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Basketball: National Cup joy for Newham Youngbloods girls

PUBLISHED: 09:06 05 February 2020 | UPDATED: 09:06 05 February 2020

Newham Youngbloods under-16s celebrate their National Cup success (pic Caroline Charles/Newham Youngbloods)

Newham Youngbloods under-16s celebrate their National Cup success (pic Caroline Charles/Newham Youngbloods)

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Newham Youngbloods under-16 girls lifted the National Cup after a thrilling 65-55 win over Richmond Knights at the weekend.

Leia Edwards scored 17 points and 27 rebounds on her way to the MVP award, while Ines Goryanova had 15 points and nine assists and Fatama Jemmah added 11 points and eight rebounds.

And coach Caroline Charles paid tribute to her players, saying: "The team has been displaced since losing their long-time venue through no fault of their own.

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"The girls have shown so much resilience with all the moves they have had to make. I know they are champions, but now it's official, it's in the archives!

"We have tried to find other venues that would welcome this successful programme in Newham. The only place that has offered us a sustainable home is St Bonaventure's School and they can take huge congrats as part of the reason the girls are National Cup champions."

After a low-scoring first quarter, Youngbloods found their rhythm to pull away from Richmond.

And although the Knights cut the gap to two points in the third quarter, Youngbloods moved through the gears to seal a comfortable win.


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