FEB 01] COVENTRY CRUSADERS REPORT
Lose Two Nail-Biters
Crusaders suffered two dramatic last-second defeats at the hands
of Worthing Thunder this weekend as they slipped to fifth in the
tight game on Saturday saw Coventry miss out by a single point,
going down 77-78 at the Coventry Sports Centre.
Bupa Crusaders took the lead in the first two quarters, but
Worthing kept in touch, with Paul Mundy-Castle scoring a great
sequence of shots for the visitors.
a defensive first half the score was 36 apiece, and the third
quarter proved just as close as teams traded baskets.
the fourth quarter the lead went back and forth. Worthing
finally pulled ahead by four points with 31 seconds to play when
Crusaders’ Eduard Girbal was fouled while attempting a
the free throw line he sunk all three of the baskets to give his
team the chance of pulling off a comeback.
Girbal stole the ball from the Thunder and Marvin Harrison
scored, the supporters went wild as the Crusaders led 77-76.
just five seconds left on the clock, Worthing stole the ball and
scored from a controversial buzzer shot.
player of the game was Mundy-Castle, whose 36 points were the
sole reason that Worthing had anything to offer at all.
scorers: Rhooms 2, Donaldson 4, Sharland 8, Harrison 11, Davis
11, Girbal 18, D. Pope 23
scorers: Smith 2, McGee 6, Harriott 13, Moore 20, Mundy-Castle
following day Coventry travelled to Worthing to try and gain
revenge, but lost 82-79.
first quarter saw the Crusaders off to another good start. They
were able to contain Paul Mundy-Castle to just two points during
the first 10 minutes of play, and led 26 - 18 by the end of the
continued strong in the second quarter and maintained their
the third quarter the Thunder took a run at the Crusaders and
took the lead for the first time. Gaylon Moore and Cory McGee
both scored at will to give the home team a 59 – 57 advantage.
race was on, neck and neck, and with 17 seconds to go Marvin
Harrison went to the line. Crusaders were behind 78 - 79 at that point.
scored one out of two free throw attempts to tie the game. But
again the final seconds proved despairing, as McGee found space
and scored a three-pointer on the buzzer.
Dip Donaldson said:
was extremely disappointed because we have let ourselves down.
It is so frustrating to know that I’m not getting the best
out of all the players.
were those on the team who played extremely well tonight. In
fact, I think it the smartest game we’ve played all season.
are capitalising on the things we’ve learned, and certain
individuals are really stepping up.
what I want to concentrate on, because the fact that other
players are not contributing like they should is very
we can continue to learn and improve like we have in the past
couple of weeks, there’s still a lot of light at the end of
the tunnel for us.”
scorers: Sharland 4, Rhooms 7, Harrison 7, Donaldson 8, Scott 8,
Davis 13, Girbal 13, D. Pope 19
scorers: Smith 3, Sparrowhawk 3, Cheal 4, Harriott 7, McGee 18,
Mundy-Castle 20, Moore 25