St Bonaventure’s triumph in Jr. NBA Basketball England League final to claim title

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 June 2018

St Bonaventure's celebrate after winning the Jr. NBA Basketball England League co-ed final (pic: Jr. NBA Basketball England League)

St Bonaventure's celebrate after winning the Jr. NBA Basketball England League co-ed final (pic: Jr. NBA Basketball England League)


Newham school, representing Indiana Pacers, triumphed in final over Christ’s School

St Bonaventure’s had plenty to celebrate after being crowned Jr. NBA Basketball England League co-ed champions.

The Newham school, who were representing NBA side Indiana Pacers, won both of their matches at last week’s finals at the UEL SportsDock to triumph.

Eight schools were in attendance in total, with the girls’ champions also decided on the day.

Ahead of the Finals, all the players from the eight schools took part in a skills clinic and a question and answer session with Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris.

Also in attendance were Jr. NBA League players Marc Mendoza and Oluwademilade Dada of Newham Youngbloods who had recently taken part in the Jr. NBA World Championship Europe Camp in Slovenia.

In the semi-finals, St Bonaventure’s defeated Bishop Challoner, representing Washington Wizards, before going on to beat Christ’s School, representing Denver Nuggets, 34-26 in the final.

And coach Jon Robinson was delighted with the displays from the youngsters on their way to becoming champions.

“We had some good performances. Against Christ’s School, we were down at half time, but managed to come back,” said Robinson.

“I think our strength in depth really helped us. I think we developed a lot of good players and the other team had a few good players, but they ran out of gas and we managed to take it home for victory.

“It’s the second time as a school that we have won it. We went out last year to the same school, so it was good to come back and beat them.”

St Bonaventure’s student Domas Vazgys was equally pleased to triumph and believes the squad will benefit greatly from their pariticipation in the competition.

“It’s been a good learning experience, because although the other teams might not be on our level, we still practice lots of different moves and different plays, and that helped us today.”

The Jr. NBA Basketball England League aims to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.

As part of the NBA’s efforts to grow the game in the UK, New York Knicks will face Washington Wizards at The O2 on January 17 in the NBA London Game 2019.

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