Kings Division Two pickup overtime win against Norwich Lowriders
Kings Division Two team traveled to Norwich on Sunday to play Lowriders, the league leaders knowing it was going to be a tough game. Kings got off to a flying start taking an early 12 point lead with the Barker brothers, Reece and Liam on fire. The scoring slowed up towards the end of the quarter but good defense saw Kings go into the first quarter break leading 14-6.
Kings started the 2nd quarter with a quick basket from L. Barker but lost their composure slightly and Lowriders scored ten unanswered points. Kings managed to change the flow of the quarter as it progressed picking up eight points to Lowriders two, Thanks to PJ O’Donovan and Chris Nash picking up their first points and taking the Kings in at halftime leading 24-18.
The 3rd quarter saw Kings defense tighten up and restrict Lowriders to just 8 points but couldn’t take their chances at the other end only scoring 8 points through Nash and the Barker Brothers finishing the quarter leading 32-26.
Kings were struggling to find their rhythm but did manage to extend the lead to 10 points with the Barker Brothers adding to their tally but Kings let it slip with some sloppy passes and cheap turnovers to finish regulation time 38-38 and taking it to overtime.
Kings played their best basketball of the game and took control with baskets from Joe Humphreys, O’Donovan and the Barker Brothers but it was their great defense that stopped Lowriders and Kings took the win, 48-40.
Head coach Grant Barker was delighted to come away with the win and see the team’s improvement in their defense "We now need to take our strong points into our next two home games"
Kings Juniors will be in action on Saturday, with the final round of junior league fixtures hosted at FBC Centre in Wokingham. Kings will be looking for a strong finish to this stage of the competition as they look for qualification to the Elite 8s finals competition.
Kings Division Three team battle promotion hunting Swansea Storm
Kings Division three team faced a tough battle on Saturday against a promotion hunting Swansea Storm at Kennet Leisure in Thatcham. Kings started well for the first two minutes before disaster hit as captain Peter Rapley suffered a chair malfunction which proved costly as his removal from the game open the Kings defense and lead to a 17-point unanswered run from Storm, with Storm taking a 19-2 lead at the end of the quarter.
Kings came out fighting in the second quarter with Peter Rapley and Wayne Burton both finding the net as Kings defense tighten to control the damage done in the first quarter, 27-7 at the end of the half.
In the third quarter, Storm continued to apply the pressure on the Kings as they struggled to soak up the pressure from the press. In Offense, Peter Rapley and Nick Grost both found the basket, to make it 44-13 at the end of the quarter.
The fourth quarter went like the third quarter, Storm continued to grind into the Kings defense as they struggled to soak up the pressure at times but the Kings offense worked well with Mo Daller finding his first basket alongside Rapley and Grost. The Game ending 56-19 to Storm.
Coach Peter Scoins stated after the game "There's a lot to take in from this match, It's a tough division for this inexperienced team, but we will go back to the core elements in training and come back harder next time"