DEC 00] COVENTRY CRUSADERS REPORT
Basket London (40) 95
Crusaders (55) 103
spirit and another high-voltage performance from Matt Collins
earned the Crusaders an excellent away victory.
Bupa Crusaders travelled down to Inter-Basket London with the
moral support of injured player Colin Rhooms, who joined the
team on the road to provide encouragement.
Dip Donaldson said:
“For Rhooms to joins us on the road after having his plaster
removed on Thursday, was a bonus to us.
sure missed his contribution the week before, but to have him
around the team during the game was a positive sign of team
defence and reducing the number of turnovers provided the key to
the Crusaders’ success as they moved to ten points.
are now fourth in the NBL table, but equal on points with
Worthing Thunder and Teesside Mohawks.
knew this team would come back to prove a point to ourselves and
to cup finalists Inter-Basket that we are a good team and one
that will be competing for honours at the end of the season.
felt going down to London, that our teams was focused and ready
to finish the first half of the season on a high.
moved the ball well, making the extra pass and finding the open
man nearly every time. It was a great team effort.”
team started with a bang, with captain Derrick Pope hitting
three big 3 pointers in the first quarter and ending the quarter
leading all scorers with 13 points.
shooting set the stage to what was to come - a brilliant game
for the spectators. By half time Pope had scored 16 points,
matching totals with home team favourite Rodney Alexander, but
the Crusaders led by 15 points at the break.
the second and third quarters Marvin Harrison went to work,
playing an all-round solid game and ending with 24 points.
also had great support from Eduard Girbal with 12, Alvin Scott
with 8 and the “super subs”, Dominic Davis and Marvin
Livingston with 6 and 5 points respectively.
the end of the third quarter and the whole of the fourth quarter
belonged to Matt Collins.
team mates executed the plays he set up to perfection and he
responded with three 3 pointers which broke the back of
Inter-Basket. Collins was on fire, and showed why he is one of
the best English guards in the country.
his last four games he has scored 25, 20, 30 and 29 points, and
Donaldons thinks he should be a candidate for the England team.
hope the England Coach is taking notes on Collins and the way he
can play the game.
he keeps up this pace I will be calling the national team coach
personally and referring Collins as a great candidate for
He deserves a shot at that level.
I know - I used to play and coach at that level.”
scorers: Livingston 5, Davis 6, Scott 8, Girbal 12, D Pope 20,
Harrison 23, Collins 29.
scorers: McCarthy 2, Ebanja 4, Olufeso 5, Batima 13, Lettieri
13, Durant 15, Smart 18, Alexander 22.
Quality Cats suffered another hammering, going down 53-90 to
Spelthorne in NBL Women Division One. They still only have one
win in the league this season.