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Match Report - Caledonia Gladiators vs Newcastle Eagles

The Gladiators kick start their first WBBL campaign again against the Newcastle Eagles!

The newly formed Caledonia Gladiators making their debut in front of a busy crowd at the Paisley Lagoon Leisure Centre against a Newcastle side that placed 10th in the league last season. Adams, Lewis, Kirsop, Handy and McGarrachan start on the floor for the Caledonia Gladiators.

Tea Adams opens the scoring for the Gladiators from the free-throw line. Newcastle’s Gaynor then scores 2/2 from the line after being fouled in the act of shooting. Lewis later strips the ball from the Newcastle player and drives to the basket with a smooth layup finish. Lewis becomes the provider this time as she weaves her way through the Eagles and finds Ball in the corner who strings a three. Robyn Lewis continues to impress as she takes her tally to 6 after scoring 2 consecutive jump shots.

The Gladiators round off an excellent first quarter and take a 13-point lead with the scores sitting at 22-9!

Into the 2nd quarter it’s the Eagles who take the first points as they cut the gap down to 11. The Gladiators immediately find their groove again as Chantelle Handy strings two 3 pointers in a row to put the Gladiators 15 points up with 5 minutes to go in the quarter! Erin Jones continues to pile on the 2nd quarter misery for Newcastle as she performs an excellent euro step around the Eagles defender and floats the ball in for 2 points.

The first half concludes with the scores at 37-20! The Gladiators extend their lead and now sit a comfortable 17 points ahead! Robyn Lewis and Erin Jones lead the scoring with 8 each. Robyn also boasts an excellent 6 assists with Erin claiming 9 boards. A massive double double opportunity for both athletes!

The Eagles start the better of the two sides as they lead the scoring in the quarter 4-2 as they look to build a comeback. Gladiators would come back and score the next points. An even quarter sees the scores sitting at 48-30 with only the 4th and final quarter to go. A comeback from the Eagles would be unlikely with the Gladiators looking very strong on both ends of the court.

Onto the final quarter, the Gladiators look to see out their first victory of the 2022/23 WBBL season! The Gladiators are off to a flyer in the quarter as they are out scoring the Eagles by 7 points in the quarter with 5 minutes to go. The Gladiators finish the game on fire and win the quarter with a massive 28-14 score line as they secure their first victory of the season 76-44!

Erin Jones finishes as tonight’s best performer after she secured a double double as she racked up a phenomenal 17 points and 12 rebounds along with 4 steals!

A massive thank you to all you Caledonia Gladiator supporters who turned up to be part of our first home game of the season, kickstarting an exciting new era for basketball in Scotland.

The WBBL Caledonia Gladiators are back in action on the 2nd of October as they face the Essex Rebels on the road! Let’s hope they can build on this strong start.

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