21st Sep, 2020

Spartans up to fifth after battling double-header

Ben Tyler 27th Feb, 2020

LEAMINGTON Spartans are up to fifth in Warwickshire BA Division One on the back of their double header against Warwick China Red and Arden Griffins.

A 50-39 success against rock-bottom Warwick gave Spartans their fourth win this term, though a 93-48 defeat against leaders Arden instantly brought Russell Dunkley’s side back down to earth.

In the opening match, Leamington’s forward line of Kris Polley and Jan Suk contributed 22 points between them to shoot their side in front.

Joey Robbins, scorer of 14 points from the bench, added to the visitors’ cause at Woodlands Academy, while Dan Beals successfully restricted any momentum from the hosts in the point guard position.

It was a different story, however, in Leamington’s away day against the Griffins, who remain undefeated after their latest scintillating performance.

Trailing 34-7 after the first quarter, the Spartans fought back valiantly to keep pressure on Arden, with Polley again the star man with 20 points to his name.

Fatigue eventually took its toll on the visitors with only five players available to them, allowing the hosts to stretch out their lead in the final 15 minutes.

In Division Two, Leamington’s second team were edged by the narrowest of margins in a 69-58 defeat at Ernesford Eagles.

The seventh-placed Spartans were locked in a battle right to the finish against their rivals, who leapfrogged them into sixth. For Leamington, Dan Zoka scored 16 points.

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