Ice cool McLean seals nail-biting win for Bears

Hoop dreams: Becky Taylor gets some air for Bromsgrove Bears girls under-16s. Picture: CRAIG ROSS

Hoop dreams: Becky Taylor gets some air for Bromsgrove Bears girls under-16s. Picture: CRAIG ROSS

First published in Sport

BROMSGROVE Bears men’s team continued their surge up the National League Midlands Division Four on Saturday as they edged out Leicester Warriors seconds 62-61.

Their third league win of the season has lifted the men to fourth in the table and marked an impressive turnaround in fortunes.

The Bears have bounced back from two defeats at the start of the season to win three of the last four.

Saturday’s nail-biting victory was sealed by Adrian McLean’s ice cool display from the free throw line at the death.

The start of the game saw Warriors lead early on with the Bears chasing their tail.

Going into the second half, the hosts were down slightly, and went into the locker room for a much needed team talk with coach Simon Fisher.

They came out stronger and out-scored Leicester in the third quarter to take the lead for the first time in the match.

A frenetic fourth period saw both teams take the lead but with 2.3 seconds of the game left, Bromsgrove were handed a chance to win the match when McLean was fouled.

With the home side a point behind, McLean put both throws away to record a memorable win.

Meanwhile, the under-16s girls hit top gear in the NL as they hammered Reading Rockets 88-21 at South Bromsgrove High School on Saturday.

From the off, the Bears dominated and scored 20 points in the first quarter and denied Reading any baskets.

Going into the half, the girls were already 40 points up with Rockets only managing nine.

Holly Phipps was on fire scoring hoop after hoop, with Shanice Turner, Becky Taylor and Vicki McGachie also on target.

Zaina Mistry and Cara Sheppard also contributed for the Bears as they recorded their biggest win of the campaign.

The under-15s boys came up against a very strong Notts Nova team and lost 129-31.

They started well with some lovely long range shots taken but the Bears could not hold off Nova when they started to play full court defence, with the away side stealing the ball and scoring well off the fast breaks.

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