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  • Titans Blog 7/8th April 2018

    WEEK 1 OF THE PLAYOFFS

    Titans slay the Giants

    U14 Boys

    Northamptonshire Titans 98-59 Mansfield Giants

    Titans U14 Boys can claim to be one of the top 16 teams in the Country having won their first play-off game against Mansfield Giants with a very impressive performance. Titans coach, Mike Round, had the benefit of a scouting report which enabled him to come up with a game plan that focused on keeping the Giants’ two star players quiet. Ciaran Myers’ defence limited the Giants’ talented guard to just four points in the first quarter and Sean Rawlins held their 6’5” England U15 squad member to just one point. It took the Giants until the fifth minute to score a field goal, whereas Titans were powering their way to a 26-7 first quarter lead. Isaac Round led the way in the second period scoring 17 of his eventual 37 points and the 53-24 lead was already looking unassailable. High quality defence from Sean Rawlins and Benji Leesing frustrated Giants’ big guy to the point where he decided to leave the game before half-time and never returned. Titans maintained their focus at the start of the second half and a 16-4 run left Giants with a mountain to climb. With the win becoming ever-more inevitable, Coach Round was able to give court time to all the team members. As the time ran out, the score was 98-59 and the Titans had well-and-truly slayed the Giants. In addition to Round’s season-high 37 points, Sean Rawlins poured in 18 points and Ciaran Myers also reached double-figures with 10 points. Titans have earned a ‘sweet sixteen’ game which will be a tough one away to the mighty Manchester Magic this weekend.

    U16 Girls

    West Herts Warriors 78-63 Northamptonshire Titans

    Titans travelled to Premier side, West Herts Warriors, in the Junior National League play-offs and with the Warriors England duo, Titans knew a battle of the boards was going to determine the outcome.

    Titans were overwhelmed in the first 5 minutes as they just couldn’t find a way to the Warriors basket amongst the high pressure of Warriors and with a 17-0 score line to the home side Titans’ self-belief started to waiver until Lauren Dabbs got the Titans offence going.

    Titans didn’t start well in the second quarter and slumped to a 22-point deficit; whatever Coach Powell said to his players spurred them on as Titans’ season form started to show as they contained Warriors and began to impose their flowing transition basketball.

    Titans continued to battle and with Warriors struggling to convert from the foul line, Titans found themselves within 10 points at the end of the third.

    A big push was needed at the defensive but with the foul count ramping up, both teams ended up exchanging scores and finally Warriors secured the win.

    U14 Girls

    Richmond Knights 77-22 Northamptonshire Titans

    The U14 girls travelled to Twickenham on Saturday for their play-off game against Richmond Knights.

    A high-spirited Titans side took to the floor and immediately faced high defensive pressure from Knights. Having prepared for this, Titans dealt with it well and passed out of the double team, however they struggled to score from the opportunities they created. Titans’ defence was strong, forcing Knights to shoot from the perimeter which is where they showed their impressive shooting abilities. This resulted in Knights’ lead pulling away. Titans were unable to score from their efforts through the second half but continued to pressure Knights with every movement. A constant full court press through the game was seen by Titans but their constant hustle and efforts prevented Knights from being able to relax, even with a significant lead. Imogene Williams was Titans’ stand out player in the fixture showing strong ball handling and passing abilities as well a fearless and precise defence. The tie finished 77-22 to Knights.

    The Knights coach complimented Titans’ defence stating 'this was the best defence we have faced all season stopping our driving game'

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