Bears v Aces

Bears V Aces May 17Warwickshire College | 14 May 2017| 13:00

Coach: Nesad Causevic 

Squad: Andy White (c), Leanna Adams, Charlotte Thornton-White, Patrick O’Donovan, Jason Meyer, Jonny Holloway & Craig Winspear

The Game

Aces played the final game of their season today, travelling to Warwickshire to take on the undefeated Bears. Aces won possession from the tip off but were unable to find the net on their first attack. Bears took possession and went on an attack of their own but was fouled during the process putting their player on the line for two shots. Missing the first and making the second, Bears found themselves with the first point of the game.

Bears went on to score a further two baskets without response before Leanna Adams got Aces first points of the day. The first half continued with Bears dominating the scoring, winning the quarter 17-9.

The second quarter was much improved for Aces who had seemed to finally feel their way into the game. Unlike the first quarter, the second seemed to be a more free flowing affair with both sides taking it in turns to attack. There was some good play from both sides with the game being played at a good speed, however it was once again Bears who took the quarter, winning 8-7. Half time score, 25-16 to Bears.

After a short halftime break the game was back underway with neither side letting up. The game continued in the end-to-end manner of the first half with both sides creating some good shooting opportunities, with both sides utilising pick & rolls and curls along with a few impressive fast breaks from the home side. The third quarter proved to be yet another close one with only one point in it again. Unfortunately for Aces it was Bears who once again took the quarter, 13-12.

The final quarter and there was only 10 points in it, all to play for. After some strong defensive play from both sides along with two missed free throws from the home side it was Aces who got the first points of the quarter. However that was then followed up by an uncontested 8 points by the home side before Aces got their final basket of the game, ultimately losing the quarter 8-4 and the game, 46-32.

Everyone at Aces would like to congratulate Bears on their undefeated season and wish them all the very best for next season.

Most Valuable Player – Charlotte Thornton-White

Charlotte was nominated for the MVP award by her teammates today for her all round performance today. Charlotte was the only player to have played the full 40 minutes of the game for Aces and in that time she created countless shooting opportunities for our forwards through some fantastic pick & rolls and curls. Defensively, Charlotte also aided the team by consistently setting picks for her teammates allowing them to get back to their defensive positions.

 

 

Aces v Plymouth Storm

IMG_1852Aylesbury High School | 6 May 2017| 14:30

 Coach: Nesad Causevic 

Squad: Nesad Causevic (c), Patrick O’Donovan, Andy White, Ben Pritchard, Jonny Holloway & Craig Winspear

The Game

Aces played their final home game of the 2016/17 season against Plymouth Storm at Aylesbury High School. Aces started the game with possession after successfully negotiating the tip off but were unable to make it count on their first attack. After their defensive shut out Plymouth Storm went on the attack scoring their first basket of the game. The game continued in this manner, going back and forth until the end of the quarter with the scores tied at 8-8.

Like the first quarter, the second quarter was once again a free flowing game with both sides taking it in turns to go on the attack. Both sides played some strong basketball but it was the travelling side that took the spoils of the quarter, winning the quarter 10-8. Half time score, 16-18 to Plymouth Storm.

The third quarter was one for Aces to forget. Aces had their chances but it was Plymouth Storm who managed to pull away with multiple defensive shut outs followed by fast break. This tactic continued for the travelling side and Aces struggled to put a stop to this. Plymouth Storm won the quarter 11-2.

The final quarter proved to be much of the same for the home side. Once again Aces had their opportunities but were unable to find the basket on a consistent basis. Defensively the home side started to shut down the fast breaks from their opponents but it wasn’t enough on the day with Plymouth Storm winning the quarter 10-2. Final score, 20 – 39 in favour of Plymouth Storm.

Most Valuable Player – Andy White

Andy was nominated as MVP by his teammates due his fantastic shooting from outside, all game, Andy was the only player in the game to score a 3 pointer. Storm got wise and started jumping out on him, but that didn’t phase him. In addition to his excellent shooting performance Andy also did an excellent job in defence, enough to stop a few fast breaks, even stopping a 3 on 1 offence at one point.

He did all this with a cold, having missed training the night before due to the start of his cold, it didn’t stop him from having a fantastic game.

