On Sunday 28th April at Stanground Sports Centre in Peterborough East Cambs Basketball’s senior men’s team, the Warriors, secured their first ever trophy with a 46-39 win over Werrington Wolves in the Nene Valley League Plate Final.
Only 7 players were available to play for head coach Rob Knapper on the day of the final, but right from the start of the game, the team stuck to the game plan which would eventually lead them to victory. A tight first quarter ended with the Warriors down by 3 points at 11-14. However, in the second quarter some great team and individual defence lead by Captain Tim Evans eventually showed and by the end, had limited Werrington to just 6 points in the quarter and Warriors ended the first half with a 7-point lead 27-20. The second half was much the same with great defence and some crucial baskets when it counted. In the end, the Warriors players kept their cool on both ends of the court and came out victorious with a hard fought 7-point win, 46-39.
Let by Brad Coats who had 12 points with contributions from Taylor Smith 10 points, Josh Cullum 9 points Sam Green 8 points, Tim Evans 4 points and Michael Saunders 3 points.
Head Coach Rob Knapper Said “As a coach, I know how hard these guys have worked all season in both training and match day. I could not be prouder than I am right now. All seven of them worked hard today and really deserved the victory. I thought our defence was outstanding and to limit them to single figures in the second quarter won it for us. Tim and Sam had some crucial blocks down the line and some outstanding individual defence from Alex Needham set us up for the win. When we went down the guys did not panic and as per normal for basketball, the Wolves put in a fight back, but in the end the players listened and did not panic. Every one of them left it out on the court today. No matter how many more trophies or titles we win, these guys will have the privilege of being able to say, I was part of the team that won the first trophy for the senior team”