Under 16 Boys Vs London Thunder II
29th of September 2018
The second game of the season would see the Youngbloods Lions travel to the south of the river to face London Thunder in hopes of making it 2 wins from 2 games. Thunder started their season with a loss to Brentwood Fire and was determined to bounce back up.
It was a scrappy affair in the first 5 min as both team struggled to maintain any rhythm. Turnovers and missed baskets lead to both teams’ only scoring 6 points each. A time-out from coach Stephen changed thing as Captain Edas came to life with multiple fast brakes backed by Roman who charged through the Thunders defence to score 6 quick points to put the lions ahead 11- 24.
More scrappy defence and missed baskets in the second quarter allowed the home side to gain momentum. Man to man defence prove to be an issue for the team. The home side took advantage to win the quarter 18-16.
A revived Youngbloods team came out guns blazing in the third after furious Coach Stephen whose voice of disgust at the team in the second period echoed through the Thunderdome. The team could do no wrong with Marlow scoring back-to-back baskets followed by Edas and Lewis raining 3-point shots from all angles. Mercy also joined the party with a 3-point shot of his own. Everyone got in action including new boy Kaya putting his handball skills to work with great passing and defensive efforts to end the quarter 42 – 70.
With the game pretty much sealed, Coach Stephen rotated the bench in the 4th ensuring all players had adequate minutes and a possible chance to get on the score sheet. The highlight of the game came with Marc going coast to coast to score an acrobatic lay-up much to the delight of his teammates. Youngbloods Lions cruised to victory 58 – 93.
Coach Stephen Onireti said “ The team faced a tougher challenge today and rose to the occasion. There were moments of brilliance but also many areas to improve. The new boys played well and jelled well with the team”