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Coventry Uni basketball team wins Varsity Trophy against Warwick

Hard-earned: The Coventry University side celebrate with the Varsity trophy.

Coventry University’s basketball team followed up last month’s 65-61 Varsity win over Warwick with a disappointing 96-65 defeat in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championship Cup to Premier League outfit Oxford University last Wednesday.

The defeat at Oxford is a disappointing end to a fabulous season for Coventry that has had American head coach Brian Porth waxing lyrical about the future of the University’s basketball team.

Porth, who coached the university side to eight wins and three losses in all competitions this season, said gaining promotion to the BUCS Premier League from Division 1A has to be the goal for next season after finishing runners-up in their current league for the second year running. Writes Adam Manning…

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Coventry’s Head coach looks beyond Varsity match

Coventry University basketball head coach Brian Porth says he will be using this Sunday’s Varsity match against Warwick to prepare for the side’s BUCS (British University & College Sports) Championship cup tie versus Premier League outfit Oxford later this month.

Coach Porth prepares for a team talk

Coventry head into the game full of confidence after a magnificent league campaign in BUCS Midlands Division 1A saw them finish second with eight wins and two losses.

Last year’s Division 1A champions Warwick will have a point to prove this Sunday, as they finished one place behind Coventry in third and will also want to go into their National Trophy cup game with University of Manchester on a high next Wednesday.

Both sides have one win apiece against each other in the league this season and Porth knows exactly what to expect from them.

“Playing teams three times is always different because you start to get used to each other, and dislike each other a little bit more” said the 25-year-old American. Writes Adam Manning…

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Andrew Davies: ‘How I Write’

COVENTRY STUDENTS were graced with writing royalty as Andrew Davies featured in the second talk of the Coventry Conversations literary festival.

With the theme of the conversation entitled ‘How I Write’ the veteran writer explained his approach to screen writing saying: “I visualise the whole time I’m writing…I picture it very vividly.” Davies’s style of visual writing has seen him land the prestigious Writers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding career. Writes Artlee Mhlanga

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