A FIFTH-PLACED finish has been achieved by Leamington Spartans after finishing their WBA Division One season on a high note.
Victory over bottom-side Warwick China Red in a 54-44 success helped Russell Dunkley’s side go level on points with Rugby Rage and finish with a marginally better points difference of -172 to their rivals’ -181.
Spartans started strongly and led 16-6 by the end of the first quarter, thanks to two three-pointers from the sharp-shooting Nick Klemos.
Continuing to hold the upper hand over their lowly opponents for the remainder of the contest, with Kris Polley and Joey Robbins leading the way with ten points each, Leamington saw out a fifth victory of the season by a ten-point margin.
Meanwhile, Spartans’ second team crashed out of the WBA Shield after a 91-86 defeat to Tile Hill Trojans Seconds.
With the handicap system in place for the competition, the Trojans started the game with a ten-point lead and stretched out their advantage to 51-33 after a high-scoring first quarter.
Spartans’ Murat Kaciran found his feet in the second quarter, chipping in with 16 points, as the visitors attempted to mount a comeback.
To the credit of Leamington, the deficit was closed to five points at the start of the fourth quarter, although the failure to shut out Tile Hill’s free-scoring forwards proved costly.
A late three-pointer from Dan Beals brought Leamington to within three points of parity, though it proved too little, too late as the hosts closed out the game.