JAN 01] COVENTRY CRUSADERS REPORT
Crusaders (56) 102
Sutton Pumas (38) 98
basketball teams got some much needed cheer at the weekend, with
the Crusaders and the Quality Cats recording home victories.
Quality Cats registered their second league win with a 73-58
victory in the relegation dogfight with the St Albans Saints.
Crusaders again faced a tense finish as the lead switched as
both teams took it into turns to surge forwards.
first quarter was a tight affair with the teams trading baskets.
Laws from Sutton was the hottest shooter as he had
chalked up 12 points in the opening ten minutes of play to give
the Pumas a 24-22 edge.
the second quarter the Crusaders turned their offence up a
notch, letting Marvin Livingston loose.
continued his first quarter shooting by adding two more three
pointers to his total, and combined with Matt Collins and
Derrick Pope who were scoring at will against the Pumas’
had netted 20 points by half time and the screaming hometown
supporters had the feeling they could be on the verge of
watching a massacre.
the team lost the momentum at half time, and the 56-38 lead
quickly started to evaporate.
was on fire again, adding another ten points in the quarter.
Sutton also used 6ft 10ins James Cook well, and he quickly
scored 14 points.
the end of the third quarter the Pumas had stolen the
initiative, leading 76-75.
teams dug their heels in for the final sessions, as each could
sense victory was in their grasp.
Pumas led for the first six minutes of the quarter but un the
closing minutes the lead switched hands a number of times. The
game was in the balance at 96 apiece with 41 seconds left to
Pumas missed a chance to go ahead with two missed free throws
the Crusaders took control.
teams both went to the line, stopping the clock over and over
again in an effort to regain control, as the seconds continued
to tick by.
the final buzzer the home town Crusaders and their delirious
supporters celebrated their first home win of 2001.
head coach Dip Donaldson
great crowd support, the special music from the Nexus College
band, Alvin Scott’s early blocked shots and the good lead we
had at the start, all contributed to setting the tone of the
the end we made the right moves and set up the right plays to
pull off the win.
Collins, Pope and Harrison all score in high double figures it
sets the table for the rest of the team.
one or more players comes off the bench and scores well for us
on top of that it just lifts the team so much. Tonight that
was Livingston. He
hit 13 points for us.
Manny Sharland and Colin Rhooms back was a bonus as they
alternately came in with their quick defensive pressure.
Nicholas Pope was also steady on the floor when he came in to
run the point for us.
top of that Scott played well, blocking shots and rebounding.
It was a good overall performance by our side and I am
happy with the win.”
Rhooms 2, Davis 4, Scott 7, Livingston 13, Harrison 20, D. Pope
21, Collins 35
Williams 2, Jones 2, Lloyd 10, Powlesland 10, Cook 14, Bristol
16, Hopper 18, Laws 26