CELTS Successfully Keep Cobras at Bay; WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL

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The CELTS Wheelchair Basketball Club's first-team opened 2012 with a narrow 59-56 win over the Leicester Cobras.

The CELTS were first to put points on the board with a quick basket from Wandersen Martinez.

The Cobras responded quickly and the two teams traded baskets very evenly throughout the first period.

The Cobras managed to convert a couple of opportunities more than the CELTS and went into the first break with a narrow 16-12 lead.

The CELTS' Martinez, Caroline Matthews, Phil Cochrane and Liam Holt had all put points on the board in the first period.

The second period saw the CELTS step up a gear. The match was still flowing from end to end and the speed of the Cobra's Gareth Bates and consistent outside shooting from their guard Vaidya were causing the CELTS problems.

But the home team were up to the task at hand and the momentum of the match began to change.

The CELTS won the quarter 16-14, taking them into the half time break trailing by two points at 30-28.

The CELTS' Martinez, Matthews, Cochrane, Holt and Steve McGrath had all contributed to the scoreline in the second period.

The CELTS came out on fire at the beginning of the third period.

The defensive set-up had been changed to deal with Bates and Vaidya and the new approach led to a Cobra scoring drought which lasted for the first six minutes of the third period.

In the meantime, however, the CELTS had run in a quick succession of baskets from Martinez, Cochrane, Holt, Matthews and Mo Khan. …