Basketball
Positives to be taken from narrow defeat

By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 15 November 2012 Updated: 20/11 10:11

BROMSGROVE Bears’ National League women’s team suffered an agonising 54-53 defeat at Leicester on Saturday.

With just two minutes to go Bears held a ten-point cushion and looked to be heading towards victory but Leicester turned the game on its head in the closing stages and even Cooper’s three-pointer on the buzzer could not save the day. Cooper and Richmond top scored with 19 and nine points respectively.

Despite the defeat there were further signs that the team continues to get stronger and with a number of players returning from injury, it is surely only a matter of time before they start dominating opponents.

The Local League women’s team have already hit that stage, recording a 60-point victory against West Midlands Police at the weekend.

Made up of two National League players, Simonne Annon and a mixture of u18s and u16s, the girls look well drilled and have a good understanding when on court.

The Men fell to a 64-49 National League defeat against Ipswich but produced a display that pleased Coach Fisher who is hopeful of a more positive outcome from tomorrow’s home clash with College of West Anglia.

Bears performed excellently in the first half to trail just 27-22 at the break and they hung on to Ipswich’s coattails throughout the second half.

The u15 Boys found it difficult to stop Coventry scoring inside and although they suffered defeat they sunk baskets well themselves and now look forward to playing Derby tomorrow.

The team are also looking for new players and anybody interested can contact Dawn on 07906 402636.

Nottingham proved too strong for the u16 girls in the Sureshot Cup as they used a full court defence to good effect.

That will not deter the girls ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Bucks Hornets with coach Cerys Hall saying: “The girls are all listening well and improving after each training session and game, which can be reflected upon in this home game on Saturday.

“The girls have come up against two of the strongest teams in the country for their first couple of games, so can only benefit going into their next games from playing the two most well established teams.

“I have high hopes for the team and squad that I have at present and look forward to them developing further and picking up some well deserved wins this season.”

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