Bears’ fringe players make late bid for play-offs

Derek Hall shoots for Warwickshire Bears. Picture submitted

Derek Hall shoots for Warwickshire Bears. Picture submitted

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Warwickshire Bears clinched the British Wheelchair Basketball Division Two South title with a comprehensive 61-16 win at Blackhawks in their final match of the regular season.

With the league virtually wrapped up ahead of the game, it allowed coach Tom Masterson to run the rule over a number of fringe players ahead of the National Championship play-off weekend in Worcester.

Aimee Hillson, Rick Powell, Liz Grinnell and Andy Stow all produced impressive displays on their step up from Bears’ second string, with Hillson picking up two baskets, and Masterson said they had all staked a claim for the play-offs.

“What a good win and that has given me lots to think about,” said Masterson.

“It was an ideal chance for those players looking for a place in the squad that we will take to Worcester and many have made a great case for that.”

The Bears were in control from the tip-off and despite Invictus player Nerys Pearce representing Blackhawks, they were unable to make any inroads into the visitors’ impressive defence.

Bears won all four quarters convincingly, with Paul Colbourne (18 points), Derek Hall (12pts), Lee Powell (12pts) and Scott Webster (11pts) all hitting double figures.

Bears travel to Worcester for the play-offs on the weekend of June 4 and 5.

They are still looking for a sponsor for the team and new members, especially female and junior players.

Anyone interested can contact Bears at info@bearswbc.com or call 07946 518354.