WARWICKSHIRE Bears got their season back on track with an impressive 84-35 win against the Coyotes.
With the Coyotes made up of women GB squad players and coached by the GB women’s coach Miles Thompson, this could have been a potential challenge for the Bears, but they were determined to put the recent disappointments behind them.
From the tip-off, Bears were on top and with a relentless defence, they gave the Coyotes a limited chance at the basket as well as taking advantage with a free-flowing offence, racking up a 21-8 lead.
The second quarter was a similar game to the first, with the Bears’ defence on top and they used it as a springboard to their attack to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
The Coyotes kept changing their line up to try and break down the Bears, and whilst getting some joy at the Bears’ basket, the score saw Bears lead 43-22 at half-time.
After the break, the Bears’ defence once again took charge, limiting the Coyotes to only one basket throughout the quarter but still keeping the scores ticking over to go further in front and virtually win the game, leaving the third quarter with the scores at 61-24.
With the game practically won, both teams used the last quarter to give opportunities to their bench to gain experience, but the Bears were always in command.
“I was so pleased with the display today,” said coach, Tom Masterson.
“Don’t be misled with the score as the Coyotes are a good team with so much talent and potential.
“It only goes to show how well we played. These girls are the next wave of GB players and the future looks really bright for our women’s international team.”
Bears’ second string made it a double with a 47-40 victory over Worcester Wolves in BWB Third Division South and West.