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  • Titans Blog 24/25th March 2018

    U16 Girls North Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 84-53 Manchester Mystics II

    Northamptonshire Titans 83-47 Stockport Lapwings

    It was a double winning weekend for the U16 Girls North Conference champions as on Saturday they took on the very physical Manchester Mystics II. Titans started well with Tegan Millar and Kenny Hamilton finding success close to the basket. U14s’ Lucy Virag got in on the action towards the end of the first whilst the visitors started to find their feet and responded well.

    Titans’ defence took a firm grip keeping the visitors scoreless for 6 minutes whilst pouring in 11 points. Titans’ Lauren Dabbs was in fine form converting in broken play which was the theme right up to the final buzzer.

    Less than 24hrs later, Titans were back on the floor hosting a Stockport team that had also played the day before and with Stockport hoping to upset the home side’s unbeaten record whilst chasing a playoff spot, the contest was set.

    Titans started well but faded quickly as Stockport regained control and to everyone’s surprise saw Titans behind. A timeout and Lauren Dabbs’ quick 5 points restored the lead.

    Dabbs continued to dominate the scoring early on and when Stockport contained Dabbs, up stepped India Evans with a 6-point run of her own.

    The second half saw Titans back to their best with great ball movement and their free-flowing basketball trademark which resulted in them securing the victory and their unbeaten record.

    U16 Boys North Premier

    City of Birmingham Rockets 50-88 Northamptonshire Titans

    Titans knew only a win would do to secure second place in the North Premier; Titans went to work straight away close to basket but it was Diarra Layne’s drives to the basket that caused difficulty for the CoB team.

    Jamal Jack turned up the heat on the offensive boards converting back-to-back baskets, supported well by the change of pace from Jude Carmichael to give Titans 21-50 halftime lead.

    Titans’ Captain Sam Grant stood firm at the defensive end and with the vision of Ben Nailer’s passing, Titans bossed the game from start to finish. With the tie in no doubt, Titans were all able to enjoy good court minutes all making the scoresheet, and now look forward to the playoffs.

    Top Scorers: Carmichael 20 Grant 15 Layne 11

    U12s

    Triple Threat Basketball 23-42 Northamptonshire Titans

    AGS Hornets 16-21 Northamptonshire Titans

    Titans’ U12 boys significantly improved their chances of making the semi-finals of the Bucks U12s League by winning both of their games on Sunday in Aylesbury. Although the team didn’t play particularly well against Triple Threat Basketball or AGS Hornets, they managed to grind out a couple of positive results. The first game against Triple Threat Basketball was a fairly straight-forward 42-23 win, but AGS Hornets provided a tougher test. Titans were unable to score in open play in the first quarter against Hornets and were 12-10 down at half-time. However, they held their opponents scoreless in the third quarter, and took a 16-12 lead into the final period. After a tense last few minutes, Titans hung on for a 21-16 win. If Titans can win their final league games against Triple Threat Basketball in a few weeks’ time, they will secure a place in the semi-finals.

    U14 Girls Midlands Conference

    Northamptonshire Titans 62-31 Leicester Warriors

    Titans U14 Girls were host to Leicester Warriors in their last game of the season.

    The scoring was opened by Imogene Williams and Titans’ strong and controlled defence allowed then to create a lead of 16 points by the end of the first quarter. The second and third quarters were low scoring for Titans as the younger players were given significant minutes. The low score, however, was not a problem for Titans as they showed an impressive defensive ability and high work rate which also prevented Warriors from scoring.

    The fourth quarter was set with the main body of next year’s team; with confidence, the girls pushed on and proved to themselves, and the coaches, they too could be a scoring threat bring the team and crowd to their feet, no more so than when 10yr old Tolani Akarnmu scored her first basket of the season. Cerise Williams drove to the basket with confidence and Abi Smith’s mature shot selection gave promise to Titans’ future.

    The coaching staff finished the game with a senior line up as 4 out of 5 played their final U14 game as they move up an age group. Although emotional, the 5 saw the game out strong with an 11-0 scoring run.

    Coach James stated how proud she was of the girls this season as they have developed into a strong team, and confident in their future as she hands the reins of the U14 Girls over to Assistant Coach Jade Sacre for the 18/19 season.

    Top scorers: Ella McCahill Brown 20, Imogene Williams 16

    U16 Boys Titans Purple Midlands West Conference

    Shropshire Warriors 92-86 Northamptonshire Titans Purple

    Titans U16 Purple met Shropshire Warriors in their final game of the season. The Titans squad had high hopes entering the game as their last meeting only had a 6-point difference but with Titans having improved a lot since the Christmas break it was all to play for. Both teams got off to a great start; after Saahil Kanabar scored the first Titans points, every basket from Shropshire was met by another from Titans, setting the tone for the game. The first quarter finished 24:18

    In the second period, Shropshire exploited the space left by Titans in their defensive press and were able to reward their runners with the ball which in turn lead to good baskets by Warriors but Titans managed to keep up, mainly down to the scoring trio of Dinari Williams-Brown, Ben Hooper and Isaac Round who between them racked up 24 points in the quarter (25:24)

    The third quarter saw Warriors push further ahead of Titans whose tiring defence allowed Warriors to land uncontested shots going into the last quarter (22:18)

    The fourth quarter was Titans best quarter as the Williams-Brown, Hooper and Round scoring trio clocked up their biggest point accumulation, beating the home side 21:26 for this period. Great efforts from Ben Hooper and Isaac Round saw Titans come from 11 points down to within 5 points but it wasn’t enough as Shropshire tactfully played out their last minutes and took the win 92:86, a score line reminiscent of their first meeting. These boys can be proud of the continuous improvements they have made in their first season together.

    Top Scorers: Hooper 35, Round 24, Williams-Brown 19

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