It was another busy weekend upon us with most of our players, coaches and fans having to go away with only one Home fixture taking place this past weekend.
Saturday 25th October 2014
Under 13 Boys
Youngbloods Nitro 141 – 10 Thurrock Hornets
Newham Youngbloods recorded a strong 141 to 10 victory over Thurrock Hornets at home.
The Youngbloods had another fantastic all round game. The trio of Franklin, Nathan and Latrell made a huge impact early on ending the first quarter with 33 point to 0.
Daniel and alick reasserted their early dominance by demonstrating good ball movement and decent shooting from range throughout the game. Tenacious work at both ends of the court from Franklin helped the youngbloods edge out their opponents in a gripping encounter from start to finish. Franklin rebounded well, not allowing the Hornets many second chance shots.
The early lead encouraged the home side to give valuable playing time to the team by regularly rotating the bench.
The hornets played with great energy and excellent team spirit. They need to be congratulated for never giving up.
Under 14 Boys
Eastside Eagles 56 – 59 Youngbloods Aces
An eagerly anticipated fixture between two sides that over the years have built a strong relationship. Bragging rights to play for as both sides warmed up intensely.
Acers won the tip to start the first Quarter but looked nervy early on turning the ball over several times going down (6-0). Simon Torres led the way for Youngbloods by driving down the lane, scoring 2 of his game high 23pts. This close affair saw the Eagles nick the quarter 20-16.
The second quarter started with Eagles pilling on the pressure forcing a early time-out by Coach Stephen. In came Alex Distras and strait away made an impact causing problems on both ends on the court putting the Eagles in foul troubles. Free Throws played a big role as the Acers made 70% of their shot snatching the quarter 22-10.
Both teams stepped up their defenses in the third with the home side pushing but couldn’t find a break through. Acers came out playing like they had during the second quarter scoring all their free throws and edging it by 1point 13-12.
Final quarter saw massive serge from the home side scoring 6 unanswered points and stopping the Acers from getting into their stride. Backed by the home supporters and their leading man Jordan Tomlinson the Eagles crawled back and to tie the game with 5 min to go. After a time-out the boys came out with the purpose and confidence of a team that had taken everything the enemy could throw at it and was still winning the battle edging it with a wonderful drive from Simon and with second left defensive effort from captain Stefan helped secure a memorable victory 59-56
Scorers: Simon 23, Alex D 21, Great & Dominic 4, Richmond 3, Alex E & Stefan 2
Under 15 Boys
Hackney White Heat 16 – 88 Youngbloods
Under 15 Boys gain their first win of the season against a talented Hackney team. Youngbloods proved too strong for Hackney with excellent defence and conversion of Hackney’s mistake into points for Youngbloods, making sure that all Youngblood players got on the scoresheet. Final Score: 88-16.
Under 16 Boys
Barking and Dagenham Thunder 54 – 81 Youngbloods
The Under 16 Boys were looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season against East London rivals Barking and Dagenham Thunder at Barking Abbey. The game got off to a slow start by both sides with the thunder first off the mark, with Youngbloods down 5-1 midway through the first. Following a time out by Coach Aaron Senior, the Youngbloods sprung into life going on a 13-2 run with Jelani Watson-Gayle in lethal form, closing the quarter with a shot from downtown giving Youngbloods a 14-9 first quarter lead which they will never relinquished.
The second quarter started with all momentum with Youngbloods with a strong drive to the basket and both free throws made by Rayon Brown helped Youngbloods to maintain there lead with Mark Sotto moments later coming into play a providing a straight 6 points of the bench hitting a shot from beyond the arc and then an and-1 play. Youngbloods closed out the quarter, courtesy to another and-1 play this time by Japhet Mukuna, to win 23-13 heading into the break with a 15 point lead, 22-37.
The Thunder started off the better off the two sides in the second quarter hitting two big three point shots to close the gap to 10 points midway through the third until a Jelani Lewis score sparked a 12-0 run in the last three minutes of the quarter with Youngbloods going into the final quarter with a 20 point lead. Youngbloods built on this lead in the fourth quarter with Alfie Murray and Ify Chuks deputising in the middle ensured Youngbloods maintained their lead with a 16-23 final quarter. Closing out the game with a 27 point win, 54-81 Final Score.
“We didn’t play as well as we know we can play but we had 4 players in double digits again, however its another step in a long season, and another away victory ahead of two tough weekends of play” said U16 Boys Head Coach Aaron Senior
Sunday 26th October 2014
Under 18 Women
Surrey Steelers 39 – 65 Youngbloods
A magnificent 7 Youngbloods u18 girls travelled to Kingston to encounter a 12 strong team. Brenda Kipewu scored three 3’s to help Youngbloods take the lead in the 1st quarter. Shooting from Milene Gama-Vaz, Brenda Kipewu kept the defence busy on the outside while Mya McKenzie and Niaomi McKenzie got busy with work inside the key. With changes of defence and offences, Kingston seemed baffled at times. This win puts Youngbloods at the top of the league.