Another Jam-Packed weekend for the club as our teams all travelled away for their games this weekend, in what proved to be a highly successful weekend for our teams, completing a clean sweep of wins as mid point in the season approaches.
Saturday 29th November 2014
Under 14 Boys
Kent Crusaders 33 Youngbloods 67
Under 15 Boys
Southend Scorpions 60 Youngbloods 101
Hard fixture today as the Crusaders arrived at Southend looking for a win. The starting five of Termon Serrant, Ronan, Francis Mosery, Shakim Vige and Jonathan Odur, were looking to produce a performance that would set the bench mark for the reminder of the match. Coach Stephen Onireti’s team talk was simple (Run, Run, Run) and they did this with multiple fast break assisted by Termon Serrant and finished by Jonathan Odur. Southend had a string of chances early on to come back on level terms but failed to convert, the zone defence by the Crusaders proved too strong for the opposition. Foul trouble and rotation on the other hand helped restore the balance for Southend as they went on a 8-0 run, but Crusaders managed to hang on to nick the quarter 20-17.
In the second quarter Francis Mosery and Shakim Vige went to work on the Southend ‘bigs’ dominating the boards. Idriss Bah came on to give the defence an extra boost in length which proved too much for Southend. Crusaders went on a 12-0 run and were cruising with more and more fast breaks.
Coach Stephen made a few changes in the third quarter which resulted in Southend’s early run. However this didn’t faze the Crusaders as they gathered themselves and performed solidly by dominating the boards and ending the quarter the stronger 28-23.
Moving into the final quarter and with Youngbloods Crusaders leading by 29 point, the boy’s decided to close the game out and reach the 100 points mark. Titas Zyedelis lead the way attacking the paint and scoring some spectacular lay-up’s. Southend gave their all but fell short as they turned the ball over in their efforts. At the dying minute Daniel Ikeyi finally hit a 3 point shoot to get over 100points and secured the win.
Under 16 Boys
Brentwood Fire 75 Youngbloods 76
Youngblood’s Under 16s had a jam-packed weekend as they played Brentwood Fire on Saturday in Shenfield followed by a local-derby on Saturday as they played Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) at UEL SportsDock.
Under 16 Boys travelled away to Brentwood early Saturday afternoon with a heavily rotated squad as they looked to continue their unbeaten run in the Basketball England U16 Boys Southern Premier Division. The 1st quarter began tentative for both sides, as both teams got off to a slow start, with neither team able to find a basket to break the deadlock a couple of minutes into the game with a basket from Jonathan Ragasa for Youngblood’s; however a run for Brentwood fire happened quickly after giving Brentwood a 17-13 Lead at the end of the first. More of the same continued in the second quarter as Youngblood’s failed to get into a good shooting rhythm with the humidity in the sports hall rising beyond normal levels, it began to take a hold on Youngblood’s as they went into the half time break down by 8 points, Brentwood with 28 and Youngblood’s 30.
Youngblood’s came out very aggressive from the outset defensively forcing many turnovers from Brentwood as they looked to get into the lead for the first time since the opening minutes of the game, three 3pt shots in a row by Jonathan Ragasa and two from Rayon Brown helped Youngblood’s establish a 7 point lead heading into the final quarter, Winning the quarter 27-12. Brentwood knew they needed to come out fighting in the final stanza as Youngblood’s were dominant from the outset, however slow play from Youngblood’s with clumsy and unconverted plays offensively and no defensive stops for Newham gave Brentwood the initiative as they brought back the game late on to force overtime to be played. Youngbloods controlled the overtime period from the outset, looking to re-establish their lead, with Nathan Moyo attacking the basket aggressively, and the game was sealed from the free-throw line as Brown was fouled as he drove to the basket, cooly making the first shot, whilst intentionally missing the second shot to allow time to expire and no chance of a timeout by the Home Team. Youngbloods prevailing with 75-76, 1 point win to keep their unbeaten league form going.
Coach Aaron Senior said “This wasn’t our finest display, but we had to show fighting spirit in order to come away with the win. However this game provided minutes to many players in the squad, and it was a team effort that won today’s game”
Under 18 Women
Lewisham Thunder 47 Youngbloods 91
The Youngblood’s u18 girls put on a majestic performance at the Thunderdome in Millwall on Saturday 29th Nov. The team is still trying to get use to the new offences and defences Coach Caroline has given them to do, so the whole game was trial and error, I wanted the team not to get stuck in a rut doing the same thing so there was loads of rotations of the bench and changes in the pace of the game. We started slowly and that seemed to suit Lewisham as they managed to stay with us in the first quarter and Youngblood’s only had the lead by 1 point 16-17.
However with a change of defence and tempo the second quarter saw junior player Roshni Lawrence find her form and help the Youngblood’s team to take a 26-4 second quarter. Lewisham had no answer to the sudden injection of pace and tried their best, to come back, but this was to no avail Rhianna Laing, Camille Francis (back from injury) Evelyn Adebayo, Maria Delgado were all hitting the target with their shots.
The Youngblood ladies had a comfortable lead and continued to work as a team in the 4th quarter to tear the Lewisham offence to shreds and then convert their mistakes into points for Youngblood’s.
Under 18 Men
Kent Crusaders 85 Youngbloods 90
Sunday 30th November 2014
Under 16 Boys
Newham All Star Sports Academy 87 Youngbloods 95
In the second match up between the two local rivals in Newham in one month, Youngblood’s looked to gain the upper-hand and the head to head advantage over their rivals whilst NASSA were looking for revenge after a 27 point loss in the previous game between the two sides.
Youngblood’s and NASSA began the first quarter trading baskets with no team gaining particular advantage in the initial stages, before two quick transition scores from Jelani Watson-Gayle gave Youngblood’s an early lead half way through the first. Nevertheless, NASSA were not going to bow out without a fight, as they converted a big three point shot and two back to back layups as they tied the game. Joel Osei’s strong drive to the basket, followed by a foul, and converted free –throw gave Youngblood’s the upper hand, however another three point shot from NASSA gave them a first quarter lead by 1 point, 27-26.
The two sides started the second quarter trading baskets again, with neither side able to gain the upper hand; However, Nathan Moyo and Rayon Brown had plans of their own as they began to exploit mismatches, and gain a command of the key, giving Youngblood’s the lead heading to half time 52-50.
Youngblood’s changed their defence, and the expressed desire to increase their lead even further, with the emphasis of hustling and attacking play and defensively not allowing penetrations to the basket. Quick points from Aaron Martin and Watson-Gayle aswell as 3 point shot from Brown gave early advantage to Youngblood’s in the third. With Osei and Ify Chuks deputising in the middle, rebounds came aplenty for the visiting side. Bad decisions by NASSA offensively and great reads defensively by Martin gave him 6 points in a row to close out the quarter for Youngblood’s with a 19 point lead giving youngbloods control of the game at the end of the third, as Youngbloods went on to win the game by 8 points 95-87 and local bragging rights as the Youngbloods Under 16 boys win for the second time this month to take the series against their local Opposition, completing a successful weekend as they currently lie top of the Basketball England South Premier Division, with a 8 win 0 Loss record in league play.
Coach Aaron Senior said “Our performance could have been better, but when it mattered especially in the third quarter, we produced great stops and attacking play to gain an advantage, it always good to win local derbies like this one, as we march on to try and seal top spot within the league.”
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