Youngbloods teams returned to action this weekend as the first weekend of fixtures following the Christmas Break with all teams raring to go and start 2015 on a positive note.
Saturday 10th January 2015
Under 13 Boys
Youngbloods Nitro 70 Brentwood Fire 58
After a long Christmas break without adequate training, Newham Youngbloods Nitro’s took to St. Bonaventure’s court looking to prove that they are one of the top team in their division. Brentwood fire were their opponent who gave the Nitro’s a though run in their first meeting back in October.
From the outset Nitro’s played stifling defence pressuring their guards resulting in early turnovers and easy scores. Youngbloods went on a 10-0 run led by Alex Distras and Alejandro Diaz who were outstanding on the day. More defensive efforts by Latrell Marson led to a further 8-2 run forcing a time-out by Brentwood’s Coach. Things got even batter for the Nitro’s when Daniel Porter and Gustus Skorobogatovas added 8 points to a brilliant start. Nitro’s were relentless on both end of the court to close out the quarter 26-9.
Brentwood started the quarter aggressively slowing down the Nitro’s and scoring easy baskets. Complacency and over confidence led to early foul trouble for the home side. A slow and low scoring quarter for the Nitro’s who were held to only 11 points. Nathan Kataraka’s defensive efforts in stopping the best player for Brentwood help the Nitro’s nick the quarter 11-8.
Half time team talk was hardly needed but Coach Stephen must have given them an ear full cause they came out guns blazing. Franklin Agu had a blinding second half as he began showing how much he had improved in such a short time with back to back baskets coupled with some slick post moves to the delight of the home supporters. Brentwood mounted a comeback and ended the quarter better.
Finial quarter played out with Coach Stephen given all his players’ adequate court times. Brentwood took advantage as they started to mount a comeback lead by their star player. Moziah Dunche netted in an amazing shot after a well-executed play to slow down the away side. Brentwood’s amazing end saw them score 26 points to Nitro’s 17. Marcus Dunche looked confident and played really well. Final score 70-58 to Youngbloods.
Under 18 Women
Youngbloods 84 Surrey Steelers 36
On the 10th of January, the Under 18 Womens Basketball team celebrated a great victory winning 84-36 against Surrey Stealers. The first quarter saw Roshni Lawrence open the scoring with a 3 pointer. This was closely followed by a basket from Stealers, Surrey fought back and levelled the score 12-12 half way through the 1st quarter, but a change of defence allowed Youngblood’s to capitalise on Surrey’s mistakes for the Youngblood’s girls to score 12 points unanswered. End of 1st quarter 22-12.
At the start of the second quarter Youngblood’s continued to apply the pressure by changing their offence and defence numerous times to baffle the Stealers. Youngblood’s ran out the second quarter with 22 points and the Stealers could only reply with 6 points. Mya McKenzie scored 7 within quick succession of each other, with baskets also from Jemima Ababio, Brenda Kipewu, Rianna Laing
In the third quarter Maria Delgado found her form and started shooting from around the arc adding to her teams scoring booty, In the final quarter, good Stealers started to put on good defensive blocks, but with Youngblood’s eager to close the game out with their first win of 2015 the girls piled on the pressure, if they didn’t score the first time they refused to leave the basket until they had scored. An Excellent game to watch for the Youngblood’s fan’s as the players showed excellent game play and skills. Coach Charles remarked that the way the girls played today left me positively beaming!