Thu, 31 May 2018
THAMES Valley Kings finished runners-up at the National Championship finals at the weekend.
The newly-crowned Division 3 South West champions Thames Valley Kings faced Sheffield Steelers 4th in the semi-finals as they looked to reach the final and add another trophy to their cabinet.
Kings established a 14-8 lead in the first quarter before applying pressure in the second to go 25-16 ahead at half-time.
Steelers started the second half strongly and pulled the game back to 37-33 to ensure the game would be a close finish.
However, Kings showed their desire to see the game out as they won 50-45, with Liam and Reece Barker both picking up 19 points.
In Sunday’s final, Kings came up against Tees Valley Titans to determine the winners of the Championship.
Titans took an early lead and powered into a 35-23 ahead at half-time.
However, Kings responded well and were only four points behind heading into the final quarter.
It wasn’t meant to be for Thames Valley, though, as Titans held on in the fourth to win 53-43, with Liam Barker finishing on 18 points.
After the game, Kings’ Denise Drammis said: “What a season for our Division 3 team.
“From the bottom of the league only two seasons ago to league winners this year and then crowning it off as silver-medal winners at the championship play-offs.”