OCT 00] COVENTRY CRUSADERS NEWS
Inter Basket London 92
rather flat Coventry Bupa Crusaders lost their second
consecutive encounter with Inter-Basket in the National Trophy
means they will have to beat Kingston twice in order to progress
to the next round of the tournament.
started out scoring extremely well in the first quarter, were a
step slow defensively, allowing Inter Basket to drive
relentlessly into the heart of the Crusaders defensive zone.
Pope had 17 points by half time and the score was tied up 46
Dip Donaldson said:
thought we did well executing the ball to our big front line -
Derrick, Alvin Scott and Adam Stevens, but I thought it was
poor effort on our part, allowing Inter-Basket to score 46
points by half time - a definite defensive lapse on our
came out in the third quarter and gave the Crusaders a good old
basketball whipping, showing their determination, penetration
and execution and generally outscoring the Crusader 34-19.
the Crusaders starters were then benched by Donaldson as he made
a wholesale change to show his disappointment.
bench players came into the game ready to prove a point to the
coach, and showed what hard work and determination can produce.
Dom Davis (15 points) and Colin Rhooms (12 points) led the way.
despite their hustle and efforts Crusaders continued to lag, by
as much as 23 points at one stage of the quarter.
the start of the fourth quarter Inter-Basket were held to just
two points in a six-minute rampage by Crusaders.
supporters and coaching staff were finally shown what kind of
heart and determination the Bupa Crusaders should be playing
the chance to be back on court again, the starters
re-established their authority on the floor, although winning
from that much of a deficit was always going to be a very
up 90 points is definitely a direct example of how bad our
defence was tonight. Defensively we were very flat, and our ball movement on offence was
poor. We will be working on both of those aspects in training
and Colin poured their hearts into their game and showed me a
lot. We did achieve some of our goals.
shut Rodney Alexander down to just 4 points. Redd, on the
other hand was given much too much freedom and outdid himself
with 25 points.
next challenge is to finish second in our National Trophy
pool. We will have to beat Kingston twice in order to finish
league play we are undefeated so far, but next weekend we will
come face to face with the only other team in the Conference
who is unbeaten, so we have our work cut out for us this week
as we prepare to play away to Sutton.”
for Crusaders: Pope 19, Davis 15, Stevens 14, Rhooms 12, Collins
10, Sharland 6, Scott 3, Girbal 2
for Inter Basket: Redd 25, Smart 16, Durant 14, Batimba 10,
Bailey 9, McCarthy 6, Alexander 4, Olufeso 4, Ebanja 3, Lettieri