Once again Cirencester College's basketball team have made an excellent start to the season.
In November the team went to the British Colleges West Midlands tournament to face off against other teams in the region and have the honour of representing the region at the National Championships. The team started comfortably in the shortened games beating Bournville 25-5 and North Warwickshire and Hinckley 24-9. In the last game to decide the group winners Cirencester faced off against Worcester 6th Form (whom they had defeated 4 times last season) and raced out to an early 11-4 advantage only to be pegged back in the final 5 minutes but remained calm to win 14-9.
The quarterfinal opponents, Warwickshire College, came out with some determination and made things difficult for the college side who only held a narrow advantage, 8-7, after 5 minutes. However with the college side now being backed by the Rugby team who came to support after their own BCS tournament had finished the team started to find gaps with in the Warwickshire 'zone' defence and eventually prevailed 15-12.
In the semi finals Newcastle Under Lyme College would be the opponents and again the college side were able to gain an advantage early but not be able to pull away. Newcastle threatened to take the game to the wire but the college side showed composure to win 14-11taking them into the final.
In the final they met national powerhouse Birmingham Met. The Cirencester team had saved their best performance until last and whilst never having a comfortable lead were always in control winning 11-9.
Basketball Coach Ben Roper commented 'I'm really pleased for the guys today. In my 3 years coaching the team at the college we have made a semi final, final and now taken the final step to become winners. The team worked really hard and deserve the opportunity to represent the West Midlands in the National Championships. I've had a lot of comments from opposing coaches, referees and spectators on how impressed they were with our performances. Particular praise must go to our captain Eddie Donmez and point guard Josh Reade who led the team in excellent fashion.'