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Aug 5, 2014, 10:19 am
Cardiff defeat Swansea and are crowned Welsh Champions
Cardiff City Basketball Club have been crowned Champions of Wales by defeating Swansea Storm in the Terry Price Cup Playoff Finals.
In the group stages of the competition, Cardiff were drawn against Kenfig Cougars and reigning Terry Price Cup champions Mold Magic. The highest placed team from this first day would play off against the highest placed first team in the second group of Cardiff City Warriors, Swansea Storm and Barry Huskies.
A full City team (minus starting PF Andy St John) faced off against an extremely strong Cougars side with former Welsh team captain Mike Gregory. The game started off slow, Cougars dictating the pace most of the half with City struggling to get any real momentum going due to the controlled nature of Cougars game, which worked perfectly to keep the game close with City clinging to a 32-30 lead at the half.
After some adjustments and some honest conversations within the team at Halftime City came out and utilised their speed and strength with City Centre Gareth Priddle proving too much for Cougars to contain and causing a lot of problems inside. Cougars rallied and pushed the ball well however City had taken control of the game and in a reversal of the first half now controlled the tempo of the game.
In the second game of the competition Cardiff faced off against reigning champions Mold Magic, however it became apparent from the off that City were too much for Mold and City dominated on both ends of the floor. The first day ended with City undefeated awaiting the results from the second group with Cardiff City Warriors favourites to reach the finals, however a determined Swansea team kept up the pressure and would not give up its lead it had gained from the opening tip and knocked Cardiff City Warriors out of the finals of the cup.
Results from the first day:
Mold Magic 56 v 65 Cougars
Cardiff City Capitals 66 v 49 Cougars
Cardiff City Capitals 72 v 48 Mold Magic
Swansea Storm 97 v 64 Barry Huskies
Cardiff City Warriors 100 v 50 Barry Huskies
Swansea Storm 80 v 70 Cardiff City Warriors
The final was a replay of the SWBA cup final game with City facing off against Swansea Storm. The game started gritty with Swansea (minus starting point guard Ben Flook) trying to grind out a tough quarter making City pay for any mistakes, Rob Kinnear for Swansea capitalised on those mistakes with some excellent 3 point shooting, helping to give Storm an early lead.
City Rallied in the second quarter with everyone on the team contributing with good team offence and rebounds. Swansea seemed to let their heads drop a little and City went in to the half up 10 points. The start of the third Swansea came out and got two quick baskets to bring the game a little closer but City Point Guard Charis Voutsakopoulos pushed the tempo beyond Swansea and began picking the pockets of Swansea's players while still creating offensive opportunities for himself and the team.
Swansea's head dropped early in the fourth and City kept up with pressure and took a comfortable 22 point win to become 2014 Terry Price National Cup Champions. Charis Voutsakopoulos was crowned finals MVP also, in no small part to the intensity he played on both ends of the floor.
Cardiff City 81 - 59 Swansea Storm
Aug 3, 2014, 11:35 am
Wales women 3x3 on the big stage from the left Amelia Reynolds, Jessica Ross, Melanie Curson and Laura Shanahan Wales mens 3x3 team, from the left Laurence Levy, Jared Adams, Danny Walsh and Damien Cope, before they pushed Euroleague team Turkey within 4 points, narrowly losing 12-8 in Riga. It been a great showing by Wales as the only home nation to make it to the first 3x3 european championships.
Big thanks to 3x3 Head of Delegation (Senior Men's Team Manger) Tommy Walsh and 3x3 Coach CJ (Senior Women's Assistant Coach) and mostly Neil Fairburn who has worked very hard behind the scenes to make it possible for Wales to be able to take part in such a major event. This has been such a great year for Welsh Basketball on the International stage. 3 Fiba European team awards ***never achieved before*** one team win bronze, the first ever win for the U16's girls (3 years of hard work from all the girls teams and coaches Lee Coulson and Tony Hinch has paid off), the women equal their best ever finish in theEuropean Championship and 1 boy and 2 girls making the tournament all star 5..... and to finish it off we played our part in the first ever European 3x3 championships.
IF THE GIRLS TEAM DO NOT MIND US USING THER MOTO TO FINISH 2014.
*****WHATEVER IT TAKES*
Aug 3, 2014, 11:25 am
FREE Mini Basketball Coaching Sessions
If you like to play basketball or know someone who would like the chance to be coached by Welsh national team coaches and players and your aged between 9-12 years then you can come along to one of our FREE sessions on the 27th Sept,10th Jan, 14th Feb,14th March and 12th April from 11am till 1.30pm at the Rhonnda Fach Sports Centre CF43 3HR
Aug 2, 2014, 2:50 pm
The Board of BW would like to congratulate the players, coaching staff and parental support for their hard work in taking part in the U18 Boys and Girls FIBA Competition. Everyone played extremely well and should be proud of themselves.
Aug 1, 2014, 12:26 pm
This weekend players from Wales Senior Men and Senior Women squads will be travelling to Riga in Latvia and taking part in the qualifying round of the FIBA Europe 3x3 championships.Wales are the only team from the UK taking part, Scotland and England / GB are not participating.
Details of the game schedule can be found on 3x3 planet website.
The games are scheduled to be streamed live through youtube.
Representing the Welsh Men are
Representing the Welsh Women are
There are 12 teams in the men's group and 9 in the women s. The top 4 teams go through to the finals in Romania in September, with the next best 2 teams, based on results, joining them.
Wales men have managed to avoid playing the 2014 World 3x3 runners up Serbia , but the women have the 2014 world 3x3 semi finalist Czech Republic in their group as well the local home team, Latvia.
Men's (Seeds in brackets)
Czech Republic (26)
Wales (not ranked)
Czech Republic (3)
Latvia (not ranked)
Wales (not ranked)
Updates on this competition will be posted on the Basketball Wales Face Book Group
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Jul 13, 2014, 7:26 pm
*WEEK 3*** of the FIBA European Championships see Wales women go into action as they take on the current champions and hosts, Austria in the opening game of the championships at 6pm UK time on Monday 14th July. There are 3 new caps in the team this year, Jennifer Dorney-Kingdom, Melanie Curson and Jessica Hunt also the team see the return of Sarah Wagstaff and Laura Hinchliffe who both last took the floor for Wales in 2010 in Armenia. The coaching staff has a new look as well with Solent Suns coach Christopher Lee coming in as Assistant Coach and 2012 Womens Assistant Coach Shaun Reynolds moving up to Head Coach.
4 Jennifer Dorney-Kingdom
After Austria, Wales will go on to play Scotland then Azerbaijan in the pool stages then the championships will go in to the battle for placings.