Cougars defeated in debut at new venue

NILALM110131D2 - Ilkeston cougars v Hyson Green
NILALM110131D2 - Ilkeston cougars v Hyson Green

Sherwood League Cup

Quarter-Final

Ilkeston Cougars 59

Hyson Green 75

A DEPLETED Cougars squad bowed out of the League Cup in their first match at Kirk Hallam Community Technology & Sports College on Monday.

Hyson got off to a flying start and raced into an early 18-4 lead as the Cougars struggled to contain Steve Thompson, who had eight points in the first quarter.

Ilkeston chipped away to go into half-time down 30-46 after a strong defensive showing in the second quarter, including three steals from young guard James Wood and captain Geoff Ball leading the fast break offence.

Ilkeston were again slow out of the blocks at the start of the second-half, Thompson again causing problems combining with David Wong for 16 points in the quarter.

Ilkeston rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring the visitors 21-9 thanks to some strong inside play from forwards Greg Emmerson and Richard Bailey but in the end the hosts were always coming from behind and the deficit was too great.

l Sherwood League side Ilkeston Cougars are one of the ten squads which currently form Ilkeston Outlaws Basketball Club, now based at the Kirk Hallam Community Technology & Sports College.

The Falcons and the Hawks also play in the Sherwood League, with the Outlaws’ senior women competing in the National League and the Maid Marion Central Venue League.

There are also junior sides representing U18, U16, U14 (two teams) levels and the Mini squad who compete in the Nottingham Open Mini League.

Cougars captain Geoff Ball said: “The new venue at Kirk Hallam is ideal for our needs and has been a very welcome boost for the club.

“All the centre staff have been very supportive towards us and so the transition has been an easy one.”