U14 Boys Youngbloods Nitros 94 Brentwood Fire 63
The first game of the season for Youngbloods was upon us as they hosted Brentwood Fire at St Bonaventure’s School with both sides short-handed following the Summer break. Youngbloods got off to a great start as Nathan Mburu started proceeding hitting a shot from close range before Alex Distras scored of an attacking drive to basket giving the home side the initial lead 4-0 as Brentwood eventually replied. The two sides began trading baskets before Latrell Marson seized the open drive opportunity as he was fouled whilst going to the basket converting both free throws from the line and Distras following with his own two converted free throws to give Youngbloods an early 7-point lead forcing Brentwood to take a time-out. Following the time out Brentwood reduced the deficit with Youngbloods winning the quarter 19-14 score line.
The second quarter proved to be the turning point as Youngbloods looked to establish their dominance with Distras leading the line as Franklin Agu began to control the boards converting from under the basket following a rebound which sparked a 27-4 run over 7 minutes of play in the second quarter capped by a Gustas Skorobogatovas 3-ball from beyond the arc and Daniel Porter 2 point shot from deep cemented the lead for the Home sides as they continued to rotate players in and out of play. Brentwood managed to hit 6 points without reply over the course of the next two minute as Youngbloods Agu closed out the quarter again with a dominating rebound and put back shot to give Youngbloods 49-24 lead at the half time break.
The third and fourth quarters saw a trade of baskets between both sides, as Youngbloods continued to hold on to their lead established in the first quarter with brilliant team basketball to close out the game and take the first win of the season 94-63.
Coach Aaron Senior said “This was a brilliant performance from the guys, even though we were short on players, each played their hearts out in order to ensure a great start to the season”
U16 Boys Youngbloods 55 Brentwood Fire 38
Youngbloods second game of the day took place at St Angela’s as they too hosted Brentwood Fire looking to take two wins out of two against Brentwood this weekend following the U14s win earlier on in the day. Youngbloods won the tip off and the game was underway with a quick score from David Olupitan with a strong drive to the basket as Brentwood Fire hit back immediately. Menelik Stanley dominated the boards early on as he scored from close range before getting fouled and sinking both free-throws to help the Home side establish a 1-point lead mid-way through the second quarter. Youngbloods continued to exploit the visiting side on initiating fast breaks as Devante Abana capped a strong drive to the basket with a thunderous dunk erupting the crowd in cheers and applause.
Youngbloods continued to cause troubles for visiting side as their strong attacking mind set caused Brentwood to enter foul trouble early on as they struggled to contain the prowess showed by the home team as Youngbloods Termon Serrant controlled proceedings getting to the free throw line on 2 occasions scoring 4 free throws as a result. Youngbloods closed out the quarter with a 15-2 run as Laja Ogidan and Jonathan Odur capping off the 1st quarter with quick scores giving Newham the first quarter lead 23-7 against last season’s U15 Playoff Finalists Brentwood.
Titas Zydelis and Shequell Roberts scored early on in the second quarter to maintain Youngbloods lead in the game as the two sides failing to make their opportunities count this quarter before 13-year-old Alex Distras playing his second game of the day netting a shot from downtown establishing a 20 point lead for the home team, going into the half time break with a 33-15 lead.
The scoring slowed for both sides in the second half as Youngbloods continued to rotate their players, Richmond Ariyo ever-growing in confidence netting four points late on in the fourth quarter as Youngbloods continued to work on their defence and offense and Brentwood proving stubborn to break down. Both sides were error strewed in the fourth quarter. Youngbloods closed out the game as Olupitan and Ogidan hit their shots successfully in the last minute to give the Youngbloods two wins out of two against Brentwood on Saturday and the Under 16 Boys first win of the season 55-38 to go top of the South Premier Division ahead of their local showdown with NASSA next weekend.
“The first quarter was excellent and it gave us the platform to practice what we have been working on, and giving the whole team valuable minutes as every player scored. Getting the first win under our belt in the first game will set us up well for the rest of the season” said Head Coach Aaron Senior