Last Friday Basketball England, the governing body of basketball postponed the National league programme for at least two weeks. They also advised clubs to suspend all practices and activities until to current coronavirus crisis has passed.
The Northants Basketball Club has heeded this advice and cancelled all games, practices and activities until further notice.
THIS WEEKEND’S ACTION On the recommendation of Basketball England all games, practices and activities have been cancelled or postponed until further notice because of coronavirus outbreak
For further information contact John Collins on 07801 533 15
Impressive double for Cadet Boys
With a total of 12 games over the two days this was the busiest weekend of the 2019 / ’20 season. It is a testament to the strength of the Club that all teams went on court with a full compliment of players and all 12 teams were supervised by a fully qualified coach and many of the teams also had a team manager in attendance. Download Press Release #26
No unlucky thirteen for Under 14 Girls
A stunning first half performance by Lightning virtually put the result of this South Conference game beyond doubt as the home team charged into a 42-16 lead. During those two periods of play Southend found it difficult to cope with Lightning’s aggressive defence and fast break offences orchestrated by Latisha Betsy and Athena Thompson. In those two periods ten Lightning players made scoring contributions with Mia Gajaga particularly catching the eye. Download Press Release #25
Junior Women get back to winning ways with an emphatic victory over Haringey
Northants Lightning junior women got back to winning ways with a comfortable win over an athletic Haringey Angles team. Haringey were once a major force in girls basketball but are no longer the force they were but Coach Emma Salisbury pronounced herself proud of her team’s efforts after some recent disappointing performances Download Press Release #24
Great double win for Under 12 Girls
For their first games of the season yes, in February, Northants Lightning under 12 girls had to brave Storm Dennis as well as two of the strongest female clubs in the country; Ipswich Bobcats and Reading Rockets. Indeed, these were the two clubs that had contested the National Under 18 Cup the previous week, so this would be a real baptism of fire. Download Press Release #23
Great second half defensive display sees Under 16 Boys home against Trailblazers
The Northants Thunder Under 16 Boys battled through the wind and rain to Noel Baker School in Derby to find a very different Trailblazers team from the one they had comfortably beaten just before Christmas.
Thunder made a breath-taking start to the game with Dylan Dominici and Ashley Kitchen shooting the preverbal lights out as they drained eight perimeter shots between them against Trailblazers static zone defence. Thanks to the efforts of this pair Thunder had taken a 22-10 lead after the first period of play. :: Download the Press Release #22::
Northants Basketball Club Updates Fixture wise it was a blank weekend for the Northants Basketball Club but there was a lot of activity off the court
National League players receive tee-shirts
Thanks to the generous sponsorship from three local firms players from all eleven national league teams have been given tee-shirts for off-court wear. The three sponsors are: Flame Fast Fire Systems, Tres Angelos Tapas Bar and Water Wizards Swim School.
Under 16 Girls hold on to beat County Upper Northants Lightning under 16 girls looked to continue their winning run when they welcomed County Upper Wolves to their home court at Northampton School for Girls. This was the first meeting of the season between the two teams, with both having suffered just two defeats in the current campaign.
Neither side could establish an advantage in the opening quarter, with a late three-point shot from Northants captain Dina Kosnikovska giving her team a 13-12 lead. :: Download the Press Release #20::
Poor final period sees Junior Women slip to defeat against Hounslow Hawks The Northants junior women slipped to their second defeat of 2020 going down to a narrow loss against top of the Conference, Hounslow Hawks and will be reflecting that they could easily have won the game. Going into the fourth period of play “Lightning” held a narrow 42-40 lead and looked well set to record a win but some sloppy defending saw Hawks go on two surges to take a 58- 47 lead and try as they might the Northants girls couldn’t make up the deficit finally slipping to an eight point defeat.
Disappointing Junior Women lose heavily to Trailblazers The Northants junior women slipped to a disappointing defeat against a talented Trailblazers team in their first game of the new year. The loss was all the more disappointing because at times Lightning showed they were capable of being competitive against their East Midlands rivals. This was particularly true of the first six minutes of the third period of play saw them outscore Trailblazers 13-5 with their opponents troubled to penetrate Lightning’s zone defence
The Northants Basketball Club is starting 2020 with a venture designed to bring new players into the sport. The club has received accreditation to extend their catchment area, with Parker E-Act Academy in Daventry becoming a satellite club for the Northampton-based club
Last Saturday National League Basketball took a back seat as the Northants club staged a tournament for under 11 boys. The Club has a large number of players of this age so were able to enter three teams with Coventry Tornadoes and two teams from Milton Keynes Scorpions providing the three other team
After a tortuous journey through London, Lightning were confronted by a 6 feet 5 inch player suited up to play for Lewisham. Sitting in a zone defence with their ‘giant’ waiting for any player who dared to penetrate into her territory Thunder were a tough proposition for the Lightning players. They were forced to shot from the perimeter and shot poorly managing just 19 points in the first half while their opponents managed 37.
