SEP 00] COVENTRY CRUSADERS REPORT
Basket London (50) 93
Coventry Crusaders (36) 80
a recent league victory against Inter Basket, a sluggish Crusaders
performance meant they lost the initiative in the first leg of this
National Trophy tie.
Alexander, a major Inter threat, proved to be too much of a handful as
he netted 23 points.
Crusaders coach Dip Donaldson knew that Alexander would contribute in
a major way to I-B’s play, but hadn’t expected the Crusaders to
come out so flat.
were a step slower than their opponents, defensively, as I-B drove to
the basket relentlessly.
team defence was very poor and that is something that Donaldson will
make a major focus in training this week.
defensive reaction and positioning as a unit was poor which resulted
in individuals picking up unnecessary fouls.
Sands (right) fouled out and was not able to make a significant
impact on the team, although he did finish up with 10 points.
Scott picked up three early fouls in the first half but was still
able to continue to play on last year’s All Star pace, finishing
with 12 points.
hindsight I should have put Scott on Alexander like I had originally
planned, but an injury to Derrick’s calf muscle during training
this week kept him out of the starting line-up and changes were made
Stevens (right) played with four fouls and wasn’t able to play as
aggressively as I would have liked.
will also be working on being more aggressive - without the fouls as
we train this week.”
the National Trophy Cup this season, the top two teams will go through
from each pool, so Crusaders have another chance to beat I-B by more
than 13 points when they come to Coventry in a couple weeks time.
the second half Crusaders outscored I-B 44-43, but with the 14 points
deficit at half time to make up, and playing away from home it became
too much of a hill to climb.
highlight was Manny Sharland, who did another great job on defence,
keeping captain Mike Redd of I-B to 13 points. He contributed well on
said there were a lot of lessons to be learned:
were 0 for 10 from the 3 point line, didn’t rebound well, and
didn’t play aggressive team defence, all which comes from players
just thinking it would happen instead of making it happen.
was a good learning curve, how to play on the road, and how to face
a team you’ve beat badly.
sure we will be back on form by the time they come back to Coventry
in the return match of the trophy."
scorers: Stevens 21, Pope 12, Scott 12, Sands 10, Sharland 9, Collins
8, Davis 5, Livingston 3
weekend's clash - when Manchester comes to town, will feel like a top
of the league battle, even though the season runs until May.
won their first league game by 24 points which almost equalled
Crusaders’ first league win by 27 points.