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  • Titans Blog - 28/29 September 2017

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    Leicester Warriors 45-70 Northamptonshire Titans

    Titans made the short hop to Leicester Warriors for their season opener. Titans got going early on through Lauren Dabbs and newcomer Jess Lee; Emma Wickham was taking care of business on the boards and with an 8-0 run Titans were looking at a comfortable afternoon. Warriors had other ideas and when Hannah Bird picked up a 2nd quick foul Warriors sprang into action and pulled back the scoreline to 12-14.

    Titans found their next gear as their defence tightened; Dabbs’ offensive display left the home team with a large mountain to climb.

    Warriors started the third well, not allowing Titans to score in the first four minutes, helping to reduce the deficit, but again Dabbs came to Titans’ aid.

    In the fourth it was all Titans as their free flowing fast break basketball was put on show as India Evans and Lee continued to keep the score board ticking over to the final buzzer.

    Top Scorers:

    Dabbs 36, Evans 10

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    Manchester Magic 86-69 Northamptonshire Titans

    Once again Titans’ early fixtures saw them take on one of the favourites for the North title as they travelled to Manchester Magic. Titans started bright enough with Jake Chapman finding success from range but both defences limited any opportunities; Titans just in front 13-17 at the end of the first quarter.

    New signing Tommie Olubisi found his ‘shooting boots’ and with Jacob Cirtautas controlling the boards, Titans looked in control, however Magic stepped up a gear with their pressure defence turning the game on its head leading 32-31 at the half.

    The second half was dominated by Magic as Titans continued to allow the opposition to score with some ease off their fast break which put the game out of reach.

    Top Scorers:

    Cirtautas 15, Grant 12, Carmichael 10,

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    Luton 75-74 Northamptonshire Titans

    Titans U14 girls took the short trip to Luton for their first game of the season; an unpredictable meeting as Luton are in their first National League season in the age group.

    Luton started strong taking Titans by surprise, however a quick regroup of defensive match ups and Titans focused, providing them with the confidence to drive hard to basket. A 9-point run put Titans 21 -17 up at the end of the first quarter.

    Titans struggled to find their feet defensively in the second quarter allowing Luton to outscore them 26-14.

    The break paid off for Titans and with more trust in each other they played stronger help defence allowing Imogene Williams to prevent Luton from having options under the basket. Titans created many opportunities however struggled to convert resulting in them too having a low scoring third quarter.

    The intensity and desire to win the game was evident in both teams throughout the final quarter. And some poor decision-making saw back and forth turnovers. Ella McCahil-brown bought composure back to the side and alongside Willams, showed impressive containment of the ball. Time quickly became the enemy of both teams as McCahil-Brown tied the game with 10 seconds to go at 73 all; an unfortunate foul call against her then sent Luton to the line. Making both of their shots, Williams bravely took on the Luton defence and in a very mature display forced a foul against her taking her to the line with 1.6 secs on the clock. With immense pressure on her shoulders, Williams swished the first shot however she missed the second; McCahil-Brown gripped the rebound but it wasn’t meant to be as she was beaten by the clock seeing Titans fall 75-74.

    Coach James consoled a disappointed side, stating “I am extremely proud of the team’s performance today. With new players to the team and returning players taking on new roles, I am excited to see the progression of the team over the season.”

    An exceptionally impressive defensive performance from Imogene Williams is to be noted.

    Top scorers:

    McCahil-Brown 39, Luca Virag 16

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