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  • Titans Blog - 9/10th December 2017

    U14 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 94-34 Abingdon Eagles

    The U14 boys completed their first round of league games with a straight-forward home win against Abingdon Eagles on Saturday. The writing was on the wall for Eagles very early in the game as Titans started with a 20-0 run. By the mid-game break, Titans had cruised to a 50-15 lead thanks to good defence and strong finishing. Although there was some discussion at half time between the coaches about whether the Eagles’ defence was legal, Titans’ players just got on with the job. Coach Round asked the team to stop fast-breaking and focus more on continuous ball and player movement through the second half, however they still managed to extend their lead. The 94-34 final score highlighted the difference between the two teams and cemented Titans’ position at the top of the Midlands West Division with a 9-0 record. Ben Hooper had one of his best games of the season netting 22 points and three other players achieved double-figures – Isaac Round 19, Sean Rawlins 17 and Harry Mitchell 10. The return fixtures start next weekend with a challenging road trip to Bristol, but the team will go into the game knowing that significant improvements have been made at both ends of the floor since the Titans 10-point home win against Bristol at the beginning of the season.

    U18 Men Peterborough Regional League

    Northamptonshire Titans 70-43 East Cambridgeshire Warriors

    Titans U18 men went to 3-0 and to the top of the Peterborough Regional League with a comfortable win on Friday evening.

    As soon as Titans put in a 14-2 run mid-way through the first quarter, the result was never in doubt as Titans shared the scoring around; Josh Stewart-Wright leading the way with 18, PJ Preston 10, aided by Curtis Young, Sol Hughes, Nathan Gallagher and Josh Taylor who all pitched in with 8 points in a decent all-round performance.

    Their next game in January is against the only other unbeaten side in the league, Kings Lynn Nets.

    U14 Girls Midlands Conference

    Derby Trailblazers 75-58 Northamptonshire Titans

    Under 14 girls travelled to Derby for their third and final meeting this season. With a depleted team, Titans got off to a slow start with an obvious lack of self-belief, taking three minutes before getting onto the score board. Titans were held to just 7 points compared to Trailblazer’s 22 in the first.

    Titans however came out much stronger in the second quarter; strong defence allowed Titans to bring themselves back into the game with strong offensive plays from Imogene Williams and Luca Virag. With an even scoring quarter, Titans looked impressive. This form continued through the second half with Abby Smith and Charly Stalker playing vital defensive roles in the team. The third and fourth quarters were again evenly matched at 17-16 and 22-20 respectively. Unfortunately, however the slow start cost the young Titans girls with a final score 75-58.

    Coach James was very pleased with the performance of her team especially with players missing, noting that self-belief and a strong start are the aims for the next game.

    Top scorers:

    Virag 24, Ella McCahill-Brown 16 and Williams 10

    U16 Boys North Premier League

    Mansfield Giants 105-92 NEBC Titans

    Titans travelled to Mansfield for this top of the table clash which would have a significant impact on the final standings, as the victor could cement home court advantage in the play offs.

    Giants had the stronger start to the game; Jacob Cirtautas got early on the scoreboard whilst Captain Sam Grant exploited the gaps in Giants’ defence but credit to the home side, they continued to get away from Titans hitting 8 unanswered fast break points which was only halted by the continuous hard work of Ben Nailer.

    In the second, Titans were hit for 5 points and suddenly the game started to slip away from them, however they re-grouped and were able to reduce the deficit to single figures.

    The foul count was ramping up for both teams; both exchanged missed opportunities in the third and Jude Carmichael stepped up a gear to find his scoring touch.

    Titans battled all the way to the final buzzer but could not close that early first quarter margin.

    They face the only unbeaten team in the North Premier League next Saturday, Manchester Magic at home.

    Top Scorers:

    Nailer 26, Grant 22, Carmichael 18, Cirtautas 16

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