TREI ST VIE led the scoring as Northamptonshire Titans claimed a comfortable 90-63 EBL Under 14 Boys Midlands Conference win over the Leicester Warriors.
The first half saw Titans comfortably take a 33 point lead.
Coach Clarke saw that as an opportunity to rotate the bench well with court time being shared out among the eager boys.
Top scorer was St Vie, with back up coming from Hayden Alcindor (17) and Callum Charteris (15).
EBL Under 13 Boys Midlands South Conference
Northants Thunder 75 Northamptonshire Titans 45
The Titans made the short hop over to Thunder, and the first two quarters were all about the defence.
In previous games this has been an area the Titans coaching staff have been paying attention to and this was reflected in the Titans performance.
With two minutes left in the second quarter the scores were tied at 18 a piece, but then the referee called a technique foul on the Titans defence as he thought they were playing a zone.
This turned out to be the turning point in the game as the young Titans were unsettled by this decision as Thunder finish on a 10-2 run.
The game continued to reflect how the first half finished with Titans unable to find their way to hoop and Thunder finished 75-45 winners.
However, coach Barry Powell said: “The upside was again a very much improved performance by all.”
EBL Under 15 Boys Midlands Conference
Coventry Tornadoes 41 Northamptonshire Titans 91
Titans had the short and cold journey to Coventry, and after a poor performance in their last game and missing a fixture last week due to the severe snowy conditions, they were wanting to impress on the Coventry team who were the bosses.
The Titans exploded out to a 21-2 lead which settled the squad down to focus on intensity.
Cameron Hawes set the pace scoring all his 12 points in the first half.
The coaches were able to mix the players and maintain intensity on both ends of the floor and kept the scores at half time to Coventry 15 and 43 to the Titans.
The half time talk from the coaching staff was not to sit back, but to push forward as a team with the Titans scoring an excellent 34 in the third quarter allowing the team to try different options and plays on the floor for the final quarter.
As with Hawes, Alfie Fox scored 16 of his 18 points in one of the halves, but in this case the second.
There were solid performances from all the players led by the captain Andrews who had three steals, nine rebounds and 16 points before fouling out with the fourth quarter still to go.
The team all performed well and the starting five all finished in double scoring figures.
Titans will now focus with this momentum in to their next game against the top team in the league, Notts Nova.
EBL Under 16 Boys Northern Premiere
Cheshire Panthers 58 Northamptonshire Titans 57
The Titans made a long journey on Saturday to an improving Cheshire who earned a shock win.
Titans got off to a shaky start giving the Panthers an eight point streak in the first quarter, but with solid ball movement clawed it back up to a two point game.
A close game throughout saw the Panthers succeed after a slow comeback by the Titans, who suffered from some tough calls by the referees that affected their rhythm and chemistry as the game went on.
Their fourth loss of the season was a wake up call if they want to stay in the hunt for the play-offs.
A threatening, close competitor to that spot is Birmingham who faces the Titans next at Northampton Academy on Sunday.
Games scheduled for Titans next Weekend are
Saturday, February 2
12.30pm: Titans Under 14 Boys vs Shropshire Warriors at Weavers Leisure Centre, Wellingborough
14.30pm: Titans Under 15 Boys vs Notts Nova at Weavers Leisure Centre, Wellingborough
Sunday, February 3
Midday: Titans Under 13 Boys vs Bracknell Cobras at The Northampton Academy
2pm: Titans Under 16 Boys vs. City of Birmingham at The Northampton Academy
5pm: Titans Women’s team vs Bromsgrove Bears at Weavers Leisure Centre, Wellingborough