17th Nov, 2019

Performances are improving, says Bears head coach Masterson

Ben Tyler 31st Oct, 2019

WARWICKSHIRE Bears Wheelchair Basketball head coach Tom Masterson believes his side are not too far away despite falling to a fourth loss in the National League Premier Division against Tees Valley Titans.

Bears were ousted 75-72 in a match that remained close throughout, despite a limited squad being available to Masterson.

The loss leaves Warwickshire second bottom in the division, but Masterson had nothing but praise for his charges.

“That was a fantastic game, it was definitely an exciting one to watch from the stands, but an absolute nail-biter from the bench,” he said.

“I know it’s another loss, but I can see so much improvement in the team and our talent with each game we play.

“We will be back training and hopefully fighting for a first win this season.”

The Bears headed to Teeside with optimism, despite news of the recent sale of their home to Wasps Rugby Club, and demonstrated their positive approach in the opening quarter.

Daz Peasley, Jacob Robinson and Dan Gill all peppered the Titans’ basket with shots in the opening period, but trailed 16-15 going into the second quarter.

Bears managed to overturn the scores and lead 33-31 at the half-way stage, thanks to the swift transitions into attack provided by Gill, before going behind once more after a change in set-up from the hosts.

Titans held a slender 51-49 advantage heading into the last 15 minutes, one which they managed to see out thanks to the sharp shooting of Liam Fawcett.

Bears visit bottom-side Exeter Otters on Sunday November 10 in their next match.

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