Double-header for Kings in British Wheelchair Basketball against the CWBA
The Thames Valley Kings were on the road this past Sunday against CWBA in British Wheelchair Basketball National League Action with the first team facing CWBA 2nd in Division One and the second team facing CWBA 3rds in Division Three.
In the Division Three game, The Tip was won by CWBA but the first basket of the game was for Kings and came courtesy of Corey Bloomfield, the quarter was free-flowing both teams finding the net with additional Kings baskets from Yassine Ibesaine and Mo Daller the quarter going to Coventry 14-8.
The second quarter started with a basket from Conal O’Donovan, This quarter was a lot closer with back and forth action and saw Wayne Burton put in a good run on defence. Half time score at 23-18 to the CWBA.
Kings came out for the second half keen to chase the game. Kings added Joe Humphreys to the line up for the second half. The second another close quarter, Kings winning it by 1 point finishing the quarter chasing Coventry at 32-28.
Kings came out chasing the game, Kings started the quarter with three baskets from Conal O’Donovan putting them in the lead for the first time in the game. Henry Davies joined Kings line up for the first time in the final quarter. This turned out to be another close quarter, as the lead fell away from Kings, Coventry went on to outscore Kings as it finished 44-38 to Coventry.
Head Coach Patrick O’Donovan said of the game, “Not a win but very happy with the effort from the team, another improvement, still a few things to work on.”
In The Division One game, CWBA won the tip and opened the scoring but Kings replied right back with George Gray scoring the first points. Kings were great in defence but CWBA were shooting well and made it a tough for Kings but baskets from Tom Tobin, Reece Barker and Liam Barker kept the score close with Kings leading at the end of the quarter 12-11.
The 2nd quarter went in a very similar fashion with CWBA hitting their shots and Kings struggling to find their rhythm in their offence, they managed to pip CWBA at half time to lead 24-22.
Kings knew they had to improve in their offence in the 3rd quarter and they did just that scoring 17 points with Adele Atkin getting her first basket of the game and Tobin and the Barker Brothers adding to their tallies. At the other end, the defence was solid with Gray and PJ O'Donovan putting in a great display and only conceding 6 points and taking a healthy lead into the break 41-28.
The 4th quarter was another great quarter for Kings scoring another 17 points through Tobin and the Barker Brothers thanks to some great assists from Chris Nash, the defence stayed strong as well only conceding 9 points and finishing a brilliant 2nd half performance from Kings to take the win 58-37.
Head coach Grant Barker said "Another great team performance, we are really starting to settle into the way we want to play and to get our 3rd win of the season his amazing"