Youngbloods new boys are on Fire as they battle to a first victory
PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 November 2011
Newham Youngbloods newly-formed boys’ under-13 team started life with a home victory over Brentwood Fire.
Brentwood had started on top and opened up a lengthy lead in the opening quarter, only for Youngbloods to peg it back to 35 apiece at the end of the second.
Both sides continued to trade basket for basket until the end of the third quarter when the hosts held a two-point lead.
But Aaron Martin proved his worth in the final quarter to guide his team to their first win.
Meanwhile, the boys under-18 side came away with a 96-80 win over Medway Cruisers.
They ended the game with all three of the top scorers.
Mantas Adomaitas (33), Anthony Sisson (32) and Brendon Antwi (16) helped them along the way as they led from the start until the final whistle of the match.
The under-16 girls and boys teams both faced Woking Blackhawks and they came away with varying wins.
The girls were comfortable from the off, opening up a 10-point lead in the opening quarter.
And they kept the momentum throughout the game with Camille Francis scoring 31 points, Athena Smikle 22 and Maria Delgado 16 as they eventually came through 88-36.
The boys were slightly closer, and they started slowly, with a 17-point deficit to claw back after the end of the first quarter.
Their play did improve and at the halfway point they were down by 20 points.
But after some stiff words from coach Emma Omo-Bare the team responded, and after excellent play from Simas Baranauskas and Rakim Yavuel, as well as some quickfire three points shooting from Cleve Charles and Aaron Sabado they were ahead for the first time by two points.
The lead changed several hands in the final quarter until Charles put up a three-point shot to give Youngbloods the lead.
It was one they never relinquished up to the final whistle for a memorable win.
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