Youngbloods Lions roar against derby rivals
PUBLISHED: 11:30 21 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:06 21 November 2016
Under-16 boys earn bragging rights over NASSA
Newham Youngbloods Lions under-16s got the better of local rivals Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) in their Premier Division derby at the University of East London SportsDock.
Youngbloods raced into an early lead from the opening tip-off, with Orestas Vasilauskas scoring the first two points of the game, with their tally quickly doubled by a Laja Ogidan drive to the basket.
Franklin Agu hustled the ball on defence and went on the offensive to score both free throws after being fouled and Vasiliauskas capped off an 11-0 scoring run with a three-point shot, forcing NASSA to take a timeout.
Youngbloods continued their energetic start as captain Richmond Ariyo attacked the basket and Agu worked hard down low and again forced NASSA to foul, converting once more from the charity stripe.
Vasilauskas, Ariyo and Ogidan continued to battle and brought the opening scoring run to 24 unanswered points in the first seven minutes of play, before NASSA eventually opened their account.
Alex Distras scored soon after to prevent a meaningful run as Youngbloods went into the first break 29-12 up.
Distras began the second quarter as he finished the first, draining a three-point shot from deep beyond the arc and repeating the trick soon after.
Alejandro Diaz-Pulgarin came into the game and had an immediate impact, scoring after a great hustle play, and Diaz-Pulgarin and Distras combined for the next seven points as NASSA continued to struggle with the onslaught.
NASSA hit a three-point shot to bring the game back to within 20 points, but Youngbloods under-14 Joshua Morgan hit back immediately with a trey of his own to restore the gap to 23.
Ogidan and Teon Boente-Edwards battled hard on the glass and were both rewarded, as Boente-Edwards scored and was fouled to end the half with a 48-26 lead.
Ariyo led by example to begin the third quarter along with Agu, as Ariyo slammed the ball home to keep momentum with visiting side.
Gustas Skorobogatovas was introduced, which led to an immediate impact on the offensive end as he attacked the basket to score and was fouled in transition, completing the three-point play from the free throw line.
NASSA’s Hadrian Basilio was not giving up as he nailed a three from downtown, but a Marka Sy score from inside the paint along with a Skorobogatovas three saw the margin at 27 points.
Dalton Bally got the last attack to the basket after a nice move with Diaz-Pulgarin, closing proceedings from the free throw line as Youngbloods maintained their 22-point lead at 70-48.
Orestas hit a three in the first minute of the final quarter and a great defensive stop from Titus Warari led to an easy score as Youngbloods quickly brought their lead to 30 points.
Agu, Sy and Boente-Edwards held firm in defence, before Titus Warari closed out the game for visitors as his three-point shot from the corner sealed a 89-58 win.
Head coach Aaron Senior said: “We had an unbelievable start, the high intensity was key to our performance and the desire to win this battle of two good local teams.
“We executed down the stretch offensively as a team, and that is always crucial in this division and when travelling away.”
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