For 20 minutes Thunder put on a clinic of running basketball and intense defence which saw them leading by 63 points to 31 at half time with Ashley Kitchen scoring 22 of Thunder’s points while Tom Cole had drained three, three-pointers. At half time the team was urged to maintain their intensity but after three back-to-back scores for Tom Greenfield, Thunder allowed their opponents to go on an 11-2 run as the home team’s play became strewed with errors.
Under 16 Girls complete local derby double in a thriller Eight days after meeting in Wellingborough, the Under 16 teams of Lightning and Titans clashed horns again at the Basketball Centre last Sunday, in front of an enthusiastic crowd. That crowd wasn’t disappointed as the two teams produced a nail-biting thriller which was just edged by Lighting. :: Download the Press Release #13::
Under 16 Girls win local derby Northants Lightning under 16 girls made the short trip to Wellingborough looking to build on the two victories in their most recent games, to meet Northamptonshire Titans who sat in 2nd place in the division, with three wins from their four games played. :: Download the Press Release #12::
Junior Women hold on to beat Eagles. The Northants Lightning Under 18 girls travelled to Abingdon Eagles last Saturday and returned with a four point win after a low scoring encounter :: Download the Press Release #11::
Wonderful weekend for the girls Three girls’ teams from the Northants club were in action over the weekend with the Under 16’s playing back to back games and all four games ended in wins for the Lightning teams. :: Download the Press Release #10::
Cadet Boys are too strong for Trailblazers second string
The Northants Cadet Boys picked up their third win of the season with a dominant performance against the Derby Trailblazers second team. :: Download the Press Release #9::
Northants Basketball Club announces sponsorship deals
The Northants Basketball Club has secured three sponsorship agreements which will allow the Club to purchase new kits for the Under 12 Boys and Girls teams as well as off-court tee-shirts for all national league players. The logos of the three sponsoring companies will be displayed prominently on the player’s garments :: Download the Press Release #8 ::
Thunder Storm under 16 boys learn a lot from their first tournament
Many of the boys who travelled to Southend last Saturday, were experiencing their first competitive basketball and in the first quarter this certainly showed as the home team stormed into a 10-2 lead. :: Download the Press Release #7 ::
Stunning second half gives Cadet Boys victory over “Warriors II”
After establishing a 42-22 lead with two minutes of the second period remaining “Thunder” were guilty of committing a number of unforced errors leading to “Warriors” embarking on an 8-zero run to close the gap to 42-30 at half time.. :: Download the Press Release #6 ::
Great defensive display gives Cadet Boys first win of the season
Played in the strange atmosphere of a virtually deserted Morningside Arena, “Thunder” Cadet Boys recorded their first win of the season thanks to an excellent defensive performance which restricted the Leicester “Riders” second string to just 50 points. :: Download the Press Release #5 ::
Cadet Boys edged out by athletic “Spartans”
The Northants “Thunder” Under 16’s travelled to Repton School and finished on the wrong end of an 84-79 scoreline after a gutsy performance against an athletic Derbyshire “Spartans” team’.:: Download the Press Release #4 ::
Cadet Boys go down to “Hawks”
A Northants “Thunder” Under 16’s team travelled to Moreton Morell College for a friendly game against Warwickshire “Hawks”. “Hawks” are new to the National League but have been successful in the West Midlands based YBL League and in the end their team work was to prove decisive.:: Download the Press Release #3 ::
Tough weekend for Under 15 Girls in Manchester
The Northants Basketball Club was invited to take an Under 15 Girls team to the inaugural Georgia Jones Tournament held at the National Performance Centre in Manchester. With teams from Ireland and Scotland as well as the England national team this was always going to be a daunting experience especially as Northants had players ranging from school year 7 up to school year 10. :: Download the Press Release #2 ::
Northants Basketball Club up and ready for the new season
After the summer break the Northants Basketball Club started preparation for the 2019 / 2020 season last week with a full programme of practices. :: Download the Press Release #1 ::
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