Youngbloods Under 16 Boys hosted Ipswich Basketball club on Saturday as both sides set to lock horns once again this season after some great encounters the past 2 seasons. Newham started the brighter of the two sides as they won the opening jump ball which lead to a quick score from Alex Distras quickly followed by Laja Ogidan, a successful three point shot from ipswich brought them straight back before a run of 9 points triggered by Distras’ shot nailed from downtown as David Olupitan and Termon Serrant great hustle plays on defence gave the home side the early initiative as they stormed to a 13-3 early lead forcing the Ipswich coach to take a time out. The timeout gave the visiting side the impetus they needed as they rallied to get back into the contest with 3 scores late in the first to bring them within three points. Distras had plans of his own however as he converted his next two chances to give Youngbloods 18-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
A deep three from Titas Zydelis start the second quarter for Newham as they looked to get a firm grip of the game. Devante Abana-Odita scored fast in transition before providing the outside pass for teammate Shequell Roberts to knock down from beyond the 3 point arc. A great read gave Gabriel Sanni the steal and fast break drive to the basket as he was fouled in transition knocking down both free throws. Great communication and movement on defence gave Youngbloods further control of the game as they stormed to a 20 point lead thanks to Roberts, Ogidan and Abana-Odita connecting well. The great attacking play from the home side help to give Youngbloods a 43-17 half time score.
The third quarter saw both side slow down in their offensive production as careless mistakes from both sides kept it an even affair in their third before Menelik Stanley broke the deadline with a fine finish inside the paint before Jonathan Odur successfully taking advantage of Ipswich’s offensive woes with a score of his own. Serrant ended the third quarter with a 3 point shot following great team ball movement with Newham leading 58-22.
Defensive hustle didn’t stop in the fourth with Richmond Ariyo converting his chances adding to the flurry of points for the home side early on. Airyo, Zydelis and Odur linked up well towards the end of the third quarter as the offenses began to slice through the oppositions defence as the trio netted 10 points in the space of 2 minutes before Idriss Bah capped off proceedings with a basket from close range following a strong rebound as Newham confirmed victory, 85-31 final score.
“The intensity today was magnificent, the played as a team and we simply wanted every ball. There are some improvements to make but today was the best performance of the season so far” said Head Coach Aaron Senior