Home win for Burnley’s basketball team

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EKTIO Burnley senior MABL team won again at home after the Christmas break.

The locals looked once again in control at home against Holmes Chapel Hornets in the Premiership league match.

After a very quick start, Burnley found themselves up 15 points after the first quarter, attacking Holmes Chapel from inside, outside and with fast breaks.

The second quarter saw the locals once again in charge of the game, this time controlling the tempo of the game and keeping the Hornets under the cosh.

Coach Cronin started rotating all the players, and the bench responded really well after a couple of the starting five got into fouls trouble.

It was good seeing Stuart Limon back on court after his back problems and admiring Dave Bolt sharpness in offence, driving to the basket and scoring eight points in three minutes.

The half-time score saw Ektio Burnley ahead by 15 points and looking really relaxed.

The third quarter saw a surge from Holmes Chapel, scoring a six-point streak, coach Cronin calling a time out, and Burnley were back in business scoring freely and defending well.

The fourth quarter saw once again Burnley keeping the gap and working the ball on court while the Hornets were trying to score quick baskets to give them a chance to close the gap.

The final score was Burnley 74, Holmes Chapel Hornets 53.

Coach Cronin said: “We are playing well, we are working as a unit, there is competition for places and the players are working hard in training. We played with confidence and are strong at home.

“Our target is to get into the play-offs and then anything can happen.”

The Under 16 team beat Rossendale by 21 points in the Lancashire U16 CVL.

Burnley were for the first time on court under the new coach Ashley Taggart, one of the MABL team players who has been assisting at the club.

Burnley came out strong in the first quarter, securing a 10-point lead, but their defence didn’t start coming together till the last few minutes of the third quarter.

They came out pumped up in the fourth quarter, and finally ended the game winning by 21.

Coach Minozzi said: “Ash has done a fantastic job, he spotted Rossendale weakness very soon, he used his players very wisely, he spread the work load thought the team, and did a very tidy job.”

If anyone would like to play basketball at junior or senior level, go to www.burnleybasketball.co.uk or http://www.facebook.com/burnleybasketballclub