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Double delight for NASSA as Heat are burned

PUBLISHED: 11:51 13 October 2011

The NASSA boys pose for the cameras with what looks like a mascot in front!

The NASSA boys pose for the cameras with what looks like a mascot in front!

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Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) D3 senior National League men’s basketball team were on top form this weekend as they celebrated a great double-header with two game wins.

In their first game against Hackney White Heat, NASSA won by 78 baskets to 71.

The game began well for NASSA and they established an early lead of eight points but this was cut back to just two points in the third quarter.

However, the team pulled together to bring the game back on track with Jeff Danche collecting 26 points, Damien Lyons and Will Ashby both scoring 12 points and, by the end of the game, NASSA had secured the win by 78 baskets to 71.

Next up was a cup game on NASSA’s home court at Rokeby School, Canning Town against Medway Park Crusaders’ Division One team.

This game was much more closely fought and with both teams matching each other point for point, the first half ended with 34 baskets each.

The third quarter saw NASSA return to the court refreshed and ready for the challenge.

Ladi Brown and Bruno Klavins made an excellent team effort and kept the baskets coming in.

Great rebounds from Bruno Klavins, Danche and Josh Oladimeji helped NASSA to keep possession and Crusaders saw their attempts to drive to the basket frustrated by the superior defensive skills of NASSA.

The fourth quarter saw NASSA continue to steam ahead and close the game with a three-point victory with 78 baskets to 75.

Meanwhile, NASSA under-14 boys travelled to Peckham Pride.

NASSA made full use of their passing to keep the ball away from the opposition and by half time it was clear the game was in the bag.

In the second half, the NASSA team concentrated on refining their game, demonstrating some effective defensive skills from Calvin Kintu, Jonathan James and Ritys Balciunas.

By the end of the fourth quarter they had secured a comfortable win with a final score of 71 baskets to 57.

NASSA under-16s travelled to Solent Kestrels and secured a win of 67 baskets to 49.


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