Coming Up…  Aces play their final game of the 2016/17 season against Warwickshire Bears at Warwickshire College, Sunday 14 May 2017, tip-off 13:00 pm.

 

Hampshire Harriers v Aces

Oasis Academy Mayfield |30 April 2017 | 13:20pm

Coach: Jez Winsborrow

Squad: Charlotte Thornton-White (c), Andy White, Chris Rattenbury, Zviko Chigumba, Leanna Adams & Patrick O’Donovan

The Game 

Aces travelled down to Southampton to play their penultimate away game of the season against Hampshire Harriers. Aces won possession from the tip-off but they were unable to capitalise with the home side going on to score the first points of the game. Aces responded quickly with a basket of their own. Aces pushed on further whilst limiting the home sides shooting opportunities. Aces won the first quarter 14-6.

Hampshire Harriers found some consistency in the second quarter, which made for a much more interesting game. Both teams settled into the game and it became a more even affair. The two sides limited one another’s shooting opportunities, which lead to a fairly low scoring quarter which didn’t hamper the quality of the basketball being played. The second quarter ended in a draw 6-6. Half time score 20-12

The third quarter proved to be a reverse of the first quarter. Hampshire Harriers implemented a press slowed Aces offensively and limited their options in the channels. Defensively Aces started to tire and Aces dropped off slightly allowing Harriers better looks at basket. Hampshire Harriers won the quarter 14-6.

Disaster struck in the fourth quarter when our captain had to leave the court through injury. Forced to play on with only 4 players against a team of 5 due to the lack of eligible substitutions Aces were able to see out the fourth quarter with the game ending in a draw, 30-30

Extra time and Aces made their way back on court. Like the rest of the game it was very much back and fourth. But the numerical advantage worked in the favour of the home team who went 4 points up without response before Aces finally scored a basket of their own making the extra time score 4-2 in favour of the home side. Seconds left and Aces had possession in their half still stuck behind the press implemented by Harriers earlier on in the game. A speculative attempt at basket from Aces own half fell short as the final buzzer sounded. Hampshire Harriers winning the game 34-32.

Most Valuable Player – Chris Rattenbury 

Chris was nominated for the MVP award by his teammates for his effort during the game. Having recently returned from a long break due to illness, resulting in a lack training and game time/fitness the last thing Chris needed was to play a full 40 minutes, but unfortunately this was the case due to our lack of options of the bench. Having said that Chris never stopped, he worked tirelessly in all areas of the game. He may have felt it afterwards but under the circumstances he deserves the recognition.

A special mention also goes out to our captain on the day, Charlotte, who played through the pain of a potentially broken finger for as long as she could before the pain became just too much. Everybody at Aces would like to wish you a speedy recovery whatever the diagnosis.

Coming Up…  Aces are next in action against Plymouth Storm at Aylesbury High School, Saturday 6 May 2017, tip-off 14:30 pm

 

CWBA v Aces

Woodlands Academy |9 April 2017 | 12:00pm 

Coach: Nesad Causevic

Squad: Jason Meyer, Charlotte Thornton-White, Andy White (c), Chris Rattenbury, Zviko Chigumba & Nesad Causevic

The Game

A depleted Aces squad made the trip to Coventry to take on CWBA. Game time and Coventry won possession from the tip-off, however Aces were able to organise themselves quickly and shut the home team out. Offensively Aces were up against a high defensive line, limiting their chances in the paint. The pattern continued throughout the quarter with the home side coming out on top, 10-8.

The second quarter was much of the same with CWBA keeping the high defensive line. However, with quick ball movement Aces started to beat the defensive line, which meant shooting opportunities increased for the traveling side. Defensively Aces were able to maintain a level of defensive strength limiting the home side to take outside shooting opportunities more often than not. Aces won the quarter 11-9. Half time score 19-19.

After the half time break, the game fell apart for the travelling side. The size of the squad and lack of match fitness for one or two of the players through injury really caused issues as the team began to tire. The home side took advantage of this with a variation of a press, which Aces could not break down. Defensively Aces also struggled with Coventry converting shots from inside and outside of the paint. Coventry won the third quarter 14-3, Aces 3 coming from a 3 pointer from Andy White (Aces third 3 pointer of the game with the other two coming from Jason Meyer). 

