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Silverbacks finish with a flourish

Yateley Silverbacks finished their title-winning season in Wessex on a high

Yateley Silverbacks celebrated their Wessex 2 title with a carnival final-game victory over Windsor

Champions Yateley Silverbacks gave delighted fans the mother of all finishes.

They completed their Wessex second division campaign by preserving an impressive 100% home record in front of a big Mother’s Day crowd.

The club has endured a traumatic final few weeks since clinching the title, forced to deal with defeats, injuries, personal upset and internal discipline issues, but this was a good night and an enjoyable close game throughout.

Windsor were within two points with two minutes to play but Yateley hit some free throws and pulled away to large cheers.

With only seven players available, Silverbacks had to work hard to hold off the visitors who had nothing to lose and a scalp to claim.

Antony Green was in brilliant form once again, netting 25 points including six of the last seven in the dying minutes. He was often the go-to man whenever the 'backs really needed a bucket.

Also impressive were Andrew Tomlin and Jack Vaughan, the only two inside players on court, while Glynn Davies and Andy Crombie were steady scorers and regularly set up their team-mates. Jon Clausen-Berg and player/coach Pete Daines gave the starters regular rest periods with the former nailing three threes in the first half.

“Windsor gave us a fright at times but it was great to win the game and keep the home streak alive,” said Daines. “It’s been a long season and we have been dealing with all sorts of issues but it was great to hear ‘We are the champions’ blaring around the arena in the dying seconds and at the final buzzer.”

He revealed: “Some of the wives and girlfriends have admitted to having tears in their eyes because they won and we all know how much time, effort and emotion have gone into winning our first title and another promotion.

“Personally it’s nice to be back on court helping out after five months but it would be nice to hit a shot too.”

Silverbacks will now play fourth-placed Airgonauts in a two-legged play-off semi-final in a bid to reach next month’s final for the second year in succession.

 

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