WARWICKSHIRE Bears 2nds suffered disappointment on the road as they were beaten 43-28 at Cardiff Met Archers in British Wheelchair Basketball League Division Two South on Sunday.
The Bears were missing a number of their regular players at the University of Cardiff and had to call upon members of the third team to fill in.
There were impressive displays from Aimee Hillson, Andy Stow and junior Aaron Grant, but the Bears were unable to seal the victory which would have secured their survival in the division.
The game started with the Bears playing a strong defence whilst running the floor and making the most of their early chances. The Archers were able to match the Bears scoring though and the visitors led 13-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Archers ramped up their defence in the second period to put Bears under pressure around their basket whilst also being able to convert their chances at their own basket to go into the break with a 23-16 lead.
Showing a stubborn defence, the Archers stretched their lead to 35-19 by the end of the third quarter and, despite an evenly matched final period, there was no way back for the visitors.
Bears coach Derek Hall said: “Firstly I would like to congratulate the Archers on a good win. It was always going to be difficult with us missing some key players but I think the three players who played up were magnificent.
“This demonstrates exactly what we are looking to do at the club – to push players up through the ranks of teams.”
The Bears return to action when all three sides play their last home fixtures of the season on Sunday against Leicester Cobras 1 and 2 and Hackney Sparrows.
The Bears are still looking for a sponsor and always seeking to recruit new members, especially female and junior players. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call head coach Tom Masterson on 07946 518354.