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  • Titans Blog 28/29th April 2018

    Young Titans Crowned As League Champions

    U12s Bucks Association U12s

    NEBC Titans finished off the season in style when the U12s travelled to Aylesbury for the final stage of the Bucks Basketball Association's under 12s league. After a convincing 38-23 semi-final win against Aylesbury DUX, Titans beat Shenley 41-40 in an overtime thriller. The battle for the trophy was played out in front of a packed sports hall. League rules meant that Titans had to start the game 10-0 down, but it didn't take too long for the teams to be on equal terms. It remained close for the rest of the game and Shenley probably thought they had one hand on the trophy as, with the score tied and only three seconds left, they had two free throws to win the game. However, both were missed and the game went to overtime. As had been the case throughout the game, Ethan Mead's defence in the extra period against Shenley's big guy was outstanding. With the game still tied and time running out Ethan Round was fouled driving to the basket. As there was just 0.9 seconds left he only needed one of his two free throws to secure the win. When his first swished through the net the Titans knew they had done enough. Although he missed his second free throw, it didn't matter. The buzzer sounded, Titans were crowned as league champions and the celebrations began.

    U16 Boys Play Off ¼ Final

    Northamptonshire Titans 75-78 Ipswich

    Titans played to a packed and noisy crowd at Weavers Leisure Centre taking on the team that knocked them out of the National Cup by just 1 point; both teams knew they were going to be in a close contest.

    It was Titans that got off to a good start as Ipswich struggled to contain Jacob Cirtautas around the hoop and even though Titans’ defence edged the battle, the tie was high scoring with a 31-23 Titans lead.

    Ipswich changed to a zone defence to combat Cirtautas, this had a devastating effect on Titans as space on the perimeter began to appear, but Titans shooting was below par and with that Titans could only score 7 points in the entire quarter.

    The third saw Ipswich pour in a 12-0 run, halted by a Sam Grant score which spark a Titans 14-0 run to finish the quarter; the game was in the balance at 56-57.

    A repeat of the third saw Ipswich start well and a response from Titans bought the game back as Titans created scores whilst Ipswich hit Titans on the break. In the last two minutes, Ipswich struggled from the line and Titans increased the pressure, but it was the visitors that managed to hold on to the very end.

    Coach Powell said, ‘I asked for everyone’s absolute today and they did not disappoint, the team worked so hard and I could not be prouder’.

    Top Scorers: Grant 20, Cirtautas 18, Nailer 10

    This was an end of an era for this particular group of players as many are now moving on to Basketball Academies across the Country; a testament to the strong performance pathway that Titans provides players of all ages for both girls and boys.

    A fantastic season finale took place on Friday evening in the form of the Titans End of Season Presentation Evening held at Wellingborough School where 200 people attended, and Awards were presented to all teams ranging from the Junior Titans to the Division 2 Women. It was a celebration of the success of the club this season and the success of all the players involved as well as a thank you to all the volunteers involved.

    Open basketball sessions now begin during the off season with the girls sessions taking place at Moulton College on a Wednesday evening 7-9pm and the boys sessions taking place at Weavers Leisure Centre on a Tuesday evening 7-9pm. Please see the website www.nebctitans.co.uk for more details or contact julie.nebctitans@gmail.com

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