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  • Titans Blog - 2nd/3rd December 2017

    U16 Boys North Premier League

    Sheffield Sharks 84-78 NEBC Titans

    Titans travelled to mid table Sharks who in previous encounters have proved tough opposition.

    Titans tactics were to work their guards close to the basket as Ben Nailer continued to out manuover the Sharks from inside, which provided an 11-4 lead and when Nailer knocked down a trademark 3 followed by a Sam Grant lay-up, Titans seemed on course, but Sharks 'bigs' got going followed by some clinical shooting which meant the home team only trailed by 5.

    In the second, Titans forgot about what got them in front and allowed the Sharks to dictate the game; Titans only real answer in the period was Nailer.

    In the third, the visitors picked up the pace as Grant and Diarra Layne found their scoring touch and tied the game at 61-61.

    Titans' undoing in the fourth was the sharp shooting of the Sharks and the clock, as time ran down and Titans fell.

    Top Scorers:

    Nailer 36, Grant 19, Layne 10

    U16 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans Purple 64-61 Coventry Tornadoes

    Titans Purple were host to Coventry Tornadoes and took their first victory of the season. Titans started with intent, driving hard to basket, which paid off as Tornadoes picked up several fouls. Titans’ defence held out, keeping the guests to just 8 points in the first.

    Tornadoes came back in the second and by the 5th minute had taken the lead by one. The guests’ scoring run looked like it was going to affect Titans’ confidence however they were reminded they were still in the game with a strong drive from Isaac Round, who forced the foul and converted from the line. Support came from Dinari Williams-Brown with a confident 3-pointer. Titans picked the defensive intensity back up and finished the quarter 1 behind Tornadoes.

    As Titans went into the second half the high intensity continued allowing for strong rotations off the bench and the score remained close.

    Entering the fourth, both teams wanted the win in equal measures; Ben Hooper applied pressure on the rebounds and in the mid court resulting in Tornadoes turnovers which allowed Round to dominate the quarter’s scoring. As the last minutes approached, Titans looked like they were going to lose composure as Tornadoes ran in fast break layups. The mature nature of Rounds’ game allowed him to control his team and run time off the clock with a 6-point lead. 2 strong rebounds and fast break points bought Tornadoes to within 3 points, but again Round took control to ensure the last few seconds remained with Titans’ possession.

    Top Scorers:

    Hooper 19, Round 17, Williams Brown 15

    U14 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 88-66 Coventry Tornadoes

    The dominance of Titans U14 Boys in the Midlands West league was put to the test when they hosted Coventry Tornadoes on Saturday, but as the final buzzer sounded, their unbeaten run remained intact. Titans struggled to contain Tornadoes’ star player who amassed an impressive 34 points – over half of his team’s total. However, the ever-improving Sean Rawlins almost matched the Coventry player, netting 32 points and pulling down numerous rebounds. Isaac Round 21, Harry Mitchell 10 and Ben Hooper 10 all made significant contributions to the win. Although the 46-26 half-time lead made it look like Titans would cruise to its eighth league victory, Tornadoes had other ideas and mounted a third quarter comeback reducing the deficit to 17. However, better focus from Titans resulted in a 14-2 run at the beginning of the fourth period, which took the game out of Torandoes’ reach. Titans have one more game to sort out their defensive frailties before taking on their toughest test of the season so far, Bristol Academy Flyers away.

    U12s Bucks League

    Game 1: AGS Hornets 10-26 Northamptonshire Titans

    Game 2: Luton 42-24 Northamptonshire Titans

    Although a number of the U12s were unavailable on Sunday, Titans were still able to field a team to play in the Bucks U12s League games in Aylesbury. The team for the two games was Kai Clement, Josh Butler, Ethan Mead, William Baker, Dimitris Markrakis, Ethan Round and Ewan Clee. This was the squad’s first opportunity to test itself against out-of-county opposition and the performances were very encouraging.

    In the first game against AGS Hornets, Titans raced to a 12-0 lead after the first quarter and had built a 21-4 lead going into the final period. To Hornets credit, they battled hard to take the final quarter by a point, but it was Titans on the right side of the 26-10 score line as the game ran out.

    In the second game, Luton provided a much tougher test. Their good defensive rebounding led to a number of fast-break scores and a 20-8 first quarter lead. Titans tried hard to contain Luton’s talented guards, but couldn’t stop them from extending their lead. Having the games back-to-back meant that Titans ran out of steam in the final period of the second game, but Luton fully deserved their 42-24 victory.

    Overall, Coach Round was pleased with the ball and player movement on offense and the level of effort on defence. He was also grateful to the parents who transported the players to the venue and supported the team during the games.

    U14 Girls Midlands Conference

    Titans U14 girls went the short distance to local rivals Northants Lightning. Titans started in great form and converted shots regularly, with a 23-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. Lightning responded well in the second and soon caught up with Titans; Titans fell into a rushed pace of the game and struggled to maintain structure. With this Lightning took the lead; despite best efforts it just wasn’t Titans day and a 30-point defeat was the result.

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