Youngbloods travelled 5 miles to Essex to face Barking and Dagenham Thunder who were sitting comfortably in 4th place in South II league. Youngbloods were sitting in 7th position and were determined to climb up the table. The first encounter with the Thunder saw the home side take a 10 point win.
Trying to write the wrong of the firs encounter, Youngbloods took and early leads with Axel Fouabi scoring within 2 min. Baskets were traded early on with both teams equally making unforced errors. Half way through the first, Youngbloods went on a 10-0 run lead by Marc Mendoza and Demi Dada. Things stayed the same until Lewis Bennett and Sujan Senrasan showed their brilliance creating easy chances for them selves resulting in a 15-26 led.
More from Youngbloods in the second quarter as Senrasan and Dada were instrumental in executing multiple well-worked fast breaks. Not to be out done, the home side showed signs of not giving up and staying in the game with great shooting from the arc, but It was Youngbloods who finished the better as Marlow Miller grabbing the offensive rebounds and finishing strong, 32-49 at the half.
3rd quarter and the pace from Youngbloods took a turn as the home side pilled in pressure resulting in 8 quick turnovers and forcing a time out by Coach Stephen who wasn’t too pleased. A 5 on 5 off took place, as coach was disappointed with the way Youngbloods started the half, this led to Thunder closing the gap to within 2 points. Momentum was with the home side going into the 4th quarter as they kept up the pressure nailing 2 back to back 3-point shots. It took a determined Mendoza who was outstanding on the day with, 22pts, 7 steals and 11 rebounds to drive at the hart of the Thunder putting the visitors back in front, Backed by Dada who also scored 22pts and added 20 rebounds to seal the deal for Youngbloods 70-82 victory.