Basketball Tournament in Bexhill East Sussex
Bexhill Giants Tournament Match Report.17th September 2003
Bexhill Giants basketball Club continued their pre season preparations by hosting the Bexhill Basketball Club U18 Invitational Cup on the 13th September at the Bexhill Leisure Centre, East Sussex. The teams talking part in the inaugural triangular tournament including hosts, the Giants, were Kingston Wildcats of the NBL and Sussex Youth League team Crawley Cagers.
The first match saw Kingston face Crawley and the experienced NBL side took the game to the Cagers with impressive point guard Adam Pearce and J Howard scoring freely to take a 29-18 half time lead. The second half saw the Cagers toughen up their defence restricting the Wildcats to force outside shots, the rebounds were easily picked up and the fast break points of Aubrey Dube and 3 pointers of A Mcgurk put the NBL side on the back foot the first time in the match. The sides traded baskets until the final whistle with the Wildcats winning 57-49.
The second match saw the host newly formed Bexhill Giants take on their Sussex League rivals also a new team Crawley Cagers. The Giants started with a flourish as Luke Hunt scored a couple of three pointers before the Cagers started their fast break game again with Tundai Nyandoro and B.Khera getting easy points. Giants point guard Josh Mulvey got into the 3 point act and drained a couple of long bombs which pleased the home spectators. The game went down to the wire with the Cagers leading 67-65 with 9 seconds remaining and an end line ball to the Giants, Giants Coach Eric Douglin had his game plan to get the final ball to his 3 point specialist but the Cagers read the script and played a tough defence with a forced shot going up and only hitting air and giving the game to Crawley 67-65.
The final game saw Bexhill Giants face the vastly experienced Kingston side needing to win by at least 12 points to take the title and this looked very unlikely as the Wildcats steamrollered the East Sussex side in the first five minutes to take a 17-2 lead. The Giants, who were obviously tired from the Crawley game and the half time score in favour of the Wildcats 33-11, did not bode well for the second half. But to their credit the Giants took the match to the Wildcats with Craig Douglin going coast to coast on numerous occasions through the Kingston defence. Both entertaining stuff, which pleased the crowed, and the Kingston side ran out winners 49-36, taking the title.
Bexhill Giants Coach Eric Douglin plans to make the tournament an annual event inviting more teams to take part, and continuing his plan in raising the profile of basketball in the Bexhill and Rother area.The Giants would like to thank Hartnell’s Hastings Steel Fabricators for supporting the event..
Kingston Wildcats 57- Crawley Cagers 49
Bexhill Giants 65- Crawley Cagers 67
Bexhill Giants 36 - Kingston Wildcats 49.
Winners:- Kingston Wildcats.