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County Champions – U16 Basketball

After enjoying an unbeaten season so far, the U.16 basketball squad consisting of Nic Strike, Luke Tripconey, Wade Toy, Tiaan Clark, Matt Varker and Matt Blee from Year 11 along with two Year 10 students, Adam Christophers and Theo Edkins, travelled confidently to the Cornwall Games to compete with the best in the County. After enjoying an opening ceremony we lined up in the impressive Ben Ainslie Sports Hall at Truro boy’s School with Poltair and Callington schools from the east of the County and Humphry Davy from Penzance in a group of four. The other group consisted of Bude, Bodmin, Hayle and our local rivals Penryn. The top two teams would go through to the semi-finals in a knockout competition.

Looking neat and professional in our new blue kit funded by the MSA we played Poltair School and our strong zone defence limited them to very few chances running out winners quite comfortably, 20-2. Our next game was against Humphry Davy, a team we had beaten easily earlier in the year in a West Cornwall final. We decided to play a man-to-man defence in order to stretch our legs and provide a more open game and although we didn’t play our best won 12-3. As we were progressing well in the group so were Callington. They had two very talented boys, who represented Devon and the South-west squads, dominating their games, and we knew we would have a tough game to decide our group winners.

The game started well with two good baskets from Wade and Tiaan but gradually they got back into the game due to some excellent long range shooting from their star players. We adjusted our zone defence to pressure their shooters whilst staying strong under the basket and this proved successful in limiting their chances. Meanwhile some clinical drives and strong rebounding offensively gradually pushed us ahead to win 14 – 8 and therefore top our group.

Callington went through with us to the semi-finals along with Bude and Hayle. Having watched the other group play their games we could see that technically we were the better team but that both Bude and Hayle were strong and competitive physically. As runners up in Group B Hayle were to play us and Callington faced Bude. Again our very solid defence limited them to hopeful long range shots whilst our quick and positive attacking play scored fairly freely. A 14-0 win was a good reflection of our dominance. The other semi-final went to overtime with a physical Bude side unsettling Callington. In the last seconds of the game Bude had a chance to win from the free throw line but missed and so we faced a re-run of our previous encounter with Callington in the final.

The final played out in similar style to the previous game with them trying to get their shooters free from outside the zone and us attacking with pace and getting to their basket positively. We missed a few opportunities early on but were defending well. Luke Tripconey scored an excellent basket from an aggressive lay-up which gave us some breathing space and we saw out a reasonably comfortable 10-3 win.

This was an outstanding effort from all of the squad with every player doing his bit and coming to the fore when asked. Nic Strike was a dominant force at both ends of the court, Matt Varker shot some excellent baskets, Luke Tripconey was constantly probing and leading the group. Wade and Tiaan showed what good athletes they are particularly in rebounding under the boards. Matt Blee, Adam and Theo slotted into the team seamlessly on every occasion so much so that you couldn’t tell what our best five were. Undoubtedly the best team won and this was echoed by many spectators at the event.

Grahame Allen (Coach)