Bears secure the title and a place in the Nationals

Warwickshire Bears celebrate their most valuable player at Hackney, Richard Daffern. Picture submitted
Warwickshire Bears celebrate their most valuable player at Hackney, Richard Daffern. Picture submitted

Warwickshire Bears cruised to the Third Division Central title with a 80-17 success at Hackney Sparrows, in turn guaranteeing their place in the National Play-offs.

Bears travelled to London knowing a win would secure promotion and an intense defensive display limited the home side to a single basket in the opening quarter as they opened up a 20-2 lead.

With a strong bench, Bears were able to constantly freshen up their line-up, maintaining their 18-point advantage going into half-time.

Bears continued to capitalise on Sparrows errors in the third quarter, which closed with them 50-16 up and with one hand on their championship.

Despite their healthy lead, the visitors, remained resolute to lay a marker down for the upcoming play-offs, something which pleased coach Tom Masterson.

“I’m really pleased for the players and so proud of the whole squad,” said Masterson.

“Although all the team were magnificent today, I have to make a special mention to the team’s MVP Richard Daffern, who led from the start and galvanised such a strong display by the team.”

The Bears are in play-off action at Worcester Arena on the weekend of May 30 and 31.