It’s five alive as the basketball sides find their winning touch
PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 December 2011
»Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) celebrated a winning weekend with all five of their teams picking up victories.
The under-13 boys took on Solent Kestrels and it was a game they dominated from the off.
Enock Denkyirah set the scene, while Sam Kato was on hand to net several baskets.
Good steals from Daniel Montero and effective rebound skills from Rhys Butler and John Manzon made sure that NASSA kept possession of the ball, while Christopher Cruz and Luke McCarfy presented a formidable defence as they went on to secure an easy 71-17 win.
The under-15s also had a comfortable victory over Reading Rockets, after NASSA opened up a 40-basket lead after the second quarter.
They were unrelenting on the opposition as they continued to net basket after basket on their way to a 107-28 victory.
NASSA continued their winning streak with the under-16s defeating Brentwood Fire.
During the second half the NASSA team concentrated on refining their game, demonstrating some effective defensive skills by Myles Laurent-Smart, Joe Mvezolo and Michael Ebose. It was a closely fought game but NASSA had the edge over the Fire and maintained the lead throughout the game to win 90-71.
The men’s D3 team made it four wins from four, as they edged past London Pioneers.
It was a 12-point game for most of the first and second quarter but by the end of the third, NASSA begin to establish a good lead.
They continued to keep the pressure on right up to the final whistle and edged ahead to take the game by 77 baskets to 73.
And NASSA Stars Division Two women’s team completed the quintet of wins, after they established a 22-point lead by the end of the second quarter against Sevenoaks Suns II.
The Stars began to claw their way back into the game, but solid defensive work from Fatuma Lwazi, Vanessa Da-Silva and Arleene Rodriguez helped them go on to record a 67-33 win.
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