Youngbloods Lions into last four

PUBLISHED: 10:30 14 December 2016

Newham Youngblood under-16s are into the semi-finals of the National Cup

Newham Youngblood under-16s are into the semi-finals of the National Cup


Newham youngsters prove too good for Birmingham rivals

Newham Youngbloods Lions under-16 boys booked a place in the semi-finals of the National Cup with victory over City of Birmingham at the weekend.

The home side got off to a flying start, in the first-ever meeting between the two sides, to score the first eight points and force Birmingham to call a timeout.

Laja Ogidan and Franklin Agu impressed for Youngbloods early on, along with Alex Distras, and Alex Ariyo produced some great hustle defence.

Birmingham struggled to find a way to the basket, while Orestas Vasilauskas and Marka Sy made massive contributions for Youngbloods as they built an emphatic 30-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Youngbloods continued to dominate, with under-15s Nathan Katranka, Nathan Mburu and Teon Boente-Edwards showing promise for the future, and eventually ran out winners by a resounding 107-62 margin.

The Newham youngsters face a trip to London rivals Haringey Hawks on January 29, hoping to advance to the final, and head coach Aaron Senior said: “This was a dominant performance from the boys, and we showed our class. They are developing and gelling as a team well and this is being displayed in our performances.”

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