scoring run as Dinari Williams-Brown dropped 2 from a strong drive to the rim. Ben Hooper converting from the line aided the visiting team to gain their first lead of the game. Both teams exchanged points and the score at half time saw Titans trailing by just 1.

    Thunder kept their lead going deep into the 3rd until interrupted by Titans’ Williams-Brown, offering a needed boost for Titans who capitalised on the turn of fortunes and with the help of Isaac Round managed to equalise. Both teams exchanged points for the remainder of the third leaving the game wide open and tied at 35:35 going into the final period.

    The 4th quarter opened with a spree of points from the home squad as they took the lead by 9 points within the first 4 minutes leaving Titans with very little margin of a comeback. With Williams-Brown again interrupting Thunder’s scoring run, Max Aldridge’s two drives to the basket and Isaac Round adding points, Titans showed signs of a resurgence however it wasn’t enough and despite a great performance by the Titan’s boys, the game ended 56:49 to Thunder.

    Top Scorers:

    Isaac Round 13, Max Aldridge 11, Dinari Williams-Brown 9

    U16 Girls

    Stockport Lapwings31-80 Northamptonshire Titans

    The first game of the New Year saw Titans travel to Stockport. Titans were quick to respond to Lapwings opening the score from the tip as the combination of Hannah Bird, Lauren Dabbs and Kenny Hamilton scored 6 unanswered points, but the home side were spurred on by hitting a 3 pointer of their own. However, Titans went on to a 16-0 run as the Lapwings were blown away by Titans’ defence.

    In the second quarter the home side were overwhelmed by Titans; the scoring trio were in fine form along with India Evans.

    With the score line at the half 12-39 the result was in no doubt and with that Coach Powell could give all his team good minutes.

    The real test comes this Sunday as Titans face Derby Trailblazers in what could be a title decider should Titans keep up this sort of form.

    Top Scorers:

    Dabbs 29, Bird 16, Hamilton 12

    Other Results

    U14 Girls Midlands Conference

    Leicester Warriors 66-55 Northamptonshire Titans

  • U16s National Camp - Manchester 21/22nd December 2017

    Jude Carmichael and Sam Grant, both from Titans' U16 Boys Prem team, made the journey to the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester over the Christmas holidays for the U16 Boys National Camp following selection into the initial squads after playing in the Regional Development Tournament in September.

    Sam had last year attended the U15 Development camps but for Jude this was a first experience at the camp discipline and an opportunity to work with some of the best coaches in the Country; a tiring weekend but thoroughly enjoyed by both.


  • Titans Blog 16/17th December 2017


    U16 Boys North Premier League

    Northamptonshire Titans 98-80 Manchester Magic

    Titans took on an unbeaten Magic team who had disposed of the home team by 17 in their last encounter and to make matters worse, Titans were out of form, coming off the back of two losses.

    From tip, Titans left the disappointment of recent games behind as centre, Jacob Cirtautas got proceedings off with an ‘and1’ followed by a Sam Grant three. Titans played some of their best defence of the season, keeping the Prem’s hottest offensive team scoreless for nearly 4 minutes. Titans continued to ‘take the game’ to Magic as the visitors continued to rack up the foul count, whilst Titans executed from the line and it wasn’t too long before Ben Nailer joined in on the scoring flurry. In the second both teams’ defence again improved, limiting opportunities but Magic had no answer to Cirtautas close to the basket. Taiwo Hamilton turned up the heat in the third along with Grant, and Titans were in total control.

    Magic were frustrated in the fourth and continued to foul, which the in-form Titans gladly accepted and with that the Magic fell to what can only be described as a total team performance from the home side to close 2017.

    Top Scorers:

    Cirtautas 27, Nailer 22, Grant 20, Hamilton 14

    U14 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Bristol Academy Flyers 55 v 59 Northamptonshire Titans

    The U14 Boys’ away match against Bristol Academy Flyers was the team’s toughest challenge of the season. Titans had beaten Flyers by 10 points at home in October and another win against the second-best team in the league would cement Titans’ position at the top of the table. However, Flyers were determined to get the 11-point win they needed to steal the top spot. Their intent was clear as they powered their way to an 18-8 first quarter lead by dominating the offensive boards. A 9-2 run in Titans favour closed the gap at the beginning of the second period, but Flyers turned up the heat again and went 13 points ahead. Their offensive rebounding was relentless, and Titans were not boxing out at all. Titans managed to reduce the deficit to 9 points by half time, but changes were needed if they were to avoid a loss of 11 points or more.

    In the third quarter, Titan’s finally found their form. They tightened up the defence and created better shots at the offensive end. They clawed their way back into the game and an impressive 9-0 run in front of the raucous home crowd put them 1 point ahead going into the final period. Titans then extended their lead to 6 points, but Flyers refused to roll over and with 3 minutes to go, the game was tied at 55 all. Down the stretch, Titans’ defence held firm; boxing out improved and up stepped Sean Rawlins, whose 2 scores in the last minute secured Titans a 59-55 win.

    In addition to Rawlins’ timely contribution, Isaac Round led the scoring with 26 points and Ben Hooper netted 13 points.

    At the end of the game, Coach Round told the team: “That win is the best Christmas present you could have given me.” It now looks almost certain that the team will be crowned Division champions in March and will progress on to the post-season play-offs.

    U16 Girls North Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 72-26 Lancashire Spinners

    This fixture saw the unbeaten Titans take on basement side Spinners. In the first minute, three Titans’ players got on the scoresheet only to be responded by a Spinners 3-pointer. This started Lauren Dabbs on a scoring spree of her own as she benefited at the end of the fast break knocking down 12 points. Titans defence against the bigger Spinner girls was dominated by Kenny Hamilton and India Evans.

    Hamilton controlled the tempo of the game and with scoring contributions from Emma Wickham and Hannah Bird, Titans led by 42-12 at the half.

    Titans were in total command throughout the game until the very end, full credit to Spinners as they continued to compete until the final buzzer.

    Top Scorers:

    Dabbs 30, Hamilton 13

    U14 Girls Midlands Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 70-60 Northants Lightning

    Titans U14 girls played host to local rivals Northants Lightning and after a disappointing result just 2 weeks ago, the home side had a point to prove.

    Titans started with confidence and hustled hard forcing early fouls. The first quarter was dominated by Titans’ and Lightning could not contain the scoring power of Luca Virag, Ella McCahill-Brown, and Imogene Williams. The defensive efforts of Alex Bello held up Lightning’s top scorer, Kosnikovjka, as Titans took the first quarter 24-12.

    Lightning adapted in the second quarter and reduced their deficit to 6 points, two minutes from the half; Titans, however never let up and kept their own score ticking over.

    The contest between these local teams always has the potential to get scrappy, however Titans maintained composure, continuing to apply pressure through their impressive offense, connecting cleaver passes and strong transition play to keep a 12-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

    Both teams battled, Lightning trying to close the gap and Titans maintaining a lead. With Bello on 4 fouls, Alise Zvidra stepped up applying the pressure and Kosnikovjka had to battle for every inch on the court. A lightning time out was taken, and they followed with a 3-pointer which also forced a Titans foul and a 4-point play converted making it a 12-point game. Desperation ensued as more three-point shots were taken and another foul on Titans’ record. Despite Lightning converting 2 of 3 foul shots, Titans again remained composed and closed out the game with a 10-point lead.

    Coach James was very happy with her team’s performance stating “we were all extremely disappointed in our performance only 2 weeks ago at Northants. We knew our biggest challenge was ourselves and today we won that battle along with the game. As we close 2017, I am massively proud of the progression of all the girls and week after week they embody the true meaning of being a Titan, true heart and hustle and as a family”.

    Top scorers:

    Ella McCahill-Brown 24 Luca Virag 20 Imogene Williams 15

  • Titans Blog - 9/10th December 2017

    U14 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 94-34 Abingdon Eagles

    The U14 boys completed their first round of league games with a straight-forward home win against Abingdon Eagles on Saturday. The writing was on the wall for Eagles very early in the game as Titans started with a 20-0 run. By the mid-game break, Titans had cruised to a 50-15 lead thanks to good defence and strong finishing. Although there was some discussion at half time between the coaches about whether the Eagles’ defence was legal, Titans’ players just got on with the job. Coach Round asked the team to stop fast-breaking and focus more on continuous ball and player movement through the second half, however they still managed to extend their lead. The 94-34 final score highlighted the difference between the two teams and cemented Titans’ position at the top of the Midlands West Division with a 9-0 record. Ben Hooper had one of his best games of the season netting 22 points and three other players achieved double-figures – Isaac Round 19, Sean Rawlins 17 and Harry Mitchell 10. The return fixtures start next weekend with a challenging road trip to Bristol, but the team will go into the game knowing that significant improvements have been made at both ends of the floor since the Titans 10-point home win against Bristol at the beginning of the season.

    U18 Men Peterborough Regional League

    Northamptonshire Titans 70-43 East Cambridgeshire Warriors

    Titans U18 men went to 3-0 and to the top of the Peterborough Regional League with a comfortable win on Friday evening.

    As soon as Titans put in a 14-2 run mid-way through the first quarter, the result was never in doubt as Titans shared the scoring around; Josh Stewart-Wright leading the way with 18, PJ Preston 10, aided by Curtis Young, Sol Hughes, Nathan Gallagher and Josh Taylor who all pitched in with 8 points in a decent all-round performance.

    Their next game in January is against the only other unbeaten side in the league, Kings Lynn Nets.

    U14 Girls Midlands Conference

    Derby Trailblazers 75-58 Northamptonshire Titans

    Under 14 girls travelled to Derby for their third and final meeting this season. With a depleted team, Titans got off to a slow start with an obvious lack of self-belief, taking three minutes before getting onto the score board. Titans were held to just 7 points compared to Trailblazer’s 22 in the first.

    Titans however came out much stronger in the second quarter; strong defence allowed Titans to bring themselves back into the game with strong offensive plays from Imogene Williams and Luca Virag. With an even scoring quarter, Titans looked impressive. This form continued through the second half with Abby Smith and Charly Stalker playing vital defensive roles in the team. The third and fourth quarters were again evenly matched at 17-16 and 22-20 respectively. Unfortunately, however the slow start cost the young Titans girls with a final score 75-58.

    Coach James was very pleased with the performance of her team especially with players missing, noting that self-belief and a strong start are the aims for the next game.

    Top scorers:

    Virag 24, Ella McCahill-Brown 16 and Williams 10

    U16 Boys North Premier League

    Mansfield Giants 105-92 NEBC Titans

    Titans travelled to Mansfield for this top of the table clash which would have a significant impact on the final standings, as the victor could cement home court advantage in the play offs.

    Giants had the stronger start to the game; Jacob Cirtautas got early on the scoreboard whilst Captain Sam Grant exploited the gaps in Giants’ defence but credit to the home side, they continued to get away from Titans hitting 8 unanswered fast break points which was only halted by the continuous hard work of Ben Nailer.

    In the second, Titans were hit for 5 points and suddenly the game started to slip away from them, however they re-grouped and were able to reduce the deficit to single figures.

    The foul count was ramping up for both teams; both exchanged missed opportunities in the third and Jude Carmichael stepped up a gear to find his scoring touch.

    Titans battled all the way to the final buzzer but could not close that early first quarter margin.

    They face the only unbeaten team in the North Premier League next Saturday, Manchester Magic at home.

    Top Scorers:

    Nailer 26, Grant 22, Carmichael 18, Cirtautas 16