BASKETBALL: Eight-in-a-row for on-song Northants Thunder
Northants Thunder claimed an excellent 76-43 win over Birmingham Mets IIs to stretch their winning run to eight games and stay second in the Men's National League Division Four (Midlands Conference).
Thunder led 17-9 at the end of the first quarter and 37-28 ay half-time.
The third quarter saw Thunder take complete control as a 20-2 blitz saw them 57-30 ahead, before sealing the win in the final period.
The scoring was led by Richard Higgins with 18 points, with Jacob Holt (15) and Matt Yates (12) supporting.
Junior Men’s National League (Midlands West Conference)
Frankley Falcons 52 Northants Thunder 89
AN impressive 35 points from Cameron Samuels, helped the Thunder men gain revenge for an overtime defeat at the hands of Falcons earlier in the season.
Support came from Chris Amankonah who scored 18 points, Ed Wallhead (12) and Zac Kitchen (11).
Under 16 Boys National League (Midlands West Conference)
Northants Thunder 58 Coventry Tornadoes 47
THUNDER were made to work hard for this victory against a much-improved Coventry.
Thunder were flattered by that final score, having trailed by seven points midway through the third quarter.
Nine players contributed to the final total led by Patrick Adeji and Connor White with 15 and 11 points respectively.
Under 14 Boys National League (Midlands West Conference)
Northants Thunder 58 Worcester Wolves 47
THUNDER secured their second win in a row with a victory over Worcester on Saturday.
The Thunder scoring was led by Ashley Kitchen with 27 points, with Benas Maldutis adding 12.
Under 14 Girls Non-Conference game
Northants Lightning 65 Shenley 21
Coach Karen Goodrich arranged this non-Conference game against Milton Keynes-based Shenley, and Lightning proved too strong.
Lightning comfortably won all four periods of play, with Kyla Pryce-Clarke top scoring with 14 points, while Keris Jegede scored 10 points and Abbie Muturi eight.
Saturday, December 16
9-30-11am: Junior Ballers session.
11.30am: Under 14 Girls friendly game; Under 14 Boys versus Oxford Hoops
2pm: Under 16 Girls versus Manchester Mystics II
All these games will be played ay the Basketball Centre which is situated at Northampton School for Girls, Spinney Hill Road, Northampton. Spectators are welcome and admission is FREE
Senior Men travel to Mansfield Giants
Sunday, December 17
Under 14 Girls travel to Northamptonshire Titans
Eagles’ wings are clipped by Titans
THE Northamptonshire Titans Under-14 boys completed their first round of league games with a big home win against Abingdon Eagles.
The writing was on the wall for Eagles early on as Titans started with a 20-0 run.
Ben Hooper had one of his best games of the season netting 22 points, and three other players achieved double-figures. They were Isaac Round (19), Sean Rawlins (17) and Harry Mitchell (10). They travel to Bristol this weekend.
U18 Men Peterborough Regional League
Northamptonshire Titans 70 East Cambridgeshire Warriors 43
Titans U18 men went to 3-0 and to the top of the Peterborough Regional League with a comfortable win on Friday.
As soon as Titans put in a 14-2 run mid-way through the first quarter, the result was never in doubt. Josh Stewart-Wright led the way with 18 points, PJ Preston scored 10 and Curtis Young, Sol Hughes, Nathan Gallagher and Josh Taylor all added eight apiece.
U14 Girls Midlands Conference
Derby Trailblazers 75 Northamptonshire Titans 58
TITANS travelled to Derby for their third and final meeting this season, and with a depleted team they were well beaten.
They trailed 22-7 after the first quarter, and although they improved, they couldn’t get back into the game.
Titans’ top scorers were Luca Virag, with 24 points, Ella McCahill-Brown, with 16, and Imogene Williams, with 10.
U16 Boys North Premier League
Mansfield Giants 105 NEBC Titans 92
Titans travelled to Mansfield for this top-of-the-table clash, and were left to rue a slow start as they slipped to defeat.
Titans battled all the way to the final buzzer but could not close that the gap.
The Northants team face the league’s only unbeaten team on Saturday when they host Manchester Magic.
For Titans, Ben Nailer top-scored with 26, with support from Sam Grant (22), Jude Carmichael (18) and Jacob Cirtautas (16).