Another busy weekend for all at Youngbloods, as every team was in action for the first time this season. Our young U13 and u14 players started us off against Brentwood Fire (away) and Greenwhich Titans (Home) Respectively. Whilst both the U15 Boys and U18 Women traveled to sunny Southend to play the Southend Swifts.
Our weekend culminated in two Home Games at St Angelas for the U16 Boys and U18 Men against Worthing Thunder.
Saturday 11th October 2014
Under 13 Boys
Brentwood Fire 52 Vs 63 Youngbloods Nitro
Youngblood travel to Essex to face their toughest challenge yet in Brentwood Fire 1, they started their season with an impressive win over their second team and were looking for a repeat with Youngbloods who also started the season well.
Odds were against the visitors as the line ups favoured Brentwood who won the battle of height and size. Not to be out done Youngbloods turned up in style winning the Tip and gearing in to the lead with points from Alex and Latrell taking it to the home side. They continued their dominance throughout the first quarter securing it by 5points (15-10). 2nd Quarter saw the home side crawl back in to the game with their big man dominating the boards and netting in some points to nick the quarter by 1 point (16 -15), the first quarter Youngbloods has lost this season.
3rd Quarter started better for the visitors with though defence coming from Nathan, Mo and Ali followed by multiple fast breaks scored by Franklin and Latrell. The home side did not back down as their big man continued to cause the visitors problems scoring 8 straight baskets to reduce the deficit. Outstanding plays from Alex backed by aggressive And1 baskets by Latrell ensured Youngbloods stayed on top. The final quarter proved difficult for Youngbloods as changes and substitutions lead to Brentwood crawling back to within 2 points. Youngbloods were tested for the first time and questions were asked of the team, after a time-out was called by a nervy Coach Stephen. The response was positive as start player Alex hitting a 3 pointer followed by Daniel and Latrell scoring back to back layups. The result was a (15-9) quarter win securing victory by 11 points.
Under 14 Boys
Youngbloods Aces 63 Vs 53 Greenwich Titans
Youngbloods hosted Greenwich Titans in their first Home game of the season to take place at St Bonaventures School, with coach Stephen Onireti away with the Under 13 Boys, coach Aaron Senior was deputising looking to get their first win of the season following their opening game 2 weeks prior. Youngbloods won the tip and first quarter was underway, with both teams starting the game with a string of mistakes leading to turnovers and missed opportunities. Midway through the first both teams began to find their strides, and exchanged baskets heading into the first break tied 12-12.
The Youngbloods concentration levels began to slide to start the second quarter allowing the Titans to gain the lead in the game in which they began to take control, however the Aces didn’t let go of the lead easily, ensuring that the score stayed close heading into the half time break down by 3 points, 26-29.
Following the half time break, the Titans came out with high energy and ready to take control of the game, they went on a 10-0 run and leading the game by 13 points midway through the third quarter forcing Coach Senior to take a time out to rally the troops together to get back into firm footing in the game. Lead by Simon and Hussain, Youngbloods began to hustle not allowing any uncontested shots and as a team they began to dominate the boards. The tempo of the game was increased and with the Titans unable to find an answer, Youngbloods managed to pull it back to a 5 point game heading into the remaining quarter.
The final quarter was upon us, and the tempo continued throughout the court quarter not allowing the Titans breathing space and Youngblood’s slowly beginning to show how they should and could have played from the beginning of the game. The defensive intensity began to frustrate the Titans, and the increased confidence from Youngbloods was beginning to show, completing a huge turn around and come from behind victory, winning the final quarter 20-5 and thus winning the game by 10points 63-53.
“The Boys had a very slow start, they showed fighting spirit towards the end, and really wanted to gain their first win of the season, and they had to work for it. The last quarter showed more about what they can do on court, and I am sure it will continue” said stand-in coach Aaron Senior.
Southend Swifts 60 Vs 57 Youngbloods
Southend Swifts 68 Vs 59 Youngbloods
Sunday 12th October 2014
Youngbloods 85 vs 54 Worthing Thunder
The Under 16 boys steam rolled into a second win as many weeks as they were victorious against Worthing Thunder in the Basketball England U16 Boys Premier Division. U16 Boys started the first quarter quickly as Aaron Martin converted the first chance of the game, with the team storming into an early 6-0 lead. Worthing staged a slow comeback before the Youngbloods boys went on another scoring run to secure the first quarter 17-12.
The second quarter began just as the first, with Rayon Brown controlling the point, finding mismatches on the offensive end and exploiting them. The run continued with Worthing forced to take a time-out to find a way back into the game. However, Youngbloods didn’t tire; rotations and defensive adjustments ensured that they kept their lead winning the quarter with strong play and rebounds by Oscar Turner, going into the half time break with a 17 point lead, 43-26.
Worthing struggled to find any rhythm in the 3rd quarter, mainly due to aggressive defence from Newham lead by example from Jelani Watson-Gayle, leading to easy steals and transition baskets, with big three point shots from Jelani Lewis and Jonathan Ragasa putting the game beyond any doubt midway through the third. Youngbloods saw out both quarters with tough rebounds and Lay-ups from Jackson Spielmeyer-Payne and Nathan Moyo, winning the game 85-54.
“This was a good showing for us as a team, we are still coming together, and the performances will begin to show the brand of basketball we want to play for the rest of the season” said Coach Aaron Senior, “We are filled with confidence heading in to a league and cup double header next weekend”
Youngbloods vs Worthing Thunder
Youngbloods u18 continue their journey in the Premier Division with a win over Worthing on their home court at St Angela’s.
With a quick start Youngbloods set their stall with a 8-0 run. Worthing came back with two quick 3 pointers and balanced out the game after the come back the first quarter continued with both teams trading basket for basket. Coach Caroline Charles spoke to the boys and told them they were not playing up to their standard. The boys heeded this reminder and came out firing on all cylinders. Inside plays, penetration and outside shooting had the defence confused and flustered with Youngbloods scoring at will gave Youngbloods a big lead. This tempo continued throughout the 3rd quarter as well.
The 4th quarter saw Worthing find their shooting mark and Worthing staged their comeback, but alas it was too little too late and Youngbloods collected their 3rd win by 20 points.