Boys Madrid Tour | Game 1Reports

U14 Development vs Tres Cantos 2005′

The perfect start…

From start to finish in game 1, the boys gave there absolute best efforts both defensively and offensively, creating ecstatic energy and encouragement for one another. This has really set the tone for the rest of our tour practices and games.

The first half was our chance to get a feel of the different style of basketball that is played in Spain, and how we would adapt to it… this was a quick turn around for us as at the end of 1st quarter it was a tied game and by halftime we was up by 11.

The second half was where we really controlled the game, playing in the way we wanted to play and putting all the things I had spoke about into action, this was really pleasing to see. We finished on top with a 32pt win, 53-21.

Here are few quotes from the boys:
“It was good to start the tour on a win” – Freddie Fenwick.

“We have bonded really quickly” – Alastair McGregor.

“We came together as a team to bag in the win” – Harry Lupton.

Tomorrow’s a new day, but with the same goal…

Scorers: Kimani Jack (16pts), Tristan Barrie (12pts), Lewis Charles (8pts)

U14 Elite V Tres Cantos 

A tough first test!

The boys were extremely excited for their first match in Madrid and it showed straight as we took the lead in the first quarter. Through great defensive pressure and executing our fast transition game. In the second quarter we crashed the board extremely well but struggled to capitalise and at half time we were down 18-24.
It seemed that the days events had taken its toll on the players as they looked fatigued. Also some impressive play from tres cantos as the score was 29-42 after the third. Then we found it tough to get back even though the players were playing with a lot of intensity. The final score ended 45-62. A lot of lessons learnt from the game and the boys realised it will take a lot more team play just as the tres cantos players showed. We look forward to our next test!

U15 V Tres Cantos

A tough opening game for the boys suffering a 30-90 loss against a very disciplined and drilled Tres Cantos team . Lots to take away for all the boys . Tres Cantos were relentless with their transition offence and played an aggressive full court press . Nevertheless the guards handled the pressure well and the team battled to the end . Work needed on our transition , help defence and passing on offence . Hopefully the boys can work on this tomorrow and come back fighting.

U16 V Tres Cantos

The u16 Russell hoops team played against Tres Cantos today in their first game of the tour. It was a tough match up for them as the Spanish team were much more mature then them and had obviously been playing together for a long time. In the first half the home team came out firing and Russell hoops went down 34-8. After half time some impressive scoring from Jay Chitolie meant RH doubled their score with 8 points in the third quarter. Unfortunately the home team were too strong and finished the game with a 56-21 win. After reflecting with Coach Billy the boys have some key points to bring forward into tomorrow’s game and are looking forward to the challenge. Jay led with 8 points and Matt Offeh supported him with 6 points of his own.