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  • Titans Blog - 23/24 September 2017

    U16 Boys North Premier

    Northamptonshire Titans 105-99 Mansfield

    The new season saw a heavy weight clash between two clubs who have been closely matched for some time.

    It was Ollie Dominque who opened the scoring for Titans as the home side looked the more accretive early on, Giants found their feet hitting a downtown three which only inspired Ben Nailer to reply instantly. Both teams exchanged scoring runs but finished at the end of the 1st quarter with a Giants 2-point lead.

    By midway through the 2nd quarter concerns were mounting in Titans’ camp as the foul count was riding high; Jude Carmichael continued to shine but Titans transition defence was left wanting as Giants increased their lead to 10 points in the closing stage of the period until Carmichael hit a buzzer beating three and lifted the entire team.

    Titans needed to find a response early on and up stepped Titans Jacob Cirtautas as Giants could not contain him; Cirtautas dominated both ends of the court giving the momentum with the home team also allowing Nailer and Hamilton to execute from the field. Basketball has a habit of changing very quickly and when Cirtautas committed two fouls in quick succession in the final minute of the 3rd, Giants saw a way back into the game.

    In the 4th both teams exchanged scores, Captain Sam Grant stepped up at the offensive end whilst the combo of Nailer, Carmichael & Hamilton kept cool heads and ensured Giants were always out of touch.

    Top Scorers:

    Nailer 25, Dominque 18, Grant 16, Carmichael 15, Cirtautas 14, Hamilton 12

    U14 Girls

    Northamptonshire Titans U14 Girls put their pre-season training to the test in the annual Titans v Leicester Warriors friendly tournament.

    Titans took on Warriors’ 14s in the first game of the day. A strong and organised start set Titans up well and gave confidence to the rest of the squad. Regular rotations allowed for quality play and for coach James to see different mixes and structures.

    The girls showed commitment to the game and style of play. An impressive display of defence kept the girls ahead and they won the game.

    After a game’s break, the team took on Warriors U16s. Nerves increased at the start with the prospect of an older aged group, however Captain Luca Virag led her team well and Titans led by 2 at half. All Titans stepped up showing a unity which allowed for all to make the score sheet. A no-nonsense approach to defence by Imogene Williams kept the intensity high. Despite the strong play Titans fell by 5 at the final whistle.

    Coach James stated “the girls showed an impressive team spirit which added to their talent, and will be an asset to them throughout the season. The day gave ideas for where to take the team next and I’m excited to start the season proper next Sunday.”

    U14 Boys

    Leicester Warriors 50-60 Northamptonshire Titans

    On Sunday, Titans U14 Boys made the short trip up the M1 to play a pre-season friendly against Leicester Warriors. This was the team’s first opportunity to try out some of the plays they’d been working on. Titans started well and took an early lead, but the hosts fought back and took a two-point advantage into the first break. Titans sorted out some of the wrinkles in the defence in the second and started to execute the offences more effectively. This resulted in a 33-22 half-time lead. Missed opportunities and defensive errors allowed Warriors back into the game and Titans’ lead was reduced to just three points going into the final period. The Northamptonshire boys were determined not to let the game slip away and a combination of defensive stops, fast breaks and strong rebounding enabled Titans to pull away again. As the buzzer sounded, the scoreboard read 60-50 in Titans favour. There was a good spread of made baskets across the team, but it was Ben Hooper who led the scoring with 16 points. Coach Round was reasonably satisfied with the performance, but knows that the team still has work to do before it’s ready for its first National League game at the beginning of October.

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