JAN 01] COVENTRY CRUSADERS REPORT
Magic (51) 92
Coventry Crusaders (42) 68
Coventry Crusaders looked as if they had just eaten their
Christmas dinner as their New Year confidence evaporated with a
heavy defeat in Manchester.
losing Eduard Girbal in training to a back injury late in the
week, and still not having the services of Colin Rhooms due to
his ankle injury, and Manny Sharland who has yet to return from
holiday, the Crusaders were missing some skills that would have
helped on match night.
Dip Donaldson said:
team still believes in each other but we just need to sharpen
up on a few small points that will make the difference in road
games. The key area that hurt us throughout this game was 90
per cent in our minds.
is something that can be fixed. In the short term the
Christmas break was bad for our flow, but in the long run it
was good for the likes of Dominic Davis who has been injured
most of the season with a bad back."
led the Crusaders with 15 points on the night. Nick Pope played
very well hitting his first three pointer for the Crusaders in
his first season with the senior team.
half time the Crusaders were down by 9 points, but lack of
defensive intensity, slowness of pace, and lapses in
concentration all contributed to Manchester running away with
the quickness and intensity in which Rhooms, Girbal and Sharland
play were missed.
and Gomez did most of the scoring for the Magic with 21 and 24
Crusaders had five players with double figures, the figures were
far short of their opposition’s..
Davis 15, Collins 14, D Pope 13, Harrison 11, Scott 10,
Livingston 3, N. Pope 3
Gomez 24, Linsley 21, St. Kitts 14, Goodwin 11, Mulgrave
10, McKie 4, White 2, Lara-Bercial 2