Youngblood Lions leave it late to sink Southwark

PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 February 2017

Youngblood Lions under-18s

Youngblood Lions under-18s


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Youngblood Lions under-18 boys claimed a thrilling last-gasp win over Southwark in their latest South Premier outing at St Angela’s.

The visitors had tied the game on a three-pointer with just four seconds left, before a time out from the Lions and a play for Jonathan Ragasa forced the foul.

Ragasa missed his first shot from the free-throw line, but duly sank the second to give his side the win.

The game had started well for Southwark as they scored at will, but Lions slowed them down and from 13-8 behind they restricted the visitors for the remaining three minutes of the quarter to cut the gap to one at the first break.

Southwark were then held scoreless for the first three minutes of the second quarter as Lions pulled 20-13 ahead, with Ragasa and Rio Webster prominent throughout.

But the visitors rallied to move 33-32 up at half time, only for Lions to move 40-35 up within five minutes of the restart.

The home side would not score again for the rest of the third quarter, though, as Southwark claimed 13 unanswered points to take a 48-40 lead into the final period.

But Lions dug deep, with Johnmark Daramola and Webster instrumental in reducing the deficit, as Juied Ishmael produced some great defensive work.

Then, in an explosive last few seconds, Ragasa went to the free throw line to score the winning basket with one second left to seal a dramatic win for the Youngblood Lions.

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