WARWICKSHIRE Bears battled to a narrow defeat against London Titans in their latest British Wheelchair Basketball League Premier Division encounter.
The winless Bears were up against it from the start as Titans played strong at both ends of the court and provided very few chances for the hosts to score.
Trailing 17-4 at the end of the first period, the Bears fought back in the next two quarters to bring themselves back into contention.
But despite the hosts outscoring the Titans in the final period, the visitors left with a 47-39 victory.
Bears coach Tom Masterson said: “I would like to congratulate Titans and their coach Macca McCullen for a fantastic game. “I need to try and work out why we are starting too slowly and letting these teams get away from us, but I can’t fault the effort and fight in the team.
“We are still a work in progress but hopefully we’ll get to the level where we need to be eventually.”
NEWLY-PROMOTED Bears Seconds were ousted 79-28 by London Titans Seconds in a much-more straightforward clash in Division One South.
Hosting last season’s division runners up and having a number of players absent leading up to the clash, the Bears were always set for an uphill battle.
Coach Jacob Robinson called up junior players Ellen Fraser and Kyle Jackson to his line-up, while veteran Adrian Taber added some experience to the young side.
However, Bears were unable to keep pace with with the free-flowing play of the Titans – who dominated from the start and saw the game out in convincing fashion.
Robinson said: “This was always going to be a tough start for us after promotion last season and, with many of the players moving up to our first team or not being available, I have to make a special mention about the two juniors Kyle and Ellen who were fantastic.”
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