Team Swindon are crowned Wessex League champions

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Team Swindon Basketball Club return to home action this weekend as Wessex League Division One champions.

A midweek victory against second-placed South Bucks Comets, ensured Team Swindon will finish the their inaugural season as double winners.

Antonio Wilburn’s men had already won the Karl Taylor Cup earlier in the season but have now added the Division One title to their honours.

Team Swindon’s successful run-in to the title saw them first beat Woodley Harriers 113-57 at home with Wilburn scoring a staggering 45 points.

Spencer Wells was also in form that day, scoring 30 points, while Ali Tilney added 15.

Next, Team Swindon saw off London Patriots 85-70 on the road with Wilburn scoring 34 points assisted by 13 and 14-point hauls from Sam Newman and Matt North respectively.

Another away win came at Basingstoke Blizzards with Team Swindon winning 78-54 and Wilburn top-scoring again with 24 points.

Ali Tilney (12 points) and Matt North (13 points) chipped in to blow away the Blizzards.

Finally, Team Swindon clinched the league title with victory against second-placed South Bucks in midweek, winning 72-60 on the road.

Scorers on the night were: Antonio Wilburn 19 points, Matt North 18 points, Lee Hobbis 14 points and Sam Newman 10 points.

And despite the title now being wrapped up, head coach Wilburn is keen to see his side continue to play with focus.

“Technically we have won the season, but I don’t think guys are ready to celebrate as I think it will sink in end of season after we have had our championship game and are holding the trophy.

“The team is more locked in now then ever. Everyone is contributing and bringing something to each game, you can feel on the court that guys are playing for each other.

“We showed countless times that we are a group that knows how to handle adversity, and we are going to play for 40 minutes.

“With clinching the top of the table title after beating South Bucks away earlier this week, it’s important now that we focus on these last four games one game at a time.

We have a good match up this Saturday at home against Woodley Thunder, who are a scrappy team and will look to give us a battle from start to finish.

“There are two home games left and we want the town there cheering supporting and helping us close out this season and make this push for play-offs.”

If Team Swindon can win their remaining four matches, it will see them clinch a perfect record in their regular season.

Saturday’s match against Woodley Thunder starts at 4.30pm at The Deanery Academy with doors open from 4pm.

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