NOV 00] COVENTRY CRUSADERS NEWS
Kingston Wildcats (46) 88
Crusaders (42) 84
Crusaders could not do enough to turn over the Kingston Wildcats
despite a sterling effort by captain Derrick Pope.
Crusaders are now out of the National Trophy Cup after losing
twice to Kingston. They had to win this away fixture by four
points to get through, but were squeezed out in a tough
the game Crusaders Coach Dip Donaldson said:
just didn’t play smart in the two games against Kingston,
losing twice has made me look at the way I have been coaching
this team, and I am not happy with our production. I will look
to change things around this week.”
Bupa Crusaders came out firing and the defensive style of play
was strong in the early part of the game, but the Wildcats
weathered the storm.
one stage the Crusaders were in the lead by seven points and
didn’t fall behind by more than seven points in a display
better than the previous week, when the team trailed by as much
at 17 points before rallying.
played some good ball in the second half, but as soon as we
made some good plays we would turn the ball over with bad
passes, poor defensive position and missed lay-ups.
missed at least five easy baskets during the second half that
we normally make, and that cost us the game.”
Crusaders can be pleased with the effort of Coventry University
student Eduard Girbal from Spain, who scored 11 points and
played very good defence.
has earned more playing time each week since he signed for the
Crusaders a few weeks ago.
Eduard Girbal, Dominic Davis and Colin Rhooms all starting to
find their way within the team, the Crusaders look to have a
good strong rotation of players that will pay dividends in the
think this week of training will be good for those three
players as they begin to set forward and take on a bigger
Pope, Matt Collins followed up the scoring with 19 points,
despite playing with a bad ankle, and Dominic Davis had ten
points in his first time as a starter this season.
we are heading in the right direction. Our team played better
defence but still not as good as I would like. We turned the
ball over fewer times this week too.
hate to lose but we seem to grow and learn more as a team each
time we play together, and that is part of the big picture.”
Crusaders are still in first place in the NBL Conference and
this weekend’s game against Plymouth is expected to be the
biggest home game of the season.
will be at 7.30pm and the game will be preceded by a
Warwickshire netball game at 5.00pm.
scorers: D. Pope 30, Collins 19, Girbal 11, Davis 10, Sharland
6, Scott 6, Rhooms 4, Donaldson 3.
scorers: Whitaker 23, Ramagge 18, Routledge 13, Poynton 11, Rich
8, Jeremiah 6, Jones 5, Orelaja 5, Durrant 2.