Kings Division Two top after a huge win in Top-of-the-table clash against Warwickshire Bears
Thames Valley Kings Division 2 team fought Warwickshire Bears 2 in an action-packed game on Saturday afternoon, the promotion hunting teams meeting for the first time this season in a top-of-the-table clash.
The game started on fire with both teams converting their chances before Kings managed to pull ahead in the latter part of the first quarter with 8 unanswered points with Reece Barker, Liam Barker, PJ O'Donovan and Chris Nash all finding the basket to take a 20-12 lead. The second quarter started the same as the first with each team trading baskets in an evenly matched quarter, to take the game to 34-26 at the end of the half, with Reece Barker adding 6 points and Chris Nash and Joe Humphreys adding 4 points each.
The Kings and Bears continued the evenly-matched contest for the 3rd quarter with Bears able to claw Kings lead down to just 6 taking the score to 48-42. In a tense 4th quarter, the tight end-to-end game continued for Kings as a Bears late comeback attempt was halted in the final minute by a Reece Barker free throw with the final score 61-56 to Kings.
The Division Three team showed great signs of improvement as they faced the yet-unbeaten Cardiff Met Archers. The Kings held their own with the game tied at 8-all at the end of the first. The game remained tight in the second period with Nick Grost, Peter Rapley, Denise Drammis and Corey Bloomfield all finding the basket with the Met Archers taking a small 4 point lead at half time, 16-20.
Kings and Met Archers were evenly matched in the 3rd with Rapley and Grost adding to Kings tally - pulling the lead back from the Archers slowly. The 4th quarter started the same as the 3rd but it was Met Archers who found the net to convert their chances and picked up the win by 6 points, 34-40.
The Division Two team next face London Titans 3 on Sunday (January 20), The Division Three team next face Gloucester Blazers at home at Kennet Leisure Centre on Saturday, February 9th. The Kings junior league team also start their qualification round for the Elite 8s Competition with a trip to Plymouth to face South West Warriors and South Wales Fletchings on Saturday, January 20th.
Division Two South - Thames Valley Kings 61-56 Warkshire Bears 2
Division Three South West - Thames Valley Kings 34-40 Cardiff Met Archers