Celts Tame the Cats to Seal Brilliant Success; WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL

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Cardiff Celts ................................... 51 Black Cats ...................................... 33 AFTER a very close first half, the Cardiff Celts Wheelchair Basketball Club's second division team pulled away in the third period to beat Birmingham Black Cats 51-33 on Saturday.

The Celts first team lost the tip against the Black Cats huge forward (Rob Smith), but the home team were first to put points on the board.

The Black Cats were quick to reply and both teams traded baskets throughout the first 10-minute period. The Black Cats' Smith was so tall that the Celts were not able to challenge him for rebounds at either end of the court which gave the away team a considerable advantage.

However, the Black Cats had travelled with a very short bench and, in order to take advantage of that, the Celts ran a pressing defence from the first whistle. The Celts narrowly won the first period 8-6.

At their defensive end, the Black Cats had sagged into the key which, together with their incredibly tall centre, had completely shut down the Celts' inside game.

The Celts responded well and were able to take advantage of what breaches into the Cats key they were able to achieve and back that up with some consistent outside shooting.

The second period was higher scoring, as both teams got into their rhythms, but the Celts were again able to achieve a narrow lead (winning the period 14-12) and going into the break 22-18 up. …