Key games ahead as Dragons fall to Riders.
Bradford Dragons (W5-L8) fell to their second defeat of 2018, going down 80-69 at Loughborough Student Riders (9-2), on Saturday afternoon, leaving Coach Mellor disappointed with his team’s performance.
In only their second season in the top flight, Loughborough currently occupy second spot in the National Basketball League Division One, only two points behind leaders Team Solent Kestrels but with two games in hand. Meanwhile the Dragons have struggled to find consistent form this season and find themselves in danger of being dragged into a relegation battle.
Bradford’s big man, Ricky Fetske won the jump ball, sending team-mate Rihards Šulcs (sponsored by Templewood Photography) on the offence, only to be fouled in the act of shooting. Šulcs, however, missed both of the resultant free throws, allowing Max Richardson to open the scoring at the other end, for the hosts (2-0).
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Dragons start 2018 on the wrong foot
Bradford Dragons resumed their National League division one campaign with a visit to Derby Trailblazers on Saturday evening, returning on the wrong end of a 90-89 score line.
The teams had previously met in the Dragons Den, in October, when Bradford had taken the spoils with a 91-83 victory in the National Cup, only to be then beaten by Loughborough Student Riders in the quarter finals.
Derby gained possession from the tip-off and scored on their first offence, Simeon Esprit sinking for two points. However, Bradford hit back immediately with a three from Eisley Swaine, but then a couple of two pointers from Matthew Ward-Hibbert put the hosts three points up.
Moments later, the game was tied, at six points apiece, but the Dragons couldn’t stop the Trailblazers from pulling ahead again, and whilst they managed to kep themselves in the game, the gap gradually widened. By the time the buzzer sounded for the end of the opening quarter, the gap was up to nine points, with Derby leading, with 25 points to Bradford’s 16. Click Here for the full Press Release
Dragons 3 are recruiting.
Bradford Dragons 3 are currently recruiting new players. If you are interested in playing basketball, in a relaxed and friendly environment, training sessions are held on a Tuesday evening from 8-10pm at:
Holy Family School,
Spring Gardens Lane,
Come along and get involved. All welcome.