Under 16 Boys returned to action this week as they played two games. A rare midweek fixture saw them pitting themselves against neighbouring borough team Barking and Dagenham Thunder, as they looked to improve on their team performances ahead of the final stage of the season.
Youngblood’s started the game at fast pace, getting onto the score sheet from the first possession as David Olupitan scoring a 3pt shot from his first shot, quickly followed by scores from Laja Ogidan and Termon Serrant as they built up a solid 11-0 lead forcing Barking and Dagenham to take a timeout. Devante Abana-Odita added to the onslaught as Barking Dagenham failed to convert any chances. Richmond Ariyo joined in on the action and netted the next 8 points as we approached midway through the first period with the scores 29-0 at this stage. James Walsh-Roche quickly made himself at home following his transfer from local rivals NASSA as he scored in transition. Titas Zydelis and Gabriel Sanni came into to play also converting their chances as they closed out the first quarter with a 45-5 score line.
Youngblood’s began to run through the motions over the next three-quarters putting into practice and attempting new things in order to prepare themselves for the weekend ahead. Shequell Roberts joined into proceedings following his great defensive effort and was reward with points in transition as he stole the ball and closed out the second quarter with Youngblood’s in the lead 63-9.
The home side carried on with proceedings in the third quarter as they continued to work on their offensive and defensive games, as they played man to man throughout as Idriss Bah dominated the boards and scored as he posted up as well as Jonathan Odur scoring in transition ensured that all the Newham Youngblood’s players had scored in the game, with the third quarter ending in the favour of Newham Youngblood’s 94-15.
Early on in the Fourth Quarter, Youngblood’s passed the century mark and continued to run through their offences successfully. Great defensive stops from Abana-Odita and Ogidan gave Youngblood’s further impetuous for attack as the Home-side closed out the game when Shequell Roberts nailed a three point shot from beyond the arc as they came out victorious with a blistering scoreline of 126-25.
“Today was a good all-around team performance which they probably felt was needed as we didn’t play well against Reading Rockets last week.” Said Head Coach Aaron Senior
On Saturday, Youngbloods stormed to victory against Solent Kestrels winning 106-57 after a 38-9 opening quarter effort.