NOV 00] COVENTRY CRUSADERS NEWS
Crusaders (30) 65
Plymouth Raiders (26) 69
Crusaders slipped to another home defeat as a rare playing
appearance by coach Dip Donaldson ending with his dismissal for
complete with a noisy set of their own fans, went top of the
table after this close match at Coventry Sports Centre.
defence marked the early period of play, with neither side
making much of a breakthrough. Crusaders ended the first quarter
two points down, with Derrick Pope getting eight of the team’s
second quarter saw the Crusaders step things up a notch and Pope
continued his domination inside, with some fine contributions by
Eduard Girbal and Alvin Scott.
the end of the first half Bupa Crusaders had taken the lead and
were ahead 30-26.
Cetnar, Plymouth's new signing from the USA who has dominated
the score sheet so far this season, was kept to a mere two
points in the first half by tough defence by Matt Collins, Dom
Davis and Girbal.
the third quarter the Crusaders loosened up a bit and relaxed
their stranglehold on the defensive end of the floor.
found his shooting form and launched five three-pointers in the
space of just a few minutes.
this scoring spree Plymouth went from 29 - 37 to lead 43 - 38.
Dip Donaldson, who was making a rare appearance in Crusader kit,
contributed four points during his on court appearance, but was
then involved in a pushing incident which saw him being ejected
from the game.
seemed to instil some life into his team-mates, and by the end
of the third quarter Crusaders were still in the contest, only
trailing by 3 at the interval.
into the fourth quarter the Crusaders were faced with a full
court press put on by the Raiders and a zone defence.
the Crusaders did not adapt quickly enough to the strategy, and
although they trailed by as much as eight, the Raiders could not
shake them off.
tenacity, the Crusaders continued to come back at the Raiders,
and in the last minute managed to creep within three points of
levelling the score.
ran out for the home side and the Raiders once again took the
spoils, leaving the Crusaders with their first defeat in the new
NBL Conference 65 - 69.
Pope was once again the backbone of the Crusaders and his play
has lifted the team over the last two games. This will be a key
to success for the Crusaders season.
Collins played his heart out and the injured point guard still
ended up with 13 points. Alvin Scott looks to be his old self
again with 9 points and a number of rebounds and some big
blocked shots to anchor the Crusaders defence.
the game Dip Donaldson said;
missed ten free throws and at least six lay-ups that would
have been a major plus if we had made them.
was pleased with the way the team played with all the heart
they had, we are still not at full strength, so we have room
to grow and get better.
are a very good team, and they hit some big time shots that we
couldn't match when it counted, but we will get better and
continue to learn as a young team."
Crusaders scorers: Rhooms 2, Donaldson 4, Girbal 5, Davis 6,
Scott 9, Collins 13, D. Pope 26
scorers: Love 2, Durham 4, Deng 4, Knechtel 9, Wellington 9,
Williams 17, Cetnar 24