FEB 01] COVENTRY CRUSADERS REPORT
Bruised Without Collins
of the Coventry Crusaders getting a win in this weekend’s
double-header looked good in the first half of Saturday’s
game, and steadily declined after that.
a slow start against Manchester Magic, the Crusaders led at the
end of the first quarter following strong play by Marvin
Harrison, good free throw play by Derrick Pope and support Manny
Sharland and Alvin Scott.
was tight by the end of the second quarter, 38-37 to the
Crusaders, and Magic stormed ahead in the second half of the
game as Coventry went into one of their lethargic bouts.
brief fight-back was inadequate as the opponents surged forward
again. Pope’s effort kept Coventry in the game, but the
support had evaporated.
Crusaders were down by 13 points at the beginning of the fourth
quarter their subdued supporters could only watch as the deficit
recruit Simon Lowe got on the court to make his debut, finding
his way into the side after a chance meeting with coach Dip
Donaldson in a chip shop, but it wasn’t the happiest of
occasions for him as his team collapsed to 63-84.
didn’t do a good job defensively, obviously, but we also
have to be able to put points on the board or it just isn’t
going to work.
was very pleased with the way our youngster Nicholas Pope came
in and played. He did everything just as well as I expected
was very disappointed with the result, but we just have to
keep on working to salvage what we can from the remainder of
Donaldson 2, Rhooms 3, Sharland 5, Girbal 8, Scott 8, Harrison
13, D. Pope 22
Lars-Bercial 6, St. Kitts 6, McKie 7, Gomez 11, Weedall 11,
Goodwin 12, Linsley 14, Troso 18
was to come last night when a long trip north ended with a
serious scalping by the Teesside Mohawks, who ran out 105-68
home team started as they meant to go on, scoring ten points
before the Crusaders had broken their duck, and by half time the
Coventry side were trailing by 22 points.
Harrison shot well throughout the game and scored 26 points. Dip
Donaldson played in the point guard position for most of the
game to try and control the game, but to no avail.
haven’t won without Matt Collins. We have to face the facts.
was scoring on average 25 points for us and creating a lot of
opportunities for other players.
not trying to undermine any of our players or put anyone down,
but we don’t have a replacement in any one player who can
make up that kind of slack.
to that, Dominic Davis has been missing this weekend. He was
scoring in double figures for us in the games leading up to
his most recent injury. It’s a big loss.
they return we may continue to struggle, but we will continue
to work hard and fight. We know what the problem is, but until
nature takes its course we have to do without the solution.”
Rhooms 2, Girbal 3, Sharland 6, Donaldson 8, Scott 8, Pope 15,
Stonebridge 3, Butler 6, Hopper 8, Camara 8, Ley 11, Swaine 11,
Tellakis 15, Jackson 17, Bucci 24