Not one but two semi-final places await super NASSA
PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 December 2011
Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) Division Three national league team reached the semi-final of the National Cup after an 80-71 win over Derby Trailblazers.
From the tip off NASSA fell behind and at one stage trailed by 16 points.
The Derby side tried to keep on top but former Brixton star Ladi Brown scored 19 points and former BBL player Jeffery Danchie had 17 as the Division Three team scored 28 points in the final quarter to get the win and a well deserved place in the National Cup semi-finals.
Not content with just one quarter-final win, they made the trip to Taunton in the National Shield and sealed their place in the final four with a 76-59 victory.
NASSA scored the first point of the game and went on to maintain their lead throughout. The baskets continued to flow and strong drives by Brown and Hanif Moncriffe meant that the Tigers struggled to keep up.
They remained focused throughout and were able to keep the Taunton team at bay with an excellent display of defensive skills from Joshua Olademiji, Will Ashby and Obanye Chukwuemeka, while at the other end there were three pointers from Ashby and Moncriffe.
Ladi Brown top scored again with 18 points, with Danchie and Chukwuemeka back on 15.
Head coach Sam Stiller said: “I was really pleased with how the team played. Even though they knew that they had won quite early on, they didn’t slack off and continued to play well demonstrating determination, integrity and good sportsmanship and that is what NASSA is about.”
Meanwhile, the NASSA under-16 boys team took on Milton Keynes Lions and lead from start to finish.
The Lions were limited in the scoring department thanks to the strong defence of NASSA and they soon pressed on.
Led by their captain Myles Laurent-Smart, they increased their lead through Joe Muvezolo, Kevin East and Michael Ebose as they went on to win 94-36.
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