BASKETBALL: Sascha shines as Titans take spoils

ACTION from Northants Thunder Under-14s' clash with Worcester Bears (Pictures: Dave Ikin)
ACTION from Northants Thunder Under-14s' clash with Worcester Bears (Pictures: Dave Ikin)

A strong start paved the way for NEBC Titans to seal a 71-56 victory at Sheffield Hatters in Senior Women NBL Division Two.

Sascha Thompson was too strong for the hosts’ defence from close range early on and a Georgia Collins three-pointer left Hatters facing an uphill struggle.

And they couldn’t climb the mountain as Titans took the win, with Thompson (18), Georgia Collins (14) and Esme Kinghorn (13) impressing.

NEBC Titans 61 Bucks Hornets 56

In the U14 Girls East Conference League, Titans claimed a fine win over leaders Bucks Hornets.

The Northants team had suffered a 60-point loss in the previous match between the two sides but they turned the tables on this occasion.

Titans’ top scorers were Tegan Opongntim-Millar (29), Amber Martin (13) and Emma Wickham (9).

NEBC Titans 50 Sevenoaks Suns 56

Titans got off the mark early on with a 10-0 run in their U16 Girls Premier 1-8 League match against Sevenoaks Suns.

But Suns hit back quickly and eventually managed to secure a narrow win.

Shropshire Warriors 29 NEBC Titans 69

Titans under-14 boys sealed a victory at Shropshire Warriors.

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Northants Thunder 74 Thames Valley Cavaliers II 57

AFTER last week’s disappointing loss at the hands of Greenwich Titans, Thunder went into their Men’s Division Three North game against the Thames Valley Cavaliers second string in nervous mood.

But they eventually overcame their anxiety to claim a fine win, with Matt Yates leading the way with 25 points, Jacob Holt hitting 20 and Richard Higgins 10.

Leicester Warriors 57 Northants Thunder 62

THUNDER kept their chances of an end of season play-off place alive thanks to a narrow win in an interesting Under 16 Boys East Midlands Conference match.

Chris Amankonah led the Thunder scoring with an impressive 27 points.

Good support came from Josh Lloyd and Adam Lewandowski, with 13 and nine points respectively.

Northants Thunder 56 Worcester Bears 68

THUNDER faced undefeated Under 14 Boys East Midlands II Conference leaders Worcester Bears at the Basketball Centre last Saturday and were competitive for three of the four periods of play.

But in the second quarter they were blown away 28-11 and they never looked like making up the deficit.

Thunder were led in scoring by Kalonji Campbell with a season high of 29 points, while Cameron Leighton supported his team-mate with a respectable 12 points. 

Northants Lightning 66 Southend Swifts 61

LIGHTNING recorded their fourth win of the season in Under 14 Girls East Conference.

The win came thanks to an 8-zero run at the end of the game after Swifts had taken a 61-58 lead thanks to an 13-2 charge of their own at the start of the fourth quarter.

Lucy Needham top scored for Lightning with 20 points, while Sade Chambers and Poppy Barnett scored 12 and 10 points respectively.

Two teams from Northants Basketball Club competed in Northants Hoopsterz Central Venue action last weekend.

The Under-9s, coached by Curtis Noel, played four games, winning both contests against Duston but losing twice to Rattlers.

The Under-11s also played four games, losing to Titans and both Rattlers teams, but getting the better of Duston Hawks.

Coach Akilah Chambers was particularly pleased with the efforts of Caleb Ntumba and Benas Maldutis.

Northants BC Fixtures

Saturday, February 11: 11am: Junior Men versus Ilkeston Outlaws; 1pm: Senior Men versus Cardiff Met Archers (these games will be played at the Basketball Centre which is situated at Northampton School for Girls in Spinney Hill Road, Northampton); Under 14 Boys travel to Ilkeston Outlaws