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  • Titans Blog - 7/8th October 2017

    U16 Boys North Premier

    Trafford Magic 69-103 Northamptonshire Titans

    Titans returned to Manchester this time to take on Trafford Magic; right from the start they displayed a togetherness that had been lacking from the week before and with this positive approach Titans dominated at both ends of the floor as Jude Carmichael was the beneficiary at the end of the fast break. With little answer to Jacob Cirtautas around the hoop, Titans took an 11-33 lead at the end of the first quarter.

    Captain Sam Grant turned up the heat in the second period to stretch Titans lead; Magic responded well but with a 29-56 half time advantage to the visitors the tie was in no doubt.

    Jamal Jack impressed along with Jake Chapman as Coach Powell was able to give all his team valuable court time and by the end of the game all 12 Titans players made the scoresheet but more pleasing was the performance of the entire team on and off the court.

    Top Scorers:

    Carmichael 24, Cirtautas 22, Grant 15

    U16 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans Purple 45-87 Northants Thunder

    Titans Purple played their first game of the season and for many players in the team, their first ever National League game, a local derby against Northants Thunder. Titans fought hard and never gave up giving a seasoned team a run for their money. The third quarter was Titans downfall but despite the scoreline, Titans battled on, supported each other and finished strongly.

    Top Scorers:

    Dinari Williams 17, Max Aldridge 14

    U16 Girls National Cup

    Leicester Warriors 25-87 Northamptonshire Titans

    Titans were back to Warriors for the second weekend in a row, but this time in the National Cup and to boost morale was the return of Captain Kenny Hamilton. Both teams started slowly but when Titans Hannah Bird connected from close range followed by a Lauren Dabbs three pointer, the visitors sprang into action as Warriors were held to just 4 points in the quarter whilst Titans poured in 20 points.

    Warriors could not contain Dabbs and when Emma Wickham began to convert on the offensive boards, Warriors called a time out. Warriors regrouped but this did not stem Titans flow as Hamilton converted through some excellent transition play.

    With a 14-39 Titans lead the game was out of reach of home team, India Evans scored well and with Ruby Mabbutts defensive hard work paying dividends, Titans finished with a strong performance and not for the first time this weekend, another Titans team all made the scoresheet.

    Top Scorers:

    Dabbs 38, Hamilton 12, Wickham 12, Bird 11, Evans 10

    U14 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 66-56 Bristol Flyers

    Titans U14 boys played their first league match of the season at Weavers against Bristol Flyers and it turned out to be a nail-biting affair. Start-of-the-season nerves led to Titans missing all their early attempts and they didn’t manage to score in open play until the fifth minute. Fortunately, Flyers were having the same problem and neither team managed double figures in the first quarter. In the second, Flyers opened up an eight-point lead, but a 10-0 run gave Titans a 26-24 lead at half-time. Whilst Coach Round rotated all his players into the game through the first three quarters, Bristol persisted with a two-man high screen offence. A half-court shot gave Flyers a 48-45 lead going in to the final quarter, so it was time for Coach Round to ‘go strong’. Also, a slight change to the defensive strategy stopped Flyers’ relentless two-man offence. A 21-8 final period in Titans favour gave the home team a 66-56 victory. Isaac Round led the scoring with 24 points. Ben Hooper and Sean Rawlins also made significant contributions scoring 19 and 11 respectively. Whilst it was good to start the season with a win, there is still room for improvement before the next game away to local rivals, Northants Thunder.

    U14 Girls Midlands Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 46-76 Bucks Hornets

    Titans girls hosted Bucks Hornets in their second game this season. Bucks came out in full force with early passes and regular movement; Titans however did not. They struggled to defend the high physicality and Bucks looked superior, Titans falling to a heavy 12-0 run at the end of the first and a tough score line of 8-30.

    Stern words from Coach James were needed to get Titans game back on track. A strong offensive quarter from Imogene Williams inspired her team mates and Titans began to improve defensively, stopping the fast break and holding Bucks to only 14 points in the second quarter.

    The high physicality allowed within the game began to take its toll on the morale of the team and half time gave Titans a much-needed break to refocus.

    The team strength and unity of Titans girls shone through, as they came back to the second half. The determination and intensity of Williams saw her make several steals at the half way line creating strong opportunities for her team. This performance was closely followed by Alise Zvida as she too racked up several steals and tied the ball up preventing Bucks from having easy scoring opportunities.

    Ella McCahill-Brown composed herself driving strong to basket. 35-60 was the score for the start of the fourth quarter and Titans felt they could still compete within the game. The defensive intensity remained with Williams and Zvida continuing to defend with true Titans heart and hustle. The fourth quarter again was tightly matched. Unfortunately, the slow start had already lost the game for Titans at 46-76.

    Top scorers McCahill-Brown 23, Williams 10, Virag 10

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