Under 19 Basketball
On Wednesday 23 May, The Bicester School U19 Basketball team took on St Clare’s in the county final. The team were unbeaten heading into the final after having a fantastic season and achieving 6 wins out of 6 in the group stages. We had played at St Clare’s previously and narrowly won by one point, so everyone was expecting the final to be a close game.
The squad had practised hard and wanted to put to rest the disappointments of losing in the semi-finals of the same competition in Year 10 and 11. The boys have shown a desire and commitment to achieving this goal since the start of Year 9 when they began training. Since then they have trained at least once a week and even outside the basketball season.
The game started perfectly, The Bicester School came out flying. The boys were organised on defence with Lewis Moore, George Robinson and Liam Gregor grabbing plenty of rebounds. On the other side of the court the boys started just as hot, finals MVP Lewis Mannerings found his range early and was hitting 2 and 3 point shots, Sam Rosaman and Sanju Ghale were supporting Lewis with some good shooting. At half time The Bicester School were leading by 9 points. The team knew that St Clare’s would come out firing second half but the boys were not going to let anyone take their moment away from them. They continued to make St Clare’s work hard for their baskets as Elliot Hale was playing some great defence and Ben Foster was leading the charge on the fast breaks.
The Bicester School comfortably hung on to their lead to win the game 55-46. The five years of hard work had paid off for the boys, a fully deserving group of who support each other off and on the court.
As a coach, I could not be more proud and will miss coaching this team. Well done boys.