Celts Ju­niors pipped in real thriller as City Thun­der strike

Caernarfon Herald - - SPORT -

CAERNAR­FON Celts Un­der16s lost a thriller 55-52 to Ban­gor City Thun­der in the teams’ first-ever meet­ing in the North Wales Bas­ket­ball League.

A local derby at Ar­fon Leisure Cen­tre proved as tight as an­tic­i­pated as both teams were un­beaten in the league.

An evenly-matched start to the game saw the Thun­der take a slen­der 12-11 lead into the sec­ond quar­ter,

With some great at­tack­ing play from both sides the lead swung back in Celts’ favour by the end of the half at 24-23.

An­other hotly-con­tested third quar­ter saw the Celts re­tain their lead at 38-36, set­ting up a tense fi­nal ses­sions.

Two three-point bas­kets in the lat­ter stages of the fourth from the Thun­der proved de­ci­sive, al­low­ing the Ban­gor out­fit to de­fend a lead and run out win­ners of an en­thralling game of bas­ket­ball.

MVP and top scorer for the Celts was Sean Jones (28 points) with Shay Hard­man MVP and lead­ing scorer for the Thun­der (24).

Celts se­niors trav­elled to Mold to play in a league game against the Magic.

Some ex­cel­lent de­fence from the Celts kept the Magic to 14 points in the first quar­ter, but they were un­able to cap­i­talise in at­tack, scor­ing only four and miss­ing seven free throws. The sec­ond quar­ter proved as frus­trat­ing as the Celts de­fence re­mained strong but could not pro­duce the goods at the other end.

The Magic were able to ro­tate their bench through­out the game, pres­suris­ing the Celts on de­fence and of­fence with high in­ten­sity bas­ket­ball which en­sured them the win.

Celts head coach Ar­wel Jones said: “I couldn’t be prouder of my play­ers and their ef­forts. Had we been able to con­vert our free throws in the first quar­ter, it would have set up a plat­form for a more ef­fi­cient of­fence for the re­minder of the game. How­ever, the Magic de­served their win and we will look to give them a big­ger chal­lenge in at­tack when next we meet.”

● MVPs....Caernar­fon Celts - Ja­cob Wright and Mold Magic - Dan Evans.

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