22nd Oct, 2016

Bears gun down Essex Outlaws

Solihull Editorial 17th Dec, 2014 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

BEARS extended their winning streak to six matches thanks to a 47-29 victory away at Essex Outlaws.

Another convincing win allows the Bears to keep their 100 per cent record intact and go into the new year top of the table.

The Bears started from the tip off in a determined role and limited the Outlaws to only two points.

But the hosts were sloppy on the attacking front themselves and scored just ten points to finish out the first quarter.

The introduction of Ian Beach, on his return from a short layoff, injected some much-needed experience to help settle the Bears whilst moving the scoreboard up.

This gave coach Tom Masterson the opportunity to bring Anna Turney into the game and she made an immediate impact with a marvellous drive to the basket and finished it with a great shot for her first basket for the Bears as the hosts ended the first half 26-8 in front.

The second half was another opportunity for the Bears to mix up their team and provide other players further match experience.

Playing a strong zone defence, this gave the Bears guard players the opportunity to launch fast break offences, with Anna Turney adding to her tally with an additional basket as the hosts ended the third quarter 39-39 in front.

The last quarter was played out with the Bears rotating their bench and they eventually ran out 47-29 winners.

“Whilst happy with the win, we were sloppy on parts of our game,” said coach Masterson.

“Outlaws are a determined, tough team, but we are better than we played.

“The positives were seeing Anna get on the score sheet, and give her some reward for all the hard work she has put in since the start of the season.”

The Bears’ next game is at home on January 4 against London Titans at Warwickshire College in Henley-in-Arden.