Just 5 games around the Conferences in Week 6, but some were critical for Promotion or Relegation.
On Monday we started with a great game in Conf A to see if the new boys could upset the apple cart and de-throne the Bears... and it was the holders that had the early lead, 37-24 at the half, before the Titans started closing the gap but a little too late. It finished 70-60. Bears coach Liam Wyatt admitted they didn't play great, whilst injured (torn thumb) Titans player Nathan Wickens said too many turnovers and easy fast break points was the difference. That sees Bears still top and undefeated in A, but Titans can still grab top spot if they overturn the 10pt difference in the return leg.
Over in the West, Bridport all but secured their survival, with a solid win over Tigers, 83-47. Jeff Robertson was pleased Evo executed their plan and played with strong hustle.
This means Evo are safe, UNLESS Tigers can either Spartans or Tigers can beat so far undefeated Salisbury Suns. Evo can take matters into their own hands by beating Suns, or Spartans in their final game. This coming Wednesday sees Tigers vs Spartans, which could be crucial in Cons C.
Tuesday had the Blazers host the Seahawks in a brilliant, close, well fought game. These 2 have always played some great games, as far back as the Blazers old guise as the SwampDonkeys. Seahawks had control for the majority of the 2nd half, but Blazers hit two 3-pointers to close within 1pt, with seconds to go. But Blazers big man S.Foley, having grabbed 12pts already, couldn't get the winner to drop. Seahawks took the win 52-51.
Again over in the West a decider to see who survives Conf A. Bandits hosted Classics, with the Bournemouth team having a 3point head-to-head advantage going into the game. After a slow first quarter (6-9) the Bandits went nuts in the second, and dropped 25pts, whilst holding their guests to 6pts! The Classics re-grouped after the break and chipped away at the lead, but came up short 48-40. That sees a +5 differential to the Bandits, which leaves the Classics on the verge of going down. They can survive, if the get the win over Titans on Nov 25th. That would send Bandits down, unless they can upset the Bears prior to that on the 22nd.
In the final game of the week, the Legends welcomed Storm U18 to Weymouth. And it was the young guns who came out firing in Q1 going up 25-9, with #10 Bernabli dropping 14pts of his 20 total, in the first stint. It finished 62-32 to the Storm to secure their top spot in Conf. D.