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  • Titans Blog 13/14th January 2018

    Division 2 Women

    Northamptonshire Titans 76-73 Nottingham Wildcats II

    In the previous encounter Titans took a narrow victory, Wildcats arrived with a new look team hopefully looking to reverse the result. Titans got off to a good start with a Paige Vyse bucket and a Sascha Thompson 3, however Wildcats looked to go inside which in turn opened space for their shooters; this appeared to have done the trick as they led 13-16 at the end of the first.

    Titans started the second well through Thompson and Mica Denton but 10-0 run from Wildcats saw Titans starting to fade away. The response came through Thompson but Wildcats finished with a run of scores to a 10-point lead.

    Titans required an improved performance to get back into the game; a change in defence and attitude saw Titans hit the Wildcats with a 10-2 run, the momentum was with the home side as Vyse ripped down the lane scoring at will whilst Titans’ defence limited the visitors to few opportunities and with the score at 57-58 going into the fourth the contest was wide open. Wildcats opened with a 3 but Denton and Paige Seaton got in on the 12-1 run which was enough to see the Titans take the victory.

    Top Scorers:

    Vyse 23, Thompson 22

    U16 Girls North Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 71-67 Derby Trailblazers

    This game saw the top two teams in the North going head to head; Derby Trailblazers had to beat Titans to stay in contention of the North Conference Title, however a win for the unbeaten Titans would see them close out their nearest rivals in the title race.

    Derby settled early as Titans could only score from the foul line in the first three minutes, but it was Lauren Dabbs that broke the trend and with Tegan Millar causing problems for the visitors, Titans regained composure with some excellent transition basketball taking in a 23-14 led.

    Trailblazers fought back in the second whilst Hannah Bird and Dabbs continued to keep the Titans score ticking over.

    In the third, Trailblazers turned up the heat as Titans lost their way and Trailblazers took full advantage of some easy scores. India Evans continued to impress with her ball movement, but Titans were now behind and needed to find their resolve.

    Titans defence stepped up a gear and with key scores coming from Dabbs, Bird and Evans, Titans were in total control to finish victorious and keeping their unbeaten record intact.

    Top Scorers:

    Dabbs 34, Bird 18

    U16 Boys Titans Midlands West Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans Purple 62-70 Stoke-on-Trent Knights

    In arguably their best performance of the season, Titans U16 Boys Purple team met Conference heavyweights, Stoke on Trent Knights at Weavers Leisure Centre on Saturday in the Midlands West Conference of the Jr NBL.

    The game started with a strong statement thanks to the help of Max Aldridge from Titans as they went to a 11:2 lead within the first 5 minutes but Knights returned their quick lead narrowly missing equal points as the quarter ended 15:13 to Titans

    The Knights went on a full-scale attack in the second quarter where they clocked up 27 points and despite efforts lead by Isaac Round, Titans could only manage 12 points as the game went into half time with a score of 27:40 to the visitors.

    The second half began with Knights opening the scoring by dropping two from the line, which was met immediately with 2 points from fledging player Ben Hooper setting the tone for this quarter as the teams exchanged points. Fouls from Titans making the difference as Knights closed out the quarter 12:19, leaving Titans with a 20-point deficit at 39:59.

    The last quarter is where Titans really came into their own. Hooper again opened the scoring for the home side which was quickly followed by Dinari Williams-Brown who sank another 2. Persistence from Titans lead them to win their second quarter of the game 23:11. A gallant performance from the boys saw them lose by just 8 points in a stand-out game from the conference team finishing at 62:70 to Knights.

    Titans face top of the table Worcester Bears on Saturday away as Titans look to continue their form and put a mark on Bears 10-1 record.

    Top Scorers:

    Isaac Round 23

    Ben Hooper 18

    Max Aldridge 15

    U14 Boys Midlands West Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 93-35 Northants Thunder

    In the U14 boys local derby at Weavers Leisure Centre, Titans dominated the game against Thunder from the tip-off to the final buzzer. The Thunder team was limited to single-figure points in each of the first two quarters, which totalled 16 at half-time, whereas Titans poured in 52. The hosts eased off in the second half, but still extended their lead and secured a straight-forward 93-35 win. An analysis of the scoresheet highlighted the difference in strength in depth between the two teams with all ten of the Titans contributing to the team's total, whereas only four of Thunder’s ten players from made it on to the scoresheet and the talented Ashley Kitchen scored 57% of his team's points. For the Titans, Sean Rawlins continued his impressive form and was the game-high scorer with 24 points. He was well-supported by Benji Leesing, Harry Mitchell and Isaac Round, who scored 17, 16 and 10 respectively. Although there are still several league games to be played, the team will be looking to fine tune the offences and tighten up the defence in preparation for the playoffs.

    U14 Girls Midlands Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 44-109 Oaklands Wolves

    Titans U14 Girls knew it was going to be a tough game against Oaklands Wolves. In the first quarter Titans stood strong and continued to work hard on defence to try and secure the ball. Wolves took a strong lead in the second with Titans struggling to contain the ball; a strong full court press from Wolves caused Titans to lose their composure.

    In the second half Wolves continued to press on defence and with a 21-point scoring run with no answer from Titans, Wolves took their lead to 26-80. A small comeback pulled Titans to 34-86 at the end of the third but Wolves’ Coach continued to insist his team pressed high on the court. Where Titans required a rotation, a young five were put to the test, the fighting spirit of Talaini Akanmu, Charly Stalker and Cerise Williams held Wolves up at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Titans went to the foul line 6 times in the fourth quarter alone as their offensive efforts saw Wolves out of position. A further press was applied to the Titans girls as Wolves placed value on surpassing the 100-point mark. Titans showed huge heart and hustle as they continued to work to the end. Coach James was impressed with the resilience of her side, stating 'competing against a constant press at times is difficult for such a young side, however in doing so they get to learn a great deal.'

    Top scorers:

    Ella McCahil-Brown 18, Luca Virag & Evie Barker 8.

    U13 Central Venue League

    Whilst the U14s were playing at Weavers, another 17 of the club’s younger boys were competing in a Central Venue League event at Northampton School for Boys. The boys were split into two teams and both teams demonstrated good skills and teamwork. The Titans club is grateful to the organiser, Tony Stewart, for organising what was an excellent event.

    Any keen young players looking to taking part in the Titans coaching sessions should visit the club’s website - www.nebctitans.co.uk/junior-titans.

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