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Warwickshire Bears crowned second division champions

Solihull Editorial 16th May, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

WARWICKSHIRE Bears head coach Tom Masterson has described winning the National League Second Division South title as his proudest moment with the club.

The Bears had already won promotion to Division One but will now go up as champions following a 62-55 victory over Swindon Shock at Henley College on Sunday.

It proved to be a tight affair between the two sides which was too close to call heading into the final quarter, but the home side were given a helping hand when Great Britain Under-23 international Ben Fox was forced to leave the court for persistent fouling.

The Bears saw their opportunity and edged ahead with the clock ticking down and despite Swindon having chances to come back, the basket proved elusive when it mattered most and the hosts celebrated a seven-point win at the final buzzer.

“This has to be one of our proudest moments since we set up the club,” said Masterson.

“I gave the team the target of staying in the division when we started the season so to be champions is amazing. I am absolutely delighted.”

Masterson’s side travel to Surrey this Sunday to take on Blackhawks in what is there final regular game of the season before going into the national play-offs in Worcester at the beginning of June to determine who will be the combined champion of the Division Two north and south leagues.

The second team were also winners on Sunday after beating Swinon 45-29 and there was further good news for the club this week after being told they can continue to player at Warwickshire College sports hall for a further year.

For more information about the Bears, including opportunities to play, email or call 07946518354.


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