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  • Titans Blog - 18/19th November 2017

    U16 Boys North Premier

    Cheshire Wire 55-75 Northamptonshire Titans

    Titans started the game well, outscoring Wire 13-3 in the first 4 minutes through the endeavours of Sam Grant and Jude Carmichael, but the scrappy nature of the game meant it was far less ‘flare’ but more ‘putting in a shift’.

    The second quarter saw the home side step up whist Titans tried to regroup, and half time was a welcome sight. The third saw the Titans impose themselves on the hosts with much improved defence and ball movement and with such a large lead, the fourth period saw the hosts try to reduce the score line, but Titans were always in control. This win now sees Titans currently in top spot in the North Premier League and looking forward to a home game on Saturday v City of Birmingham.

    Top Scorers:

    Carmichael 27, Grant 21

    U16 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans Purple 96-108 Shropshire Warriors

    In a double header, Titans Purple U16 Boys played two games this weekend.

    On Saturday, they met Shropshire Warriors at Weavers Leisure Centre. Titans made a slow start in the first five minutes allowing Shropshire to take a 15-point lead, but Titans Isaac Round and Dinari Williams-Brown began the fight to bring the score to within just a few points during the second and third. The high scoring game eventually gave the visiting team the win but more importantly, Titans could take plenty of positives from their game.

    Top Scorers:

    Isaac Round 34, Dinari Williams-Brown 23, Ben Hooper 17

    Birmingham Elite 79-68 Northamptonshire Titans Purple

    Sunday’s game saw Titans really come into their own when they played an away game at Team Birmingham Elite. Titans had their best start of the season and were leading the game at the end of the first half 28-34. Titans kept hold of the lead after the third quarter but allowed the game to slip out of their reach in the fourth after Birmingham brought on fresh legs and crashed the boards relentlessly in the final period. Titans arguably gave their best performance of the season and can move to that ever-closer win with confidence.

    Top Scorers:

    Dinari Williams-Brown 20, Isaac Round 15, Max Aldridge 13.

    U16 Girls North Conference

    Manchester Mystics II 54-71 Northamptonshire Titans

    Titans took on another title challenging outfit in the shape of Mystics, the game did not start well for both teams as neither could buy a basket until Titans’ Lauren Dabbs got proceedings of with an ‘and 1’ followed by Tegan Millar and Hannah Bird, however Mystics pulled back the lead.

    Midway through the second, Emma Wickham converted both foul line shoots which sent Titans on 10-0 run and left the hosts wanting at the break.

    Titans maintained their focus; put short scoring runs together to see the game out and maintain their unbeaten run in the North.

    Top Scorers:

    Dabbs 18, Millar 11, Hamilton 10, Wickham 10, Bird 10

    U14 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 91-37 Shropshire Warriors

    Recent work on tightening up Titans defence proved fruitful as the U14 boys limited Shropshire Warriors to just 37 points across the four quarters, but it was clear that there is still work to do at the offensive end of the court. Titans got off to a slow start and part way into the second quarter were only 8 points up against a team still searching for their first league win. However, a stern talking to during a timeout had the desired effect and the Titans began to dominate. Titans were still guilty of too many turnovers and missed opportunities and more patience is needed when trying to create a high percentage opportunity. From Coach Round’s perspective, “overall it was a better performance than the previous two games and the most satisfying statistic was that for the fifth game running, all 12 players contributed to the points total”. Although the team amassed 91 points, the highest scorer was Benji Leesing with 16. Three other players reached double figures; Harry Mitchell 14, Isaac Round 13 and Ciaran Myers 12. This highlighted both the strength of depth in the squad and the emphasis on ‘team’ rather than ‘individual’. Next week’s game against Worcester Bears will be a tougher test and the boys will have to work hard to make it seven games without a loss.

    U14 Girls Midlands Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 63-85 Luton

    A defensive line up was the option taken by the coach to combat the driving power of Luton. This paid off as Titans kept Luton’s key player at bay. Ella McCahill-Brown opened the scoring and pushed Titans score up throughout the quarter. A close half saw each team produce small scoring runs and a continued pressure from Titans although they trailed by ten at the half 33-43.

    Titans appeared to become fatigued in the third quarter and some unforced errors allowed Luton to utilise the turn overs. Titans found a second wind in the fourth realising only getting the stops would see the score line change. Alise Zvidra, Imogene Williams both put in top defensive efforts along with the youngest Titan Tilani Akanmu whose natural speed allowed several steals and impressive ball pressure.

    Titans however were not able to pull back the score from the third quarter mistakes, resulting in a loss.

    Top scorers: Ella McCahill-Brown 28, Luca Virag 17

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