JAN 01] COVENTRY CRUSADERS REPORT
Crusaders (33) 79
Plymouth Raiders (42) 99
Crusaders were outplayed by the league leaders as they suffered
a disappointing home defeat.
first quarter was close, with the teams trading baskets and
ending the quarter 19-21. Marvin Harrison scored 11 points for
game then started to slip away from Coventry. Plymouth’s
centre Terrence Durham found form, going inside and dunking the
ball on several occasions at get to 15 points by half time as
the Raiders pulled away.
soon as the Crusaders started to get back into the game, and cut
the deficit, the Raiders would regain their control and press
third quarter ended with Raiders having increased their lead to
17 points, and the supporters wondering how late the Crusaders
would leave it to make a comeback.
got worse for the side in the fourth quarter when starting point
guard Matt Collins went down with an ankle injury which kept him
from returning to the floor.
had been containing the Raiders American Todd Cetnar very well
defensively. He was replaced by Eduard Girbal, who was returning
from a back injury.
a number of steals and fast break he made a good impression,
scoring all his 12 points in the second half.
bright spot for Crusaders supporters was seeing Harrison
continue his first quarter form with a good solid performance.
Dip Donaldson started a game for the first time in 18 months
because of the absence of Alvin Scott with flu.
end result was a 20 point win for Plymouth. Crusaders came
within 12 points of catching them in the run-up to the final
buzzer, but the result belonged to the Raiders once again.
this stage in the season they are the best team in the league,
and their record shows it.
need to improve in a few areas in order to compete with them
over a full match, but our team is still in fourth place and
we feel good about the improvements we are making each week.
know what needs to be done, and work will begin this week at
training to correct a few things.”
Crusaders next home game will be against Worthing Thunder on 10
February. This weekend is a bye week and valuable time for
Collins to recover from his ankle injury.
scorers: Sharland 4, Livingston 7, Donaldson 8, Collins 11,
Girbal 12, D. Pope 14, Harrison 22
scorers: Deng 2, Burchell 4, Hayes 6, Knechtel 10, Wellington
13, Williams 16, Cetnar 18, Durham 30