NASSA leave it late to defeat local rivals in National Shield encounter
PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 October 2011
Newham All Star Sports Academy picked up an overtime win over rivals Hackney White Heath in the National Shield.
In Sunday’s clash, they faced their east London rivals.
The game was tight from the off, and the teams match each other point for point throughout the match.
The intensity was high, with a number of fouls being conceded by both teams, and although both attempted to break away in the final quarter the scores were tied 60-60.
In overtime NASSA upped their game, and a combination of solid defensive skills and some strong attacking play saw them edge home 71-66.
Meanwhile, they made the trip to Southampton’s Solent City Smuggles on Saturday and after establishing an early lead never looked back.
The dominated the opening two periods, but struggled to advance their score in the third.
However, in the fourth, they virtually locked down Solent to march into a substantial lead before going on to record a 64 baskets to 48 win.
Elsewhere, the under-13s were able to overcome a slow start to comfortably see off Brentwood by 90 baskets to 50.
The under-14s match against London Greenhouse Pioneers was much tighter, but after establishing an early lead, they never relinquished the advantage to go on and record a 50-41 win.
NASSA’s under-16s made the trip to Bucks Hornets and came away with a resounding 111-71 victory.
The game was close in the first and second quarters, but the visitors were able to breakaway from the Hornets to record the comfortable win.
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