OCT 00] COVENTRY CRUSADERS NEWS
Crusaders (54) 91
Kingston Wildcats (51) 94
Bupa Crusaders just missed out in this tight encounter in the
first of a two-leg National Trophy clash with the Division One
side from London.
Crusaders were off to a good start in the first quarter, Adam
Stevens was on fire and scored 11 points, closely followed by
Derrick Pope with 8 points.
quarter ended, however with Kingston close on the heels of the
Crusaders heels, 25-24.
second quarter was another close call, Crusaders pulling ahead,
with the Wildcats hanging on for dear life and never quite
letting the Crusaders out of their sight.
Crusader players were already in foul trouble by the half time
interval, but they managed to go out for the break with a three
the half time break the Wildcats came back to play with
increased intensity while the Crusaders seemed to lose some of
their edge and only managed to score ten points in ten minutes.
Wildcats scored freely on fast break opportunities and as they
penetrated the Crusader defence.
Whitaker and Jordan Ramagge did most of the damage for the
Wildcats, and Crusaders slipped to a ten point deficit by the
end of the third quarter.
fourth quarter was an example of pure basketball excitement.
At the start of the quarter the Crusaders were still not
defending well, although they did manage to put points in the
Wildcats continued their rampage, and led by as much as 17
points at one point.
Donaldson made some substitutions from his bench, and the quick
style defence of Dominic Davis, the steals and rebounding from
Eduard Girbal and Colin Rhooms’ efforts around the basket gave
the Crusaders just the motivation they needed to make a
the minutes ticked away the deficit decreased so that within the
last minute the Crusaders had cut the Wildcats lead to six
the dying seconds of the game Crusaders’ Stevens and Sharland
both managed a spectacular dunk apiece, and the game ended with
Crusaders losing by three, but the screaming supporters left
feeling they had watched a decent game of basketball after all.
the National Trophy game has made the match next weekend again
with Kingston even more crucial.
Crusaders now know they must win, and win by a margin of at
least four points.
Dip Donaldson said:
am delighted with our high score - that means we are not
having trouble putting the ball in the basket.
game was one of our highest scoring games. The problem is we
didn’t do the job needed on the defensive end of the floor.
opponents to score in the 90s is bad news for Crusader defence.
We have our work cut out for us this week. We have got
to stay focused and motivated.
We either win this next game or we are out of the
certainly not preparing for that to happen, and I believe the
squad of guys we have this season will rise to the challenge
and get the job done.”
for Crusaders: Girbal 2, Davis 5, Sharland 8, Rhooms 11, Collins
14, D.Pope 15, Stevens 36.
for Wildcats: Jones 7, Orelaja 7, Rich 8, Hoynton 13, Jeremiah
14, Ramagge 18, Whitaker 27.