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The Kings went into war this past Sunday when they took on a CWBA 3rd team at St. Barts School in Newbury, A game where every quarter felt like a miniature Battle and straight from the start where Tip off was won by CWBA and they applied the pressure on Kings right from the start of the match. They had traveled down from Coventry and did not want to go home without the big win. A Kings defensive struggled and an offence which just couldn't find the net sums up a first quarter with CWBA leading 11 to 2.
A change in the line-up for kings and a jiggle of tactics saw them come back to the floor for a counter-attack which saw them dominate the second quarter to produce a reverse of the first quarter scores with Reece Barker on fire adding points to their tally, whilst the team denied CWBA the opportunity to add to theirs. Nick Gorse returning to Division 3 action for the first time this season, returned in style to score the last basket of the quarter as the teams headed to the bench for half time with the scores tied at 13 each.
The 3rd quarter was almost end to end with both teams shots not dropping as much as in the first half, both team taking the battle seriously, not wanting the other team to take any advantage. A real nail-biting quarter which saw both defenses working extremely hard. Ryan Jones, Greg Rose and Reece Barker adding to the team score to end the quarter with a 2 point ball game - Kings 19 to CWBA 21 .
Final score - Kings 28 CWBA 3rd 25 in a very close game between both teams who next meet in March.
The Kings show huge improvement after a narrow 8 point defeat 43-35 on Saturday, improving from last season's whitewash which saw them suffer a 60-21 defeat against Plymouth Storm.
In a hard fought and at times scrappy game which saw a Kings defense who were able to counteract the powerful Storm offence.
The game began strongly for the Kings who opened the scoring with Reece Baker winning tip and getting the first basket which started a small run for the Kings who then scored 6 points before Storm scored from the free throw line, The Kings continued to dominate the first quarter and lead at the break 10-7.
Storm fought back in the 2nd quarter determined to get the win after their long journey, as they put the pressure on in defense., Storm slowly ate away at the Kings lead, picking up important free throws from shooting fouls in the process. Storm took the advantage 19-14 at Half Time
The 3rd quarter score both teams score 12 points, with coach Grant Barker scoring his first basket of the season within a minute of being subbed on. Storm started the quarter with an 8 points run, before Captain Wayne Burton scored and broke their winning streak, this lead to a period of calm leading to Kings adding 8 points unanswered with Joe Humphreys, Ryan Jones, and Reece Barker finding the net There was just 5 points in it as the quarter ended with Kings on 26 and Storm on 31.
Sunday also saw an exhibition game against the Cardiff Met Archers, featuring the Kings division 4 and members of the Junior teams in action - many in their first game experience for the club, In a real end to end game which ended 46-40 to Archers.
This year, Kings have expanded the team offering to include a all new Division 4 team which will feature some of our up-and-coming stars - this year British Wheelchair Basketball Division 4 format follows an all new group format consisting of 7 groups with 3 teams per group.
Kings have been allocated to Group C, alongside Swindon Shock and SportAble Rockets
Fixture dates will be confirmed shortly
With both teams looking for their first win of the season this promised to be a well contested match. Kings opened the scoring through Peter Rapley who added another four points to the total before Harriers got their scoring underway but another four points through Wayne Burton and Joe Humphreys saw out a kings 10-2 first quarter lead.
A slow second quarter from the Kings saw a little fight back from the Harriers 2 team who won the quarter 9 points to 8, which included Harriers scoring five unanswered points including a three point shot, but with the second half to come there was still everything to play for! The half ended Kings 18-11 Harriers 2.
With the win still there for the taking both teams came out very positive. Harriers 2 got the first two points of the quarter but after that Kings really did start playing as well as everyone knew they could. The Kings went on a 18-2 run which saw Simmonds and Humphreys adding four and Rapley an impressive twelve for the quarter. The quarter ended 34-17 with Kings firmly in control heading in to the fourth.
Kings kicked of their season with an away trip to Warwickshire Bears 2 in the Division 3 South and West. The game saw Vickie and Greg making their competitive debut for the Kings.
Kings won tip off, however bears were first to score. Peter got the scoring under-way for the Kings followed by a great first quarter of end to end basketball with Reece and Joe adding to the point tally. Vickie scored her first points of the game to draw the score 10 all. The first quarter finished 14 - 12 to Bears.
A tough second quarter saw Bears pull away as the Kings shots just did not want to drop into the net. The Kings were further troubled due to one of their players needing first aid attention due to a head injury after falling out. As the teams went to the bench for half time the score was Bears 29 Kings 16.
Captain Wayne lead the team back out onto the court determined to keep up the pace and narrow the gap between Kings and Bears. Kings were defending well and Bears only managed to score 4 points in the whole 3rd quarter and missed several key free throws. Joe added to teams tally after sub staining an injury before the half time buzzer with 3 points, Kings almost breaking even with the scoring in this quarter.
With the Final score of Kings 29 - Bears 45, Kings produced a better opening day result then they did last season and showed great promise for the season ahead.
As the new season fast approaches, we ask everyone, from players, club members, family members, friends right through to local groups and organisations to help show us your support for the Thames Valley Kings Wheelchair Basketball Club this season by using the #KingsArmy hashtag!!
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