Students' title hopes take a knock
BASKETBALL Bath University's title hopes were hit by a 91-82 defeat at Middlesex in the British University and College Sport Southern Premier Division.
The visitors went into the tough fixture looking to avenge a home defeat at the hands of their rivals and with doubts over the fitness of leading scorers Garcia and Tom Janicot.
Garcia looked in good shape, though, as Bath quietened a usually vocal home team by taking a 22-15 lead in the first quarter.
A poor ten-minute spell in the second, however, saw Middlesex come back to go into half-time 39-35 up.
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Bath picked themselves up after the interval but Janicot had to retire and that, coupled with the arrival of Middlesex's most physical player, meant doubts started to creep in for the visitors.
Mills was in hot form for Bath – hitting his first eight points of the season in two minutes – but a lack of confidence on the ball led to the hosts taking the final quarter in convincing fashion.
Bath's points scorers were Garcia (30), Riley (15), Mills (8), Janicot (7), Bridge (6), Cieply (6), Rovira (5) and Martin Hulme (5).
The combined Bath University/Trowbridge A side toppled West of England Basketball Association Division 1 leaders Lockleaze Renegades with a 82-66 home win at the Founders Hall.
The home side started at a high tempo, with an early burst of points coming from Hulme and Chris Jones. As the game developed, Bath had their hands full in competing with the athleticism and experience of the Lockleaze opposition but still led by 13 points at half-time.
Lockleaze tired in the final quarter and struggled to cope with Bath's pace as Hulme finished with a career-high 23 points.