The struggles continued for the travelling side in the fourth quarter, with exhaustion well and truly starting to set in. The team thought on though and never gave up but it wasn’t enough to put a stop to the much fresher home side. Coventry won the quarter 12-4 and the game 45 26.

Most Valuable Players – Jason Meyer & Zviko Chigumba 

This week two players shared the votes for MVP, Jason Meyer and Zviko Chigumba. Jason was nominated for his contribution to the game, with a season best shooting record (including two fantastic 3 pointers) he really stepped up, not only in offence but in his defensive responsibilities also.

Zviko was nominated for his relentless work rate. It was Zviko’s first game where he clocked a full 40 minutes and he never stopped pushing, never gave up and was always trying to create space and opportunities to transition faster. His comment as the final whistle went, “I can’t feel my arms.”

Coming Up…  Aces are next in action against Hampshire Harriers at the Oasis Academy Mayfield, Sunday 30 April 2017, tip-off 13:20 pm

 

Plymouth Storm v Aces

Marjon Sports Centre | 25 March 2017 | 14:20

Coach: Jez Winsborrow

Squad: Leanna Adams, Jason Meyer, Craig Winspear, Charlotte Thornton-White, Andy White (c), Chris Rattenbury

The Game

Aces had a mid-season stopover in Plymouth to play local side, Plymouth Storm. Aces won possession from the tip-off and went on the attack, however they were unable to score on their first attack and went 0-2 down after a quick counter attack from the home side. The game eventually settled after the fast start and it became an end-to-end quarter with Plymouth coming out on top, 9-6.

The second quarter was one to learn from for Aces. The travelling side although able to create shooting opportunities struggled to convert them. Plymouth Storm on the other hand continued to counter attack at speed and unlike Aces found the basket consistently. Plymouth Storm came out on top in the second quarter, winning 13-4.

The third quarter was much improved for Aces. Like the first quarter, the pace of the game slowed meaning both sides had to break through their opponent’s defensive lines. Aces started to find the basket with more consistency, however they were not able to keep Storm out of the paint on a regular basis and with the home sides shots still dropping, Aces lost the quarter 13-9.

The trend continued in the fourth and final quarter with both teams creating shooting opportunities in the key and converting consistently. But the game was won and lost in defence. Unlike Aces, Plymouth were able keep Aces shooting opportunities limited within the paint, meaning the travelling side found themselves shooting from range more often than not. Plymouth went on to win the fourth quarter, 16-12. Final result, 51-31 to Plymouth Storm.

Most Valuable Player – Match Day Squad

Due to the nature of this week’s fixture, Aces would like to take this opportunity to thank all the players and supporters who made the trip down to Plymouth for this week’s game. You were all equally as valuable as one another in such a fixture, thank you. 

Coming Up…  Aces are next in action against Coventry (CWBA) at the Woodlands Academy, Sunday 9 April 2017, tip-off 12:00 pm

 

Thames Valley Kings V Aces

Kings V Aces 2017Kennet Leisure Centre | 19 February 2017 | 12:20

Coach: Nesad Causevic

Squad: Leanna Adams, Patrick O’Donovan, Andy White (c), Jason Meyer, Ben Pritchard & Nesad Causevic

The Game

Aces were in action against Thames Valley Kings in their second game of back-to-back fixtures. Kings began the game with the ball after winning possession from the tip-off and they were able to go on and score the first points of the game. Like the previous game between the two sides, the first quarter proved to be a very tight affair with both sides taking it in turns to attack. It was however Aces who came out on top winning the quarter 8-12.

The theme continued in the second quarter with both teams defending well, limiting open shots on their basket a theme continued from the first game between the two sides. With limited attacking options each side really had to work for their opportunities and after a closely thought second quarter it was once again Aces who came out on top, winning the quarter 6-8. Half time score 14-20 to Aces.

The third quarter was much of the same with both teams defending well. However it was Aces whose defence was stronger only conceding the one basket during the quarter. In the attacking phase Aces still had to work hard for their chances, but that they did winning the quarter 2-9.

