NASSA enjoy hat-trick of wins to cap a great week
PUBLISHED: 15:30 27 January 2016
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Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) had plenty to cheer last weekend as all three of their teams in action achieved success.
The under-14s were the first to take to the court as they welcomed West Herts Warriors. A tough clash was expected and the home side were not helped by the fact that nine players were unavailable due to injuries.
But it failed to stop NASSA from starting well as they established an early lead which they built upon for the rest of the first quarter.
And the second quarter followed a similar pattern with the hosts in control and extending their lead before the Warriors fought back.
West Herts started to pull closer in the third period as NASSA struggled to add to their tally.
Hard work by the home team high up the court pressured their opponents into making mistakes and it enabled them to finally stretch their lead.
In the end it proved to be crucial as NASSA sealed a 90-74 victory over their West Herts rivals.
The under-16s took part in the second fixture of the weekend and entertained Reading Rockets.
Both teams matched each other at the start, committing a number of fouls between them due to the intensity of the game.
Despite good attempts by each side to break open a lead, at half time it was level at 43-43.
An excellent match developed and the crowd at the University of East London weren’t disappointed after the restart either.
NASSA head coach Kelvin Facey had some strong words for his team and it appeared to do the trick.
The third quarter saw Facey’s side step up their game and deploy some fast breaks which the Rockets failed to handle.
NASSA put pressure on the Reading defence and by the fourth period, it was clear they were the stronger team and that was reflected in the final scoreline.
Newham’s youngsters earned a 77-55 victory after an excellent second-half performance where they attacked and defended brilliantly. “I thought it was a team effort,” reflected NASSA coach Facey.
The men played the final match of the weekend on Sunday looking to make it three wins out of three for the NASSA teams. They made the trip to Brixton for a Division Two fixture and were also on top.
They slowly built a solid lead to come in at half time 48-37 ahead, but Brixton fought back in the third quarter and reduced NASSA’s lead to eight points at one stage.
Under real pressure, both teams started to commit a number of fouls and it was all about which side would hold their nerve in the closing stages.
Fortunately NASSA started to rediscover their form from the first and second quarters to go on and seal the points as they won the final quarter to clinch victory.
A 71-59 win capped a memorable weekend for the club where all three of their sides tasted success.
NASSA are in Patrons Cup action this weekend as they host Liverpool in the semi-final of the competition at the University of East London on Sunday.