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Hucknall Hotshots Review: 2004/5

With the core of last year’s team remaining intact, Hotshots looked forward to the 2005 season with confidence. Against this however, the overall squad size was much reduced and Hotshots struggled to meet mini league requirements to field at least four female players, particularly as for most of the season there were only three girls in the club!

Relying on a small nucleus was always going to be difficult and the first match against one of the previous season’s top teams, Derby Trailblazers illustrated the point. Only able to field eight players, Hotshots went into half time with a well deserved two point advantage but as the third and forth quarters progressed the team began to tire and the game slipped out of reach.

Undeterred, Coach Adam McCrory worked well to bring out the best from the squad which grew in confidence as the season progressed. An emphasis on teamwork saw all the regular players scoring double figures for season and five players scoring close to fifty or more. Defence also improved. With the exception of the final game against Ilkeston and their six foot 12 year old, the opposition never ran up big totals and on a couple of occasions Hotshots kept teams scoreless for a whole quarter. A rollercoaster season saw agonising two point defeats against North Midlands and Darfield balanced out by big wins against Chilwell, Newark, and Whiz Kidz.

Parents can be proud of the way Hotshots performed this year – it was tiring just watching, let alone playing. Thanks to Adam and all the assistant coaches, to John Guyler and the HJBC committee for running a professional club and to Jimmy ‘Jump Shot’ Smith for organising the Notts Mini Basketball League.

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