The theme continues… Once again it was in the fourth quarter where Aces managed to pull further away from the home side. Defensively Aces had eased of slightly allowing their opponents more time on the ball and giving them more open shots at the basket. However it was in their offensive play that Aces really capitalised scoring 18 points in the fourth quarter alone, far more than in the previous three quarters. Final result, 22-47 to Aces.

Most Valuable Players | Ben Pritchard  

Ben was nominated the MVP against Thames Valley Kings by his teammates for his great all round performance on his debut for the club. Ben was relentless. He worked tirelessly in both offence and defence, he wasn’t afraid of getting in the thick of it securing several steals throughout the game through a no nonsense press. He even ended up on the floor a few times. You certainly would not have thought it was his first ever game!

Coming Up…  Aces are next in action against Plymouth Storm at Marjon Sports Centre, Saturday 25 March 2017, tip-off 14:20pm

 

Aces v Thames Valley Kings

Aces v Kings 2017Stoke Mandeville Stadium | 28 January 2017 | 14:30 

Coach: Nesad Causevic

Squad: Leanna Adams, Patrick O’Donovan, Andy White (c), Jason Meyer, Craig Winspear, Charlotte Thornton-White & Barry Wells

The Game

Aces started the game on defensive duties after losing out on possession from the tip-off, but with a defensive shut out were able to attack scoring their first points of the game. The first quarter rolled on with both teams having equal share of the ball, but it was Aces with the stronger defensive line and better shooting success rate that went into the second quarter leading 13-7.

In the second quarter both teams seemed to tighten up defensively causing a lack of shooting options for one another making the open shots harder to create and finish. This continued throughout the quarter but it was Thames Valley Kings who edged the quarter winning 4-8. Halftime score 17-15 to Aces.

Like the second quarter, the third quarter turned out to be another close affair, with both sides keeping a strong defensive line and limiting each other’s shooting opportunities. However it was Aces who came out on top this time winning the quarter 8-6.

The fourth quarter started with the score line at 25-21 in Aces favour. Unlike the two quarters before hand Aces found a second gear and were able to pull away from the traveling team whilst still limiting the shots at their basket. With a great defensive performance paired with strong attacking play and a game winning performance by Leanna Adams, scoring 17 points. Aces won the quarter 17-2. Final result Aces 42-23 Thames Valley Kings

Most Valuable Players | Leanna Adams

Leanna was nominated as MVP’s against Thames Valley Kings for her game winning contribution to the team in the fourth quarter scoring 17 points. Not only that but she was ever present throughout Aces attacking play as well as defensive efforts.

Coming Up…  Aces are next in action against Thames Valley Kings at Kennet Leisure Centre, Sunday 19 February 2017, tip-off 12:20pm

 

Aces v Hampshire Harriers

Aces V Hampshire HarriersStoke Mandeville Stadium | 14 January 2017 | 13:30 

Coach: Nesad Causevic

Squad: Andy White (c), Leanna Adams, Patrick O’Donovan, Zviko Chigumba, Jason Meyer, Chris Rattenbury, Craig Winspear & Charlotte Thornton-White

The Game

Aces first game of 2017 saw them go up against Hampshire Harriers in the rearranged fixture from the beginning of the season. The game started with Hampshire Harriers in possession after winning the tip-off, but with their first defensive shutout of the game Aces were soon able to counter attack and open the scoring. Aces continued with their strong defensive display, limiting Harriers shooting opportunities. Offensively Aces were able to move the ball well, creating shots that they were able to finish. The first quarter ended 16-3 to Aces.

It was much of the same in the second quarter with Aces remaining resilient in defence, limiting Hampshire Harriers shooting opportunities from both inside and outside the paint. Offensively Aces were still able to find the net on a consistent basis as a result from some great picks, curls and ball movement. Aces won the second quarter 20-2. Halftime score, 36-5

Aces were guilty of switching off slightly in the third quarter allowing Hampshire Harrier time and space to move the ball around and put up some shots, something they had struggled to do in the first half. Aces soon started to up their performance levels but it wasn’t enough to lose the third quarter 8-12.

At the start of the fourth quarter it was an end-to-end game with the score going from 0-0 to 4-7 to Hampshire Harriers in a matter of 5 minutes. However with 5 minutes still on the clock Aces were able to lock down their defence, going on to score 14 points without return. Final score 62-24 to Aces.

Most Valuable Players | Charlotte Thornton-White 

Charlotte was nominated the MVP against Hampshire Harriers by her teammates for her contribution to the teams attacking play. Through her intelligent offensive play, utilising picks and curls Charlotte was able to free up space and quite often give Aces a numerical advantage when attacking.

Coming Up…  Aces are next in action against Thames Valley Kings at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Saturday 28 January 2017, tip-off 2:30pm

 

Aces v Worcester Wolves

aces-v-wolves-dec-16-006Stoke Mandeville Stadium | 10 December 2016 | 14:30 

Coach: Jez Winsborrow

Squad: Barry Wells (c), Leanna Adams, Patrick O’Donovan, Matt Fox, Andy White, Zviko Chigumba & Jonathan Adams

The Game

Aces played their final home game of 2016 when they came up against Worcester Wolves at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Aces won possession from the tip-off and went straight on the attack scoring a quick 2 points. Worcester Wolves responded quickly with 2 points of their own. The first quarter carried on in this manner with the quarter coming to a close with a score line of 6-6.

The Second quarter proved to be another 10 minutes of close basketball. With both teams well-disciplined defensively shooting opportunities were limited. However it was Aces that had more success in the paint, outscoring their opponents 9-7.

The third quarter and it was much of the same once again. Both sides were stubborn defensively leaving it to each other to break them down. With shots in the paint limited and both sides struggling from range, much like the first quarter, the third ended in a draw, 8-8.

The final quarter was underway with both teams clearly showing the nerves that come with playing in such a close game. Aces began the quarter with a basket in the second minute, with Wolves following up with one of their own moments later. However Aces scored another of their own before Wolves went on to score two uncontested baskets. Aces next two opportunities came from the free-throw line after two shooting fouls; unfortunately Aces could only score 2 points out of the possible 4. Wolves in the meantime were able to score 4 points winning them the quarter 10-6.

After a very close game, Worcester Wolves were the victors with a final score of 31-29.

Most Valuable Players | Zviko Chigumba & Jonathan Adams 

This week both Zviko and Jonathan were nominated for the MVP award by their teammates for their dedication and support for the team. Unfortunately neither saw any court time due to the nature of the game however their support was unwavering with Zviko even giving his chair up so Patrick could continue playing after his chair was damaged.

A special thanks has to also be given to our loyal supporters, newcomer Ben, and the staff & patients of the National Spinal Injuries Centre for your support on the day, it was highly appreciated. Thank you.

Coming Up…  Aces are next in action against Hampshire Harriers at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Saturday 14 January 2017, tip-off 1:30pm

 

Aces v Bears 2

silverstone-063Aylesbury High School | 19 November 2016 | 14:30

Coach: Nesad Causevic

Squad: Barry Wells (c), Leanna Adam, Patrick O’Donovan, Charlotte Thornton White, Matt Fox, Andy White, Craig Winspear & Harry Price

The Game

Aces were in action this weekend against Bears 2 at Aylesbury High School. Aces started the game slowly after losing possession from the tip-off. 6 minutes in and Aces were 0-10 down. In the space of 2 minutes Aces managed to get the score to 4-12 but were unable to find the net again in the quarter going into the second quarter 4 -16 down.

In the second quarter Aces upped the intensity in the second quarter utilising a two-man hustle, which slowed, Bears transition from defence to offence and therefore lead to rushed shots from the travelling side. At the other end of the court Aces shots were starting to drop as a result of their transitional play and picking back of the opposition. Aces won the quarter 10 – 6.

The third quarter was a much even affair with both teams dropping back to a traditional defensive formation. Offensively both teams had a relatively quiet quarter with limited shot opportunities. However it was Bears that came out on top at the end of the quarter, winning it 7- 6.

In the fourth and final quarter Aces reverted to a full court press which proved effective. With forced turnovers accompanied by a limited shot conversion rate Bears were beginning to get frustrated and it showed with the travelling side starting argue between themselves. Aces continued to apply the pressure leading them to win the quarter 11 – 4. Unfortunately Aces were unable to get the final few points required to win the game meaning Bears won the game 33-28.

Most Valuable Player | Craig Winspear

Craig was nominated the MVP against Bears by his teammates for his all round play during his full 40 minutes on court. As well as making a contribution of 8 points to the teams score, Craig’s contribution also came in the form of several assists, the creation of several attacking plays as well as a strong defensive display.

Coming Up…

Aces are next in action against Worcester Wolves at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Saturday 10 December 2016, tip-off 2:30pm

 

Aces v CWBA 

team-photoAylesbury High School | 29 October 2016 | 14:30

 

Coach: Nesad Causevic

Squad: Barry Wells (c), Leanna Adams, Chris Rattenbury, Patrick O’Donovan, Charlotte Thornton White, Zviko Chigumba, Matt Fox, Nesad Causevic & Harry Price

The Game

Aces had their first home game of the season when they played CWBA at Aylesbury High School. Aces found themselves on defensive duties straight away after missing out on possession from the tip-off, which led to an early 2 points for CWBA. As the quarter continued the game was end-to-end stuff with CWBA coming out on top with a score line of 12-7 heading into the second quarter.

The second quarter saw Aces improve on the first quarter with a strong defensive showing and an attacking threat to match. CWBA struggled to match Aces intensity finding themselves with limited shooting opportunities and no answer to Aces attacking play. Aces went on to win the second quarter 10-3. Half time score, 17-16 to Aces.

The third quarter was very much a case of role reversal for both sides. Aces seemed tired after their exploits in the second quarter which allowed CWBA back into the game, capitalising on defensive errors and a lack of finishing in the paint from the home side, CWBA went on to win the quarter 10-2.

Unfortunately it was much of the same for Aces in the fourth quarter as they were still not able to match CWBA’s intensity carried over from the third quarter. The team battled until the final whistle but it wasn’t enough to go on and win the quarter.

Final score Aces 24-38 CWBA.

A special mention goes to Zviko who scored his first basket in his first competitive game for the club.

Most Valuable Player | Leanna Adams  

For the second week in a row Leanna Adams finds herself voted as the MVP by her teammates. Leanna led the score sheet for Aces scoring 20 of the teams 24 points.

Coming Up…

 Aces are next in action against Bears at Aylesbury High School, Saturday 19 November 2016, tip-off 2:30pm.

 

Worcester Wolves v Aces


Worcester Arena | 22 October 2016 | 12:00

Coach: Nesad Causevic

Squad: Barry Wells (c), Leanna Adams, Chris Rattenbury, Patrick O’Donovan, Charlotte Thornton White, Andy White, Matt Fox & Craig Winspear

The Game

Aces finally got their season underway when they travelled to Worcester Arena to play Worcester Wolves. From the tip-off Aces found themselves being pressed high up the court. It took some time for the team to settle into the game committing several turnovers leading Aces to lose the first quarter 17-10.

The second quarter was a different story for Aces, who settled down and played some good offensive and defensive basketball. The success on attack came from the utilisation of a press break and good transitional play, freeing up players and picking the opponents out of the game leading to some well-finished lay-ups, this paired with a good defensive showing meant that Aces won the second quarter 8-11. Half time score 25-21 to Worcester Wolves.

The third quarter turned out to be a low scoring affair, with defensive errors coming from both sides opportunities in the paint were not hard to come across, however finishing for both sides didn’t seem as easy. A frustrating quarter for both sides, Worcester Wolves won the quarter 6-1, Aces only point coming from the free throw line.

In the fourth and final quarter Wolves took advantage of their player depth on the day, fielding a refreshed side against a tiring Aces. The game continued in a free flowing manor but Aces could not do enough to close up the gap in the score line, with Worcester Wolves going on to win the quarter 11-4.

Final score: Worcester Wolves 42-26 Aces.

Most Valuable Player | Leanna Adams

Leanna was the nominated the MVP against Worcester Wolves by her teammates for her commitment to the team. At training the night before, Leanna suffered an injury to her hand and was in A&E until the early hours of the morning. With very little sleep the night before, Leanna still managed to travelled to Worcester and played the full 40 minutes, whilst also being Aces leading scorer on the day.

Coming Up…

Aces are next in action against Coventry (CWBA) at Aylesbury High School, Saturday 29 October 2016, tip-off 2:30pm, spectators welcome.