BASKETBALL: Big Thunder win not enough to seal a play-off spot

Northants Thunder recorded an emphatic 117-30 win over an inexperienced Rutland Thunders team - but missed out on the end-of-season play-offs in the Under 16 Boys East Midlands Conference.

Thursday, 16th March 2017, 2:00 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:10 am
LEAPING HIGHEST - Chris Amankonah nets for Thunder Under-16s in their clash with Rutland Thunders (Pictures: Dave Ikin)

Thunder’s scoring was led by Josh Lloyd, Ed Wallhead and Chris Amankonah, the latter recording more points than the whole of the Rutland team put together.

Worcester Wolves 58 Northants Thunder 81

THUNDER finished their season on a high in the Under 14 Boys Midlands II Conference.

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Kalonji Cambell led the Thunder scoring with 28 points, and he was well supported by Patrick Adedeji and Jonathan Ntumba, who scored 17 and 16 points respectively.

Oaklands College Wolves 80 Northants Lightning 54

LIGHTNING were beaten in a tough Under 14 Girls East Conference clash.

Lucy Needham and Dina Kosnikovska led the Lightning scoring with 19 and 15 points respectively.

Oxford Brookes University 87 Northants Thunder 64

For the second week running, Thunder imploded in the second half and this setback plunges them into the Men’s Division Three South relegation zone.

The Thunder scoring was led by Tom Higgins, Richard Higgins and Tony Sarrio.

THE Northants Basketball Club presentation evening will be held on Friday, March 31 in the Recharge Area at Northampton School for Girls, commencing at 6.30pm.

All players, including Junior Ballers and their parents are most welcome and places should be booked thorough Karen Goodrich at [email protected]


Saturday, March 18: 9.30am-11am: Junior Ballers; 11.15am-1.15pm: County Under 13 Boys and Girls Try-outs; 2pm: Senior Men versus Brunel University Ducks (this game will be played at the Northamptonshire Basketball Centre, which is situated at Northampton School for Girls, Spinney Hill Road, Northampton - spectators are welcome and admission is free); Junior Men travel to Coventry Tornadoes

NEBC Titans 80 City of Birmingham IIs 53

Alexander Stewart’s final game as coach of the NEBC Titans under-14 boys team ended in victory as they beat City of Birmingham II 80-53.

The win ensured Titans finished in third place in the U14 Boys Midlands Division Two.

NEBC Titans 49 Norfolk Iceni 61

Titans were up against Norfolk Iceni in their final game of the season in the U14 Girls East Conference League.

And they were eventually beaten, despite a close fourth quarter.

Titans’ top scorers were Ella McCahill Brown (12) and Emma Wickham (13).

Jake Chapman in action for Titans Under-16s (Picture: Angie Dabbs)

Manchester Giants 94 NEBC Titans 80

Titans were up against Manchester Giants in their penultimate U16 Boys North Premier League match of the season.

And although they started well through Taiwo Hamilton, Jude Carmichael and Diarra Layne causing problems, their defence struggled to keep the Giants’ big man at bay.

And it was the Manchester side who eventually prevailed.

Titans’ top scorers were Hamilton (16), Grant 13, Layne (12), Carmichael (11) and Nailer (10).

Haringey Angels 49 NEBC Titans 39

Titans travelled to Haringey Angels in the U16 Girls Premier 1-8 and were beaten.

Titans’ top scorer was Frankie Patmore with 17 points.

Nottingham University 86 NEBC Titans 64

Titans showed their improvement despite slipping to a loss to Nottingham University in Senior Women WNBL Division Two.

Titans top scorers were Sascha Thompson (22), Georgia Collins (16) and Paige Vyse (11).

The final games of the season take place this weekend with the senior women travelling to Derbyshire Gems on Saturday and Mansfield Giants on Sunday.

The under-16 boys go to Stockport on Saturday.

Conna Dover in action for Titans Under-16s (Picture: Angie Dabbs)
Jake Chapman in action for Titans Under-16s (Picture: Angie Dabbs)
Conna Dover in action for Titans Under-16s (Picture: Angie Dabbs)