West Brom Basketball Club start pre-season off with a bang

West Brom Basketball Club have got their pre-season preparations off to a flying start, going unbeaten through their opening four games in the West Midlands summer league.

The Black Country side finished fourth in the West Midlands Premier League last season, in what was a successful second season in the top flight.

Working with coach Tim Rudge through their first pre-season, the side have got their summer league started in style.

Opening their account against their West Brom ‘B’ team, the Premier League side cruised to a comfortable 54-40 win, before blitzing Yardley Defenders 76-35 in a stunning defensive showing.

That double win clearly opened the floodgates, as in their third game of the competition Rudge’s side put in another punishing performance, destroying Birmingham Blazers by a whopping 70 points, 96-26.

West Brom gave themselves a chance at off-season silverware in their penultimate game, beating Spartans 61-54, setting up a potential would-be final against Lordswood on the final day of the competition.

The summer league competition is a simple league format with no knock-out stage involved. Only six teams are entered in the off-season contest, with West Brom and Lordswood the only unbeaten sides remaining.

By circumstance, those two sides go head to head on the final day – so should Lordswood go unbeaten in their games against West Bromwich ‘B’ and Yardley Defenders, the game would become a title decider.

West Brom now face an anxious two-week wait until that game, with the clash slated for June 5, tipping off at 9.15pm at Nechells Wellbeing Centre.

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