DIVISION TWO SOUTH: Bury Bombers 32 London Titans III 48: Bury Bombers saw their fourmatch winning run in Division Two South halted as they slipped to a narrow defeat to visiting London Titans.
Bombers were missing their highly talented junior player, Jack Perry for the encounter, an omission that would prove pivotal.
Despite the hosts winning the tip, the receiver was unable to control the ball, allowing Titans possession and an easy basket to open the scoring.
Titans arrived with only seven players, but were quick to make the most of Bombers’ missed shots and poor passes as the home side struggled in the early phases of the match.
Captain Paul Guest added the host’s first basket as they began to get a grip on proceedings with further baskets following from Chris Rix and Aiden Hughes as the first quarter ended with the visitors narrowly ahead 13-10.
In the second quarter, Daniel Dickings managed to get his name on the scoresheet but his two baskets would be the only points scored by the Bombers in the quarter as the Titans continued to capitalise on defensive errors to take the score to 31-14 by half time.
Despite further scores from Lloyd Jones, Dickings and Rix, Titans continued to enjoy the greater possession and led 44-24 by the end of the third quarter.
The final quarter saw the best play by Bombers, with Hughes scoring three baskets and Rix two, but despite reducing the deficit, the response came too late as Titans held on for victory.