NASSA celebrating six super successes
PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 February 2015
Six of the best for Academy from Newham
Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) achieved six wins out of six last weekend to continue their outstanding basketball season across all age groups.
The men’s team secured a narrow win against Reading Rockets, while the under-18s thrashed Sevenoaks Suns.
Greenhouse Pioneers felt the force of the under-16s and the under-15, under-14 and under-13 teams all had emphatic victories against their opponents.
NASSA nearly hit the 100-point mark in the first game of the weekend as the under-13s thrashed Brentwood Fire 99-26.
After establishing an early lead, NASSA stepped up a gear after the break and romped to an impressive 73-point away success.
The under-14s were also on the road and had an excellent result against Eastside Eagles.
NASSA again started well and although the hosts initially fought back, once the visitors regained the lead they were never going to let it slip away and eventually sealed an 83-42 victory.
The under-15s were on home soil and put on a strong show at University of East London’s SportsDock against Hackney White Heat.
NASSA came in at the break 53-19 ahead, but they weren’t finished there and performed excellently after the interval, before they finished with an excellent 101-34 success.
Pioneers hosted the under-16s in a match predicted to be one of the toughest over the weekend.
The two sides are amongst the strongest in London and it was tight from the tip-off as NASSA found themselves behind early on before roaring back to narrowly lead at the midway point.
Strong words from coach Kelvin Facey inspired his NASSA team to a wonderful 76-65 success.
A real team effort helped the under-18s stroll past Sevenoaks 87-50 to keep up the good vibes ahead of the men’s clash with Reading, which proved a tight contest as Wayne Yeboah inspired Newham to a close-fought 84-75 victory.
Yeboah scored 35 points against the Rockets, while Anthony Okereafor added 14 in the hard-fought success.
NASSA director Natasha Hart praised the Academy, but called for them to remain focused.
Hart said: “This weekend has given us the results that we wanted and deserved.
“Our NASSA boys have trained hard and long to prepare for these games and I am very pleased with the outcome.
“We are now approaching the end of the 2015 season and have a lot more work to do with our young players to prepare for the play-offs, but this was a good solid performance.”
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