Kieran Baldwin reports on a thrilling basketball game at the CopperBox…
London Titans defeated Leicester Cobras 57-33 at the Copperbox arena in what proved to be a memorable performance from Chris Weeks, as he scored 32 of the Titans 57 points.
The 1st quarter was tightly contested as both side took their chances but, also missed good opportunities. The Titans had to work hard for the lead but by the end of the quarter they led 15-12.
In second quarter the Titans began to pull away from the Cobras. Their great defence limited them to just 2 points. This allowed the Titans to increase their lead further as the half came to a close with the London side leading 30-14.
With a comfortable lead heading into the 3rd quarter, Titans coach Jaspal Dhani decided to take off his leading scorer Weeks, shortly followed by Blyth and Robinson. Despite this the Titans managed to maintain their 16 point lead heading into the final quarter.
The Titans dominance continued in the fourth quarter and they began to extend their lead against the tired looking Leicester side. The Cobras managed to put 11 points on the board to take their score to 33. However the Titans put in a solid performance in the final quarter to put the game out of sight and seal their victory, 57-33.
The Titans all contributed to the fine performance with Jacob Robinson and Harry Blyth scoring ten and nine points respectively. Liam Baskett and Siobhan Fitzpatrick chipped in with the remaining six points between them.
Speaking after the game, Titans captain Robinson still wasn’t completely satisfied with the win.
“Today wasn’t as good as it could have been, we could have played a lot better and had twice as many points”
The team is still relatively new and Robinson believes they have a way to go to develop a winning chemistry: “We are a fairly new team so the understanding how we all play could be key.”
Robinson believes his side can and will continue to progress throughout the season – If they played ‘poorly’ this week, surely there are exciting times ahead.