Brilliant Celts Turn on Style to Tame Jaguars; WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL
Celts ................................. 55 Jaguars ............................ 36 THE Celts Wheelchair Basketball Club's first team secured a convincing win against the Newark Jaguars at home.
The Celts played the Newark Jaguars last October, in their first First Division match and narrowly lost (59-51).
The Celts are learning a lot from their first season since promotion and were looking forward to the opportunity to replay the Jaguars and see what progress has been made in their game.
On Saturday, the Jaguars made the long trip down to Cardiff (and the Celts home venue at Eastern Leisure Centre), won the tip and were the first to put points on the board.
The game was flowing from end to end, but the Celts were not able, at the start of the game, to make use of their home court advantage and after five minutes, the Jaguars were up 6-2. Coach Jo Coates-McGrath called a time-out to steady the troops, but the Celts have learned a lot over the last month and didn't panic. The time-out gave the home team to take the proverbial breather and they came out firing.
The Celts dominated the second half of the first period. Baskets fell for the Celts ' Liam Holt, Phil Cochrane, Wiley Martinez and Mo Khan and the Celts went into the first break 14-8 in the lead.
The momentum built by the home team before the break was continued into the second quarter and the Celts unrelentingly raced ahead.
The Celts had adjusted to a hustling defence and the Jaguars were panicking under the pressure. After a six-minute dry period, during which the Celts ran in 12 points, the away team called a time-out and the adjustments made the two teams much more competitive for the second part of the second period.
The teams traded baskets, but the significant damage had been done. The Celts' Holt, Cochrane, Caroline Matthews, Wandersen Martinez and Steve McGrath managed to chalk up a massive 22 points in the second quarter and the Jaguars were only able to answer with 10 points of their own. …