SEP 00] COVENTRY CRUSADERS NEWS
Coventry Crusaders 102
Sutton Pumas 95
Coventry Crusaders comfortably won their last pre-season game of the
summer in a charity match at Coventry Sports Centre.
starting line-up was slightly different for this game, with Derrick
Pope and Alvin Scott inside, Adam Stevens, Manny Sharland and Matt
Collins playing outside.
team got off to a good start, dominating in all areas and ending the
first quarter with a 26-19 lead.
the second quarter, the pattern was similar, although Sutton started
pulling together better and would never let the Crusaders take the
Crusaders signing Matt Collins led the way in scoring at half time
with 14 points already on the scoreboard, hitting a three point shot
just before the break, and giving the Crusaders a lead at half time
the third and fourth quarters the Crusaders continued to hang onto
their poise, but the game became much closer and Sutton occasionally
took the lead for short periods of time.
Donnigan, Sutton’s new American point guard, did a lot of damage
with his shooting and passing skills, and set up team-mates Andy
Powlesland and Ebong Eka in scoring positions.
the job inside, as usual, for the Crusaders, was Pope, an unstoppable
force under the basket.
the speed and agility of Manny Sharland, Adam Stevens and former
Leicester Riders player, Dominic Davis, the Sutton Pumas left the back
court undefended too many times, and the Crusaders came out on top.
Scott did a good job for the team as well, pulling down critical
rebounds and scoring from just inside the key where he is most
were six players in double figures for Bupa Crusaders - a fact not
missed by Head Coach Dip Donaldson.
was pleased with the overall performances I saw during the game. It
is great to have so much balance among the players’ abilities,
with outside shooting and a powerful game inside.
wasn’t the same type of game we played against Quinnipiac
University - of course we aren’t going to see a team like that
again this season.
it showed me a lot about what individuals are capable of and how
they can be effective. It was a great practise game, and we will use
this coming week to make final preparations for next Saturday’s
first game of the new season.”
will be playing Inter Basket London (formerly known as Islington) on 9
September at the Coventry Sports Centre - tip off 7.30 pm.
tickets £4. For more information call 024 76 811 759.
Crusaders scorers: Pope 24, Collins 22, Stevens 17, Sharland 15, Davis
Pumas: Powlesland 27, Donnigan 23, Eka 18, Jones 13, Hopper 10, Lawes