BASKETBALL: Super Tegan leads the way for Titans

Action from the Titans girls' win over Northants Lightning
Action from the Titans girls' win over Northants Lightning

NEBC Titans girls claimed the local bragging rights after recording a 74-62 Under 14 Girls East Conference win over Northants Lightning.

The game was a tight affair for three of the four periods, but Lightning losing the second quarter 21-8 proved crucial.

Lightning’s scoring was led by Dina Kosnikovskis who netted 31 points and Lucy Needham landed 15.

For a delighted Titans team, Tegan Opongntim-Millar led the way with an incredible 43 points while Emma Wickham scored 18.

Men’s Division Three North

Sussex Bears 81 Northants Thunder 59

THUNDER suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Sussex Bears.

They were 19-8 down by the end of the first quarter, and at half-time they trailed 44-23.

The third quarter was an improvement, but Thunder still lost it 21-15. But they did win the fourth 21-16.

The scoring was led by Matt Yates with 18 points, good support coming from Jacob Holt and Adam Thomas with nine and eight points respectively.

Junior Men’s East Midlands Conference

West Bromwich Albion 71 Northants Thunder 48

A combination of non-availability and injuries meant Thunder travelled seriously short-handed, and they paid the price with this defeat.

At half-time the home side were 35-17 clear, and although Thunder improved after the break they couldn’t make any headway into West Brom’s lead.

David Nieva, Mykolas Klimavisius, Ayo Oluyede and Ed Wallhead all scored in double figures.

Northants BC fixtures

Saturday, February 25

9.30-11am: Junior Ballers; 11.30am: Under 14 Boys v City of Birmingham; 1.30pm Under 16 Boys v Leicester Dynamite; 3.30pm: Junior Men versus Nottingham Hoods

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 Senior Men travel to Southwark Pride; Under 14 Girls travel to Ipswich Bobcats; Under 16 Boys Central Venue League

Sunday, February 26

Under 16 Boys travel to Notts Nova



Leicester Warriors 48 NEBC Titans 59

Titans travelled to Leicester for their second match of 2017, having played poorly against Coventry the week before,

The focus on defence in training proved fruitful as Warriors were limited to eight points in the first quarter and Titans scored 14. More of the same in the second quarter gave Titans a 23-18 half-time lead.

The hosts fought back to square the game at 40-40, but Titans dug deep and took control to pull away and record a well-deserved 59-48 win.

U14 Boys Midlands Conference League

NEBC Titans 73 Worcester Bears 71

Titans fought a tense battle to come out on top against previously unbeaten Worcester Bears.

Titans were trailing by six points going into the second quarter, however a stellar performance enabled them to quickly close the gap, aided by a superb drive from Sean Rawlins to gain the lead with less than two seconds to go in the first half.

Titans were 10 points clear entering the final quarter, but Bears came back and levelled in the final 12 seconds of the game, but free throws from 
both Isaac Round and Will Oelrich saw Titans pinch the win.

Round was top scorer with 37 points while Ben Hooper netted 17.

U16 Boys North Premier

NEBC Titans 71 Cheshire Wire 91

The third quarter of this game proved to be the Titans’ undoing in what was otherwise a close encounter.

Sam Grant was top scorer with 21 points, with Ben Nailer scoring 19 and Taiwo Hamilton 12.

Titans fixtures

(All games at Weavers Leisure Centre)

Saturday: 12 noon U16 Girls and 2.00pm U14 Boys

Sunday: .30pm U16 Boys and 3.30pm Div 2 Women