Youngblood’s returned home this weekend following on from last weekends array of away games, with many exiting matchups ahead for the clubs teams and this proved to be a great weekend as many wins across our age groups.
Saturday 6th December 2014
Under 13 Boys
Youngbloods 78 Brentwood Leopards 41
The First encounter between these two evenly matched sides was always going to be a though encounter. Brentwood’s records so far have seen them win 5 games from eight and are looking better and better each game. The game plan from Nitro was to maintain their strong start and run their fast breaks.
Youngbloods played this match at St. Angela’s due to exams been held at St. Bonaventures Sports Hall. The game got on the way with Alex, Daniel, Franklin, Nathan and Gustas starting for the Nitros, Nathan had a good start driving through the hearts of Brentwood defence and drawing the foul. Free-throws were an issue in the past but not today as we scored over 60% on the day. Gustas and Alex went on a scoring rant and at the end Gustas scored with a wonderful lay-up late on to end the quarter 18-9.
The second quarter was much of the same as the Nitros continues their high point production. There were more points coming from Franklin and Alex but the high light of the second quarter as a nicely drawn out play from Coach Stephen for young Lucas who nailed his first ever 3 point shot of the season to the elation of his family and supporters. At half time Nitros were cruising with a 18 point lead.
Latrell Marson missed the first half of the game but started the second and strait away showed he’s dominance on both ends of the court. The team looked pumped up and were playing with higher energy scoring 10 unanswered points. Full court pressure helped increase their lead by 16 more points.
Fourth Quarter saw the Nitro go into cruise mode that lead to Marcus, Daniel and Ja’den getting on the score sheet. This was another dazzling display by the Nitro who were now on the verge of win number 8 of the season, Final score 78-41.
Under 15 Boys
Youngbloods 64 NASSA 78
Under 18 Women
Youngbloods 78 Southend Swifts 41
The second game against Southend Swifts was to prove to be all bark and no bite. Youngblood’s Amazons had thrown their previous game against the swifts away and Coach Caroline made it abundantly clear that there was to be no repeat of the previous game.
The Swifts were looking to keep their undefeated run against Youngblood’s Amazons in the league. However from the Jump ball Youngblood’s played intense Basketball and would not surrender any space to the Swifts, Swifts found it hard to get anyway near to the basket and Youngblood’s finished the 1st quarter 16-9, showing that the Amazons were focused and ready to play. Swifts tried again and again to come back, Evelyn Adebayo was soul destroying in the paint absolutely dominating the interior in the 2nd quarter.
The 3rd quarter began in similar fashion to the 1st, as the Youngblood extended their lead to 24 points after a 30-14 run in the 3rd quarter. With the score 64-40 going into the final quarter, the Youngblood’s Amazons came out and maintained their defensive intensity and continued to display a balanced attack on the offensive end. The final score was 78-41 and the entire bench playing in a productive team manner, which will be an asset for the Amazons going forward, as we continue to improve as a team.
Sunday 7th December 2014
Under 14 Boys
Youngbloods 75 Haringey Hawks 68
An eagerly anticipated game between two rival teams turned into a dominating spectacle for the young Acers. Hawks over the years have produced some amazing teams that have gone on to make final 4. This was a fresh start for them coming off a season break. They were determined to stake their dominance back in the league.
The game didn’t start as planned for the Acers as the Hawks took a commanding lead early on ripping thought the Acers defence like a train. Hawks scored 14 unanswered points before the Acers took a hold of things. Foul trouble meant the Acers had to rotate players on and off. Half way through the first Acers started to fight back with Laja stepping up with some slick post moves followed by big Alex getting aggressive on defence to reduce the deficit.
Unfortunately for the Hawks that would be the closest they would get to a lead as we enter the second quarter the Acers began to find cracks in the Hawks defence with Simon leading the charge supported by Great scoring off a fast break. More contributions from Richmond Ariyo and Alex Distras help extend the lead.
At the third quarter Coach Stephen urged the team to fight harder and close down the Hawks relentless drives to our basket. The players didn’t take their foot off the gas as they defended better slowing down the Hawks. Some impressive defensive blocks by big Alex was key to limiting the opponent to only 10 points as we took a commanding 15 point lead going into the fourth.
Final quarter and the Acers were close to an impressive win if they could only maintain their advantage. There were shouts of Zone defence being played by the home side to response of the referee who gave several warning to Coach Stephen. This slowed down the Acers allowing the Hawks easy access to the baskets. There was only 3 points in it with 2 min to go when Simon listened to Coaches defensive tactics as he took two Charges that stopped the Hawks in their stride. Acers called a time out and created a play for Laja which he executed to perfection. An impressive win for the home said, they have now pushed up the league table. Next two games are pivotal to the Acers, Pioneers South and NASSA.
Under 16 Boys
Youngbloods 80 Kingston Wildcats 53
The Youngbloods Under 16 Boys league action continued on Sunday as they faced Kingston Wildcats in the opening game at St Angela’s. Youngbloods Under 16s were short handed as injury and illness played their part, as the game tipped off Kingston started off the better side as they went on a 5-0 run at the beginning of the first. However, Nathan Moyo hit back with a made shot as he was fouled and converted from the line, with a Big three from Jonathan Ragasa soon after giving Youngbloods the lead of the game as they pushed ahead and established a 14-7 lead half way through the first quarter. Youngbloods continued to get to the basket, attacking strong and getting fouled however failed to convert from the free throw line allowing Kingston to close the gap, giving the home team a four point lead at the end of the first 19-15.
Youngbloods picked up the tempo heading into the second quarter as they looked to establish a commanding lead, scoring three back to back layups to steer clear ahead of Kingston by 8 as Newham began to punish the Wildcats for their mistakes, as a shot from beyond the arc by Aaron Martin began a run Youngbloods as they held Kingston scoreless for 7 minutes with Joel Osei and Jelani Lewis combining well scoring the next 8 points. Rayon Brown started to take control of the game as he urged for patience and good back to back offences resulting in Kingston fouling on Both occasions. Oscar Turner being fouled as he attacked the basket and converted a free throw, with Brown finding a clear path the basket as he was fouled converting both from the charity stripe, then soon after finding Alfie Murray to cap a 28-12 second quarter giving Youngbloods a commanding 22 point lead at half time.
More of the same ensued in the next half, as Youngbloods beginning to find their rhythm, attacking the basket and controlling the play well, converting their chances from the free throw line as well as they built upon their first half performance, coming out on top at the end of the third with the score 62-37, giving Youngbloods the pathway to the win the the fourth quarter as they closed out the game to Win 80-53, ensuring that Youngbloods remained perfect within the Basketball England South Premier Division thus far with a 9-0 record, as they go away to Solent, Southampton next weekend.
Head Coach Aaron Senior said “This was a good Team win, when we played unselfish, we had great plays offensively and this showed in the points spread, all players had more than 5 points today, and that goes a long way in what we are developing. We got to keep working hard in training, as the season keeps progressing and getting better, we got a long way to go still”
Under 18 Men Cup
Haringey Hawks 78 Youngbloods 86
The Youngblood’s u18 boys offered a helping hand as Haringey lost their venue due to exams, so Youngblood’s offered their court for the game to be played. Haringey took early hold of the game running rampage on Youngblood’s who seemed to be confused and Haringey had the lead 21-16 Coach Caroline Charles who has had to take over coaching the u18 boys due to unforeseen circumstances, was not impressed and in the 2nd quarter changed the players on court and changed the defence, with the hope that this change would inject some intensity. This move seemed to work and Youngblood’s manage to stop Haringey from racing away in the 2nd quarter and keeping the score to 20-21 in the favour of Haringey.
Jonas Antanaitais was shooting well scoring 11 of his 18 points in the 1st quarter and Jerome Porter scoring all his 9 points in the 4th quarter with a fearless show of his shooting range. Cleve Charles lead from the front and rallied the troops to make a charge that rocked the Hawks and Youngblood’s was now only 2 points behind going into the 4th quarter 60-62
Youngblood’s could now feel that the tempo of the game was turning to continue to turn the screws as Haringey started to feel the pressure and began to foul continuously allowing Youngblood’s to go to the free throw line again and again. That paired with the relentless fast breaks saw Youngblood’s winning the 4th quarter 26-16 and giving them the resounding win to the rapturous applauds of the home crowd at St Angela’s.