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  • Titans Blog - 14/15th October 2017

    U14 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Northants Thunder 21-95 Northamptonshire Titans

    The local derby proved to be a very one-sided affair with Northamptonshire Titans U14 boys romping away to a 95-21 victory. Thunder were limited to just eight scores in open play during the game, whilst Titans found their way to the basket more easily. Despite the impressive efforts of Thunder’s talented guard, Ashley Kitchen, the hosts struggled to contain a well-organised Titans team that had a significant height advantage. Analysis of the scoresheet highlighted the strength in depth of the Titans team with four players reaching double figures and another two falling just one score short of posting double-digit points.

    U13 Central Venue League

    In addition to the boys playing in the U14s local derby, another 14 Titans boys were taking part in the U13 Central Venue League at NSB. A group of U12s and U13s were split into two teams and both demonstrated great teamwork offensively and tremendous effort defensively. The two Titans teams played each other twice in the group games and both matches were decided by just one score. The event was a wonderful celebration of the progress that’s being made with the development of junior basketball in the county and special thanks should go to the organisers for making it happen.

    U14 Girls Midlands Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 54-88 Derby Trailblazers

    Northamptonshire Titans were host to Derby Trailblazers and knew they had to start the game will full force. Both teams were evenly matched through the first quarter until a 6-0 run created a lead for the visitors at the end of the first. A highly physical Trailblazers side made Titans fight for every possession. Titans responded well but luck was on Trailblazers’s side and they managed to maintain and extend their lead.

    Despite the loss Coach James was pleased with the team’s performance stating, “I’m pleased the girls are learning fast and started the game with a much stronger mind set; we created good opportunities and went to the line 15 times with a 50% success rate. Every player gave a significant contribution to the game and showed individual elements of improvement. Although the score line is disappointing for the girls, I feel we are winning the bigger battle of player development”.

    Top scorers: Ella McCahill-Brown 18, Imogene Williams 12, Evie Barker 11

    U16 Boys North Premier

    Liverpool 70-113 Northamptonshire Titans

    Titans made the long trip north to a Liverpool side that were looking for their first Premier League win and to be fair to the home side, Liverpool stayed with a lack lustre Titans team during the first quarter that struggled to find their flow, except for Jacob Cirtautas operating around the Liverpool hoop; Sam Grant picked up the pace in the second period supported by Taiwo Hamilton.

    The second half totally belonged to Titans as they shock off the first half performance and began to score with ease in transition. Ollie Dominque tore through the home side defence and when Jamal Jack took up the inside duties, Liverpool’s hopes dwindled but to the home team’s credit they kept going right to the final buzzer.

    Top Scorers:

    Grant 34, Cirtautas 25, Hamilton 12, Dominque 11

    U16 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Stoke-on-Trent Knights 112-15 Northamptonshire Titans Purple

    Titans faced their first away game of the season, taking the trip to Stoke-on-Trent Knights; a tough fixture for Titans who are still making positive moves forward as a new squad. Stoke proved too tough on this occasion and came out on top but Titans are making progress with each game that is played and they kept battling until the final whistle.

    Women’s National cup

    Ipswich 107-67 NEBC Titans

    Ipswich Academy left their mark on the visiting Titans in the National Cup, however it took the home side until midway through the second period to get away from Titans who up to that point were in the game, lead through the endeavours of Paige Vyse who continued to cause Ipswich problems; with a couple of back to back threes Titans were rocking.

    Ipswich displayed some excellent three-point shooting of their own and with the constant transition offence execution, Titans struggled to stay with them.

    Coach Powell said, “We came up against a well drilled team today, we learn and move forward”

    Top Scorers:

    Vyse 16, Thompson 14, Collins 10

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