Youngbloods the pride of London after title win
PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 March 2016
Aaron Senior hails great achievement after his under-16s beat Peckham to finish first
Newham Youngbloods under-16 boys won the South Premier Division at the weekend after a thrilling battle with London rivals Peckham Pride.
Both clubs knew whoever triumphed in the clash would take the title ahead of the play-offs.
Head coach Aaron Senior’s team won the tip, but they failed to convert early pressure before eventually taking a 3-0 advantage.
Peckham levelled before a run of six unanswered points started by David Olupitan gave the hosts a 9-3 lead.
At the end of the first quarter, Youngbloods were slightly in control as they were 15-7 ahead.
The visitors briefly closed the gap in the second before Laja Ogidan and Alex Distras sprung to life.
It forced Peckham into foul trouble and by half time, the home side had a 17-point lead of 37-20.
Youngbloods did start to show signs of laziness in the third as the away team managed to put together a run of eight points without reply.
Ogidan broke that, though, but Peckham continued to have the momentum and coach Senior was forced to take a time-out.
Titas Zydelis converted from close range and this ensured the hosts had a nine-point lead heading into the final quarter.
Both teams traded baskets in the last, but it was Youngbloods that held on for a memorable 74-67 success.
Senior said “This result was amazing for us, the boys were fantastic and showed themselves in a good light.
“To win the South Premier Division title is a great achievement, however, we still have a play-off journey ahead.”
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