U14 Development Vs Askdudk 2004′
A great ending…
On our last day of tour, the boys gave their absolute best in practice which followed over into our last game. This was exactly how I wanted the tour round off, putting in a strong performance leaving everything on the floor.
In the first half of the game, straight from the tip we gained a 10 point lead, instigated by Harry and Tristan really getting out and running the floor. With a slight dip towards the end of the first half Askdudk managed to cut it to a 7 point lead.
The second half was by far our best 20mins of the tour so far, every player was engaged, creating that positive energy I have drilled all week. Rebounding efforts by Alastair and Lewis gave us a lot of second chances which we took advantage off. We rounded the game off with 16-0 run to take the game 55-30.
Here are a few quotes from the boys:
“It was the best performance so far” – Lewis Charles
“It felt good to start the tour on a win, and feels even better to finish the tour on a win” – Freddie Fenwick
“Don’t score in the other teams basket” – Kimani Jack
Scorers: Harry Lupton (16pts), Tristan Barrie (14pts), Alastair McGregor (7pts)
U14 Elite Vs CBLR
Being that it was the last day of the tour and we were yet to get a win the team was extremely pumped up for their final game against CBLR.
We started the game very well executing our game plan which was to really push the ball in transition and crash the board! This continued through the second period and at half time we found ourselves trailing by only 4 and the realisation that the win was there for the taking.
The one thing that we had been lacking in the previous games was passion and this was clear both on the court and on the bench and the energy was rising as we battled through the third to have a tie game going into the fourth.
We knew that in order to win the game we had to give every ounce of energy and heart and we were more then ready to do so.
The fourth quarter was extremely tense as both team showed impressive plays on offence with many three pointers and ‘and1’ plays! With 31 seconds to go we trailed by two so coach called a time out. We had to keep our composure and get a defensive stop and then push the ball and find the best possible shot fast. Some great defensive work Freddie led to a steal and with 7 seconds left we sprinted down the floor and managed to draw the foul on Joe’s 3 point shot! There was no more time on the clock and it was down two Joe who managed to make 2/3 to send us in to overtime!
Unfortunately we was unable to hold on as CBLR drained some impressive 3 point shots and the final whistle went! Final score 58-61
Coach Zak said: it has been an absolute pleasure to coach the u14s Elite group this year and I see tons of potential in them all as long as they continue to play with the same passion they had in the final game. I hope the players take on board everything they have learnt in Tres Cantos and they are inspired to start working harder and harder to achieve their goals.
U15 Vs CBLR
What an exciting way to finish off the tour . The u/15s have worked incredibly hard in their game all week and made massive improvements as a team . The match started slow with us winning the first quarter 6-2. The Spanish side fought back in the second but still very low scoring 11-12. The match was tight all the way with Jamie Wheeler sinking a thrilling half court 3 pointer to tie the game to take us into overtime, or so we thought …. The bench heard the final whistle go but the opposition put up their own long range 3 pointer . The crowd were going wild but the referee said it was in time !! Despite this we showed we were winners with great effort from each and every player and fantastic support from all the Hoops family . It’s been a fantastic week and it’s been amazing to watch the boys work hard on their game and make great friends .
U16 Vs Tres Cantos
In their final matchup of the tour the Russell Hoops u16 team replayed the u17 Tres Cantos squad.
It was a great opportunity for the team to showcase everything they had learned from the practices, clinics and games prior to this match. The first time the two teams played RH had gone down by 35 points. The players came out swinging and were obviously ready for the challenge. The first half ended 26-23 in favour of Tres Cantos, with every RH player getting into the game and contributing to a brilliant first half effort.
The second half saw a lead change as Felix Vine hit a huge three pointer to put Russell Hoops up one. Although the boys were able to finish the third quarter up two, unfortunately they could not hold on in the end and some sharp shooting from Tres Cantos saw them steal the win in the fourth, final score 59-49
Russell Hoops were led by Matthew Offeh with 10 points, Abdul Wurie and Alex Strickland with 9 points a piece, and Jay Chitolie with 8.
Coach Billy said, “it’s been such a brilliant week here. The format practicing in the morning and then putting what we learnt into action in a game in the afternoon has been huge. The players can evidence their development everyday. I’m so pleased with how the team has done and very thankful that they committed to every single game. Well done guys!”