Magnificent seven years in a row for NASSA basketball stars
PUBLISHED: 14:53 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:53 28 March 2013
The Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) were celebrating this week after securing their place at the National Final Fours basketball competition for the seventh year in a row.
NASSA’s under-13s braved the weather and a tough Manchester Magic team to earn their place at this year’s prestigious event.
A superb effort by Active Newham enabled the team to travel north in difficult conditions, but they found things tough on the court as well against the talented Magic team.
The opening quarter was extremely tight and finished level at 13-13 as both teams drew early fouls.
But NASSA found their feet in the second quarter as they stepped up a gear, whilst some good defence enabled them to battle into a 29-25 lead at half time.
The game was not won at that point though as Magic looked to hit back, but good drives to the basket from Elliott Quail and Dylan MagnifDarbin helped NASSA to maintain a slim lead.
They also saw excellent ball handling and offensive skills from Shaheem Tuvera, Hadrian Mariano Basilio, Benjamin Akyempong, Enock Denkyirah, Devante Abana-Odita and Dion Sealy-Acquah, together with good post work by Demilade Adenuga and Sam Kato.
That seemed to break the spirit of the home side and despite some strong support from their crowd, it was the Newham youngsters who remained in control to run out winners by a 63-47 margin.
NASSA director Natasha Hart was naturally delighted and said: “I’m very happy with this weekend’s results, all of the players worked hard for their wins.
“To get a team to the final four, seven years running is a fantastic achievement. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work from players, coaches, volunteers and parents and supporters and is a wonderful experience to be a part of it.”