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
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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.