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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

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