Tuesday 6th December vs Barr’s Hill and Rugby Free (round 1):
Tuesday started the year 8s Jr NBA journey as they are representing the Denver Nuggets in the NBA format. Barr’s Hill and Rugby Free travelled to Southam College to take on each other and Southam in a Tournament style fixture. The first game saw Southam take on Barr’s Hill (Minnesota Timberwolves) in a very close game which saw the game tied for a long period of the game until Barr’s Hill took control at the end of the third quarter which continued into the fourth and saw Barr’s Hill take a good win in a competitive first game. The third and final game saw Southam (Denver Nuggets) take on Rugby Free (Toronto Raptors) in another close game. LJ led the team with scoring a couple of strong baskets inside, which uplifted squad as Southam went into half time in a good position. Again, in the second half, Rugby Free pushed the pace and managed to gain the lead which was then extended in the final quarter and win but Southam represented themselves well and showed excellent sportsmanship after two tough defeats.
Thursday 8th December vs Sidney Stringer and Nicholas Chamberlaine (round 2):
Southam were excited to get started and play again on a tight schedule after their agonising losses on Tuesday, this time against Sidney Stringer (New York Knicks) and Nicholas Chamberlaine (Boston Celtics). Southam faced Sidney Stringer first which proved to be their toughest test yet. Southam started well in the first half by losing the first quarter but winning the second with Arthur E hitting multiple mid-range jump shots. Sidney Stringer then started making multiple shots and Southam’s head started to drop as Stringer ran away with the game in the second half with the score ending 32-10 after a poor scoring half from Southam and the opposite from Sidney Stringer. The second game of the night saw Sidney Stringer match up against Nicholas Chamberlaine which was a really high-quality game of Basketball which was tense and competitive throughout until the fourth quarter, where Sidney Stringer’s use of screens became vital as they came away with a 16-13 win. Southam’s last game of the week coincided with the year 8s playing their best Basketball with the help , encouragement and support from Miss