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  • Titans Blog 10/11th March 2018

    U16 Boys

    Northamptonshire Titans 83-66 Sheffield Sharks

    This game had all the ingredients of a good game as Titans needed to reverse the result to stay on course for the 2nd place in the Prem, whilst Sharks needed to take victory to cement a playoff spot.

    Ben Nailer responded to Sharks’ tip off score which in turn saw Sam Grant carve his way through Sharks’ defence; Jacob Cirtautas battled well at both boards whilst Jude Carmichael’s efforts were rewarded with transition scores. Grant continued to cause problems and with scoring runs exchanged, Titans found themselves 21-19 up at the end of the first.

    Titans turned up the heat with a 10-0 run at the restart combining Diarra Layne along with Grant and Nailer; the physicality stepped up as both teams contested every procession, but Sharks could not contain the free-flowing Titans’ game plan which resulted in a 12-point lead to the home team.

    Nailer opened the third with a three-pointer which inspired the visitors and again not for the first time, Titans stood firm and showed why the will be competing with the best in the Country.

    The fourth saw both teams battle to the very end, but Titans continued to dominate the visitors in all departments leaving the result in no doubt.

    Titans have one more fixture away to Birmingham and an away victory will secure them second place in the Premiership and home court advantage throughout the playoffs.

    Top Scorers: Nailer 25, Grant 22, Carmichael 13, Cirtautas 10

    Titans U16 Girls Clinch North Title

    Derby Trailblazers 63-74 Northamptonshire Titans

    Titans knew that a victory would secure them the North Conference Title; Hannah Bird got proceedings off through a well-executed inbound play, followed up by a Lauren Dabbs bucket.

    Whilst Trailblazers were struggling to stop the rampant Titans as they continued to demonstrate why they are the top side in the North, Emma Wickham took full control under the boards and Kenny Hamilton kept Trailblazers’ leading scorer under wraps throughout the first half.

    Titans continued to move the ball well as Wickham, Dabbs and Tegan Millar were the recipients as the wave of offence continued to put the Derby side under pressure.

    The fourth saw Trailblazers perform their best, but the day belonged to the Titans team performance and with still three games to play, Titans will be preparing themselves for the National Playoffs.

    Top Scorers:

    Dabbs 23, Wickham 15, Bird 10

    U11 Boys East Mids Mini-Basketball Tournament

    The Northamptonshire U11s County team travelled to Leicester to compete against two Leicestershire teams, a Nottinghamshire team and a team from Derbyshire in the East Midlands Mini-Basketball Tournament. Head Coach for the team was NEBC Titans U14s coach, Mike Round, who had prepared a team of boys following a series of selection and training sessions. Three boys from NEBC Titans were selected for the team alongside boys from a number of local clubs. Ethan Round, Ewan Nelson and Kai Clement all made positive contributions as the team progressed through the tournament displaying some impressive skills and teamwork. Northamptonshire won all four of their matches and were duly crowned East Midlands Mini-Basketball Champions.

    U14 Girls Midlands Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 53-79 Oaklands Wolves

    Titans U14 girls were host to Oaklands Wolves; the last time the two sides met, Wolves pressured the young Titans throughout the game, however with a month’s match rest, Titans were able to work on breaking the high court pressure. Titans got off to a flying start using their skills to read the defence well; with great transition play and a strong state of mind, Titans were only trailing by three points at the end of the first quarter. Titans lost confidence in the second allowing Wolves to dictate play. Stern words from Coach James set Abi Smith on the attack as she scored an impressive layup under extreme pressure. Titans followed this example getting their performance back on track.

    Captain Luca Virag spoke with her team at the half to continue rebuilding the team’s confidence; this showed with Titans as they went out strong for the second half. With high intensity defence, Titans were able to perform at the level of their opponents. the score had unfortunately got away from the home team in the second period and despite an impressive team performance there were not able to recover the deficit.

    Top Scorers:

    Luca Virag 26, Ella McCahill-Brown 12, Imogene Williams 10

    U14 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Abingdon Eagles 52-100 Northamptonshire Titans

    Titans’ U14 Boys continued with their winning ways when they travelled to Abingdon for their penultimate game of the regular season. As preparation for the play-offs, Titans’ strategy was to press the opponents throughout the game and fast-break at every opportunity. Despite their valiant efforts, Abingdon couldn’t cope with the relentless defensive pressure and by half time were 26-55 down. It was more of the same in the second half as Titans powered to a 100-52 victory. Sean Rawlins and Isaac Round contributed 51 of the team’s points scoring 26 and 25 respectively. Three other players reached double figures – Ciaran Myers 17, Benji Leesing 11 and Oskar Knight 10. The team still needs a win from its final league game against Coventry to guarantee a play-off spot.

    U13 Boys Central Venue League

    Titans were able to involve 18 boys, spread across three teams, in the U13 Central Venue League that took place at NSB on Saturday. All three teams performed extremely well and the only loss one of the Titans’ teams suffered was when they played one of the other Titans teams. The CVL tournaments are offering important opportunities to those aspiring to play in the National League next season.

    Division 2 Women

    Derbyshire Gems 77-45 Northamptonshire Titans

    On the previous encounter, Titans won a 2-point nail biter; this time round, Titans started really slowly, hampered by regular top scorer, Paige Vyse rolling her ankle on the first offense, which was the last she played. Titans did try to rally but the fast break basketball of Gems was superior to anything Titans could offer.

    Titans’ offence was out of sync and they struggled throughout; pleasing was the efforts of all the team showing a togetherness that will put them in good stead when competing for that final playoff spot over the next two weeks.

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