Sphinx WeeCap

Last weekend two home games were played by both our Men’s and Ladies’ First team! Let’s see how everything worked out for them, it’s time for another #SphinxWeeCaps!!

Friday 24-3 19:00 | BV Sphinx DS1 – Landstede Basketbal ZAC DS2 (66 – 30)
Sonia: Although we didn’t play well, we won 66-30. We started playing too slow basketball. We knew that the opponent was the last in the league, but instead of destroying them from the first minute, we adapted to their slow play. We scored very few points in the first half and our defense wasn’t intense. But the shouts of coach Patinios in the half-time were useful and the game changed. We improved our offense and defense in the third quarter. And in the last quarter we played like we know and we scored 26 points.

Friday 24-3 21:00 | BV Sphinx HS1 – JRC HS1 (79 – 58)
Sphinx Men’s 1st seems back on track in win against JRC Boxtel. Friday evening we played JRC Boxtel at home. Since we played horrible and lost the away game against them, we were very eagered to win this game. We started sharp and by playing intense defense we took an early lead. We managed to hold on to this lead throughout the first half, which made that we had a lead of about 15 points at halftime. The second half we started sloppy, allowing them to get back in the game. However, after some timeouts we got it back together and played out the game with relative ease. Final score: 79-58

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Sphinx WeeCap

Slowly but surely we are approaching the end of the season, and it’s proving to be a successful year once again! Three away games were played last weekend, let’s see what our coaches and players had to say about it: (spoiler alert: all wins!)

Saturday 18-3 14:00 | SV Twello HS1 – Sphinx HS2 (43 – 63)
Giannis: Sphinx HS2 won again this weekend; this time against SV Twello HS1! The game started ideally for our team ending the first quarter with score 20-1!!! However, for the rest of the game the opponent team changed its defense from man to man to zone which made us nervous in offense finding not easy way to the basket! Although the team from Twello was hoping to reach us in the score the score difference that we built in the first quarter allowed us to control the pace of the game! The final buzzer found us winning another game by 20 points!

Saturday 18-3 18:00 | B.V. Isala DS 1 – Sphinx DS1 (30 – 75)
Sonia: Just looking at the score (30 – 75) it is clear that it was an easy game for Sphinx ladies. We started strong, without letting the opponent score. Then, they improved and began to score some points (still without reaching us). They also tried to stop us with different defenses. But we played much better (including stealing the ball, fast breaks, layups and 3-pointers), so we destroyed them. We all enjoyed the game and our intensity didn’t go down. Our communication is getting better, and this is reflected in a good defense and coordinated offense.

Sunday 19-3 14:00 | BV Wyba HS2 – Sphinx HS1 (74 – 86) 
Bram: A W for Sphinx Men’s 1st in Wijchen. After two consecutive losses, Men’s 1st was eager to turn things around against Wyba Hs2 from Wijchen (next to Nijmegen). They stood rather low in the ranking, but from the previous game we knew they were not a bad team and besides that, we were only with 7 players so we did not expect an easy game. We started therefore sharp, quickly building a lead of about 15 points by sharing the ball a lot and playing active defense. However, in the second quarter our defense and defensive rebounding began to slack, but because of our offense we clanged onto the 15 point lead at halftime. In the second half we had a phase of inconsistent play, allowing the lead to be reduced to single digits, but the W never came in jeopardy. The final score was 74-86. Highly notable was the outstanding performance of Damiël, scoring a game-(and probably season-)high 40 points! Coming Friday we are looking to continue our winning streak at home against JRC.

This weekend will be packed with home games! On Friday, both the Men’s and Ladies first will play at respectively 19:00 and 21:00. Both teams are in the top regions of the competition, and are looking to sustain their position or even trying to move up the ladder! On Saturday, the highlight of the weekend will be taking place. At 14:00, Sphinx HS2 will play their championship against the runner-up, WSV Apeldoorn! It’s going to be a hard-fought game, please be there to show your support! Go Sphinx!!!

Sphinx WeeCap

Last weekend we played some close and exhilarating games, again some coaches and players summarized it for you so you don’t have to miss a thing!

Friday 10-3 19:00 | Sphinx HS2 – Black Stars HS1 (72 – 48)
Giannis: Sphinx HS2 made an emphatic win in the league winning Black stars HS1 with 24 points difference! The players of Sphinx were decisive to not let the opponents any chance of competing them. Sphinx started strong in the game making a lot more of free shots against the zone defence of Rhenen’s team! However, the opponents managed to be close to the score passing the ball to their centers scoring under the basket or taking free throws! Although, managed to control the game until the end! Even though Black Stars had the opportunity to reach the score by shooting in total 43!!!! free throws!!!! One more win for Sphinx HS2 to the road of the Championship!

Friday 10-3 21:00 | Sphinx DS1 – B.A.S. DS1 (63 – 61)
Sonia: It was a deserved win for the Sphinx ladies against the number one of the league. We started focused and leading the game. Although our opponent didn’t make it easy, we managed to go ahead during the whole game. The offense was coordinated and we scored both layups and shots. And it was also important that we were able to stop their good players with our intense defense. However, the accumulation of fouls was a problem. The end of the game was difficult, but our effort and your support led us to win (63-61). In this exciting game we had nothing to lose, because the opponent would keep its leading position. But we showed how our team had improved throughout the season.

Saturday 11-3 14:00 | Sphinx HS1 – EVBV Octopus HS1 (83 – 89)
Bram: Another disappointing loss for Sphinx men’s 1st. After impressive and inspiring wins for both the men’s 2nd and the Ladies 1st (a big shoutout to these teams!), we were determined to continue the victorious weekend against the nr.2 in our league, Octopus from Vught. Offensively we did put this fairly well into practise, but defensively we did a very lousy job (as the final score reveals). Especially our defensive rebounding and communication in defense was miserable. Moreover, we basically gave away the game by blowing a 7 point lead in the final 5 minutes of the fourth quarter (not to discredit Octopus, they deserved the win). This is the first time this season that we suffer consecutive losses, so obviously we have to do better. We are however still very determined to turn things around and plan to do so coming Sunday in the away game against Wyba.

Saturday 11-3 14:15 | Dedein HS2 – Sphinx HS3 (64 – 52)
Théo: Even if we only had 7 players, the game started out quite evenly with Sphinx H3 being down only by 3 at the half. However, they began to pull away due to their center who Sphinx was not able to contain and were up by 9 at the end of the 3rd. Sphinx hit a number of open 3 pointers after great ball movement to bring it within two but that was the closest we got as they pulled away thanks to 2 of our centers fouling out. Overall I was pleased with the teams play as everyone contributed to this game.

Sphinx WeeCap

What’s up basketball fans! It’s been a while, but since the season is approaching its climax rapidly we believe it’s time for another #SphinxWeeCaps ! To give an even better overview of what happened last weekend we asked some of the coaches and players to give a recap of the games, enjoy!

Friday 3-3 20:00 | Sphinx HS3 – Pigeons HS2 (39 – 65):
Théo: This game saw a great team effort as well as contribution from every player against a very physical team. Offensively the team generated great looks however shots were not falling. Good defense kept us in the game until half time where they started to pull away. The final score of 39-65 did not reflect how well the 3rd team played.
On a final note, I am very happy with how the team has been training and playing as I can see improvements in focus, commitment, team spirit, as well as actual basketball play

Friday 3-3 21:30 | Tantalus HS1 – Sphinx HS1 (72 – 62):
Bram: A disappointing night for Sphinx men’s 1. Friday evening we traveled to Eindhoven to play against Tantalus. It promised to be an exciting game since it was nr.3 of the ranking (us) against the nr. 4 (them). We got off to a fairly good start, but soon we started playing sloppy and uncoordinated. This made that we lacked behind by 7 at halftime. We tried to turn the tide in the second half, but couldn’t find our rhythm and kept on making mistakes, which made us lose by 10 in the end. This ugly loss gave us a lot to think about and work on, which we will definitely do, starting this week. Coming Saturday we play against the nr.2 and we are very motivated to bounce back and play like Sphinx’ basketball again! All support is more than welcome, so see you all Saturday at 14 o’clock in the Bongerd!

Saturday 4-3 18:00 | Pluto HS1 – Sphinx HS2 (47 – 69):
Giannis: Sphinx HS2 continued its winning run, this time against Pluto HS1! We started playing very focused in the first quarter managing to find ways to score against the zone defense of the opponents! We made some free shots building important score difference in the first half! This difference helped us to keep the pace the game!
However, in the beginning of the second half we lost our concentration in defense in result the other team to reach us in the score! At the same time, we could not find easy way to basket making difficult to keep up with scoring as the first half!
In the last quarter we improved our defense managing to steal some balls and scoring in the fast break! All these led to another victory!

Saturday 4-3 20:00 | Rebound ’73 DS1 – Sphinx DS1 (26 – 86):
Sonia: Last Saturday, Sphinx Ladies won against Rebound ’73. Although at the beginning the score was equalized, as soon as our team woke up, we started to score many points and to improve our defense. The difference in the score became even bigger when the other team made the mistake of changing their zone defense to man-to-man defense. Even though the court was small and their fans were annoying, we managed to destroy them and the game ended with 26 – 86. It was a nice game, with good plays, keeping the intensity until the end and getting ready for the next game against B.A.S., the number one in the league.

This weekend we have a couple of exciting games in prospect. Friday night both the second and the ladies team will have extremely important matches at home (19:00 & 21:00). Saturday afternoon at 14:00 the Men’s first will play at home and the third team will travel to Didam to play Dedein. It would be amazing to have you guys there since we can use the support! Go Sphinx!