Busy weekends continue for all our teams on again with 2 games taking place on Saturday and 4 on Sunday which had many great match ups in store.
Saturday 1st November 2014
Under 13 Boys
Southend Scorpions 66 – 67 Youngbloods Nitro
Under 18 Women
Youngbloods 65 – 52 Sevenoaks Suns
Youngblood’s u18 girls had a point to prove against The National Champions Sevenoaks. The Youngblood’s team had never beaten this strong shooting team in any age group at any time. The Youngblood’s team set their game to We will win this, our way!!
The Youngblood’s team put on intense defensives pressure being lead in the defence by Brenda Kipewu in the first quarter and would not allow Sevenoaks to dictate the pace of the game with Naomi McKenzie scoring the first points of the game. Evelyn Adebayo was shooting from the paint and the points were dropping. The Sevenoaks coach could not find an reply from his team and Youngblood’s coming out the leaders with 18 points against the away teams 13.
The 2nd and 3rd Quarters saw Youngblood’s maintain the intense defensive work. Sevenoaks had glimmers of play that looked like a come-back but coach Caroline rallied her group of girls and told to not give an inch in defense Maria Delgado, Chyna Sawyers joined Evelyn Adebayo with the outside shooting and some timely three pointers just added to Sevenoaks misery.
Sevenoaks were completely stumped. As Youngblood’s pulled away and showed what the outcome of the game was going to be in the 4th u16 player Roshni Lawrence added to the Youngbloods tally netting 7 points from deep inside the arc. Sevenoaks lost their first game ever to Youngblood’s on the final whistle 65-52. Coach Caroline commented that the win is a bitter sweet experience, because now that we have beaten the National Champions everyone will be painting a target on Youngblood’s back, so the girls will have to knuckle down and produce this kind of performance throughout the rest of the season.
Sunday 2nd November 2014
Under 14 Boys
Baltic Stars Lituanica Academy 66 – 46 Youngbloods
Under 15 Boys
Thurrock Hornets 59 – 65 Youngbloods
Under 16 Boys
Youngbloods 99 – 72 NASSA
Bragging rights were at stake in the local derby in the Under 16 Boys Premier Division between Youngblood’s and NASSA squaring off at St Angela’s on Sunday. NASSA took the first points of the game and took the initial first 4-0 lead, however this was to be their last lead of the game, two quick baskets in transition capped by a three point play by Rayon Brown gave Youngblood’s the early initiative. A further 6 three points shots in the first quarter a double by Aaron Martin gave Youngblood’s an early 11 point cushion to close the first quarter 30-19.
Japhet Mukuna started off the second quarter scoring with a layup followed by an and-1 play continue Youngbloods fast start to the game. Good defensive presence by Jelani Watson-Gayle and Jonathan Ragasa forced NASSA to turnover the ball leading to easy baskets converted by Ify Chuks. Youngbloods going into the half time break with a 15 point lead., 51-36.
The lead built up further in the third as Youngblood’s began to rotate with Ragasa starting the quarter off in style with an and-1 play cooly converted at the three point line. NASSA’ woes at the free-throw line continued as Youngbloods established a 20 point gap this continued on into the fourth quarter with Youngbloods controlling the game, dispatching any advances from NASSA quickly as Youngbloods won both quarters with Alfie Murray closing out the game 2 points from close range handing NASSA their second loss this season. Youngbloods taking the local bragging rights with a 99-72 win ahead of the National Cup 2nd Round Games against Peckham Pride next weekend.
“We played very good team basketball today, everyone wanted to play for each other and everything is starting to click. We must ensure our high standards do not drop” said Head Coach Aaron Senior