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It’s Manchester pity as NASSA boys boook semi-final spot

PUBLISHED: 08:25 20 January 2012

NASSA basketball team

NASSA basketball team

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NASSA’s under-16 boys secured a place in the National Cup semi-finals with a 58-50 victory over Manchester in their last-eight tie last weekend.

Only two points separated the teams at half time, as blows were traded in equal measure.

But NASSA stormed 11 points clear at the end of the third quarter and maintained the pressure in the final minutes to seal their progress.

Loe Mvezolo top-scored for NASSA with 18 points, while Michael Ebose scored 15 and Kaspars Baksys chipped in with nine.

The under-15s boy’s team maintained their winning streak by the narrowest of margins, with a 61-60 victory over Peckham Pride at Rokeby School.

NASSA’s resilient defence was the basis for their victory, with Sam Kato, Rytis Balciunas and Jonathan James proving to be the team’s star performers.

There was victory too, for NASSA D3 men, who won 82-56 away to Plymouth Marjon.

The east Londoners were dominant throughout and good value for their victory.

Jeff Denchie was the top-scorer with 21 points, Ladi Brown added 14 points and Scotland international Douglas Bennett scored 13 points.

NASSA director, Natasha Hart, said: “This is another good result for our teams. The players went in with the right mindset and we got the result that we wanted.

“I am pleased with how the teams are developing and am looking forward to the rest of the season.”


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