Newham Youngbloods Lions U16 Boys faced off against City of Birmingham, following Youngbloods 68-52 Win in the previous round mid-week game against Southwark Pride, on the weekend in a Basketball England U16 National Cup Quarter-Final, in the first-ever matchup between the two sides.
The Home Side got off to a flying start scoring the first 8 points of the game, giving Birmingham Coach a frustrated start and forcing him to take a time out. Laja Ogidan and Franklin Agu had a flying start to the game along with Alex Distras and great hustle defence by Richmond Ariyo. This defence continued throughout the first quarter as Birmingham could not find a way in. Orestas Vasilauskas and Marka Sy had massive contributions throughout the remained of the quarter as they limited the visiting side to only 2 points in the first quarter with an end of 1st quarter score 30-2
The boys never looked back from this point as the home side continued their dominance. Titus Warari, Nathan Kataraka, Nathan Mburu and Teon Boente-Edwards showed light for the future as the U15 boys stepped up to the plate and continued the home side’s onslaught. Birmingham struggled to withstand the Newham Youngbloods Lions as they added further scores via Dalton Bally and Emmanuel Oleh who stormed to victory with a 107-62 Scoreline and have now advanced to the Semi-Finals of the Competition.
They will face off against Haringey Hawks away in the new year on the 29 January 2017 in the Semi Finals hoping to advance to the Finals.
Head Coach Aaron Senior “This was a dominant performance from the boys, and we showed our class. They are developing and gelling as a team well and this is being displayed in our performances.”