19th Nov, 2019

Bears start new year with confidence boosting win against Leicester

WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL: WARWICKSHIRE Bears started the new year in fine style with a 52-42 win over Leicester Cobras.

But coach Tom Masterson insists his side are capable of more, despite picking up the points from their first game of the calendar year.

Bears’ performance in the first quarter saw them trail Leicester by two points as both teams showed signs of rustiness from the Christmas break.

Masterson’s men came out stronger in the second quarter and played harder in defence.

Gradually, the lead was clawed back as Jacob Robinson netted a basket on the buzzer from his own half to open up a 19-26 lead.

Cobras came out determined in the third quarter and used the full court to chip away at Bears’ lead.

Dn Gill and Ben Haigh proved a nuisance for the home side though as Bears stretched their lead to ten points.

The same margin separated the side’s at full time as Bears ran out 42-52 winners.

Masterson said: “I’d like to congratulate the Cobras as they fought all the way and gave us a real test today.

“Although disappointed with the display, we still won so we have to be happy about that.

“We have some big games coming up and we need to be so much better for them or we will get punished.”

BEARS’ third team also tasted success at the weekend, beating Leicester 18-23 to complete the double.

Keiron Parker and returning Andy Stow starred for Bears in what turned out to be a closely fought contest.

Coach Robinson said: “I’m very proud of the Bears today.

“With three starting players missing and to get the win was brilliant. They should all be proud of themselves.”

The Bears are next in action on January 21 when they face Devon Otters and Bears 3 face Jaguars.

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