Newham basketball teams make Youth Games finals in style
PUBLISHED: 17:38 01 June 2011
Newham have qualified for the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games boys’ and girls’ basketball finals after some highly competitive qualifying rounds at SCORE Sport Centre, Leyton at the weekend.
Both teams will now line up in the final four of their respective competitions at the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace on Saturday, July 2.
On Saturday, it was the turn of the girls and in qualifying Group C, they were impressive victors, beating Croydon 24-10, Brent 24-6 and Barnet 19-8. In the quarter-finals, they raised their game to a new level and swept aside Hounslow 32-10.
The boys’ team (below) took to the court in Group E on Sunday and they demonstrated tremendous composure as they came through a tight group unbeaten, earning victories over Ealing 26-19, Merton 24-18, Barnet 24-18 and Bexley 47-5. In the quarter-finals, they faced a stern test against Ealing, but were good value for their 29-20 win.
Steven Onireti, team manager of the Newham boys’ team, said: “After last year, where we reached the semi-finals, but didn’t make it to the final, we were confident we could make it through again.”
Caroline Charles, Team Manager of the Newham girls’ team said: “I am really pleased for the girls, because they are all so very young and it is the first time in a long while since our female team has reached this far in a tournament.”
The Games basketball competitions are a breeding ground for some of the nation’s leading basketball players.
Great Britain and Chicago Bulls’ captain Luol Deng competed at the London Youth Games in his development years, as did many other members of the GB squads, including the experienced female team member Rosalee Brown.
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