NASSA impress in comeback victory

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 October 2010

THIS WAY UP: The NASSA under-14 boys side proved too strong for Ipswich Tomcats on Saturday.

THIS WAY UP: The NASSA under-14 boys side proved too strong for Ipswich Tomcats on Saturday.


NEWHAM All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) came from behind to secure a dramatic win against Shropshire Warriors at the weekend.

The men’s senior team struggled to find their game for the first two quarters and it didn’t get any better for them in the third quarter as they trailed by 16 baskets.

With one quarter remaining the men finally began to turn the game around and the combined efforts of Wayne Ali, Sam Stiller and Will Ashby began to close the gap and turn the game to NASSA’s advantage.

With everything to play for the NASSA team pressed hard and forced the game to go into overtime and the home team went on to clinch the game by a single point, 88-87.

On Saturday the under-14 boys out gunned the Ipswich Tomcats from the tip off.

NASSA had their opponents chasing shadows as they passed the ball with speed and precision.

With an unassailable lead reached by half time, the boys from Newham knew the win was in the bag.

But they refused to let up in the second half, fusing solid defensive play with ruthless attacking play, as they ran out easy winners – 135 baskets to 36.

The under-15 boys walked away with a win after London Feltham Warriors failed to show and conceded the game giving NASSA 20 points. On Sunday the under-16 boys travelled to the coast to face Southend Scorpions.

The game began with both teams fairly evenly-matched, however, it didn’t take long for the NASSA team to establish themselves as the stronger outfit.

The baskets came fast and strong for the visitors with Alex Semanda, Jeremy Atta-Owusu and William Achaempong all finding the hoop with ease. By the end of the fourth quarter the guests had secured a comfortable win with 130 baskets to 65.

NASSA director Natasha Hart, said: “We had some good results this weekend and I am pleased with the performance of all of our players and coaches.

“Clearly it is still very early in the season and we have a long way to go and a lot of hard work to put in to ensure that our teams become stronger.”

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