BASKETBALL: Titans sink Barrow to keep play-off hopes alive
NEBC Titans have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes and are now hunting a play-off spot in the Senior Women WNBL Division Two after beating Barrow Thorns 76-47.
Titans’ top scorers were Sascha Thompson (19) and Paige Vyse (18).
Sheffield Sharks 78 NEBC Titans 62
Titans took on title-chasing Sheffield Junior Sharks in the U16 Boys North Premier.
Good shooting from Sam Grant and Jacob Cirtautas ensured the visitors held just a two-point lead at the half.
The third quarter saw an opening three-point shot from Ben Nailer but Sharks went on a 10-0 run and Titans then found it difficult to recover.
Titans started the fourth converting well but Sharks found another gear at the crucial time to secure the victory.
Titans’ top scorers were Sam Grant (20) and Jacob Cirtautas (10).
NEBC Titans 77 Manchester Mystics 55
Titans suffered defeat to title favourites Manchester Mystics in the U16 Girls Premier 1-8.
Titans’ top scorers were Kenny Hamilton (13), Frankie Patmore (12) and Tegan Millar-Opongntim (10).
NEBC Titans 56 Worcester Bears 56
Titans were outclassed by Worcester Bears in the first half of their U14 Boys Midlands II Conference League match and it paved the way for the visitors to win.
Titans’ top scorers were Isaac Round (29), Sean Rawlins (13) and Ben Hooper (8).
Southwark Pride 98 Northants Thunder 90
THUNDER looked on course to claim a win above them in the Men’s Division Three North table, but it wasn’t to be.
In the defeat, Adam Thomas enjoyed his best game of the season, scoring 21 points, while good support came from the Yates brothers, Johnny and Matt, with 13 and 12 points respectively.
Northants Thunder 59 Nottingham Hoods 54
THUNDER just managed to hold on as they got back to winning ways in the Junior Men’s East Midlands Conference.
Shaq Ntumba led the way with 20 points, while David Nieva supported well with 18 points and Jaz Campbell chipped in with eight.
Northants Thunder 66 Leicester Dynamite 77
IT looks as if the slim chances of Thunder reaching the end of season play-offs in the Under 16 Boys East Midlands Conference have disappeared after they lost to a talented team.
Chris Amankonah did produce a magnificent 30-point effort for Thunder, with Josh Lloyd and Ed Wallhead supporting well.
Notts Nova 34 Northants Thunder 97
After the disappointment of the previous day’s defeat to Leicester Dynamite, Thunder didn’t have to wait long to put things right.
Ed Wallhead scored 35 points, with Chris Amankonah and Josh Lloyd supporting well with 20 and 15 points respectively.
Northants Thunder 74 City of Birmingham II 55
THUNDER played their final Under 14 Boys East Midlands II Conference home game of the season missing guards Henri Berry and Patrick Adedeji, leaving them light in the backcourt.
But they were still able to win, with Jonathan Ntumba grabbing 26 points and Kalonji Campbell and Ashley Kitchen scoring 16 and 15 points respectively.
Ipswich Bobcats 78 Northants Lightning 38
LIGHTNING left their form on the bus as they were well beaten in the Under 14 Girls East Conference.
Only two Lightning players to make significant scoring contributions, with Dina Kosmikovskis and Lucy Needham claiming 13 and 10 points respectively.
Saturday, March 4: 9.30-11am: Junior Ballers; 11.30am: Under 14 Girls versus Brentwood Fire; 1.30pm: Junior Men versus Leicester Warriors; 3.30pm: Senior Men versus Solent Kestrels (these games 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)
Sunday: Under 14 Boys travel to Birmingham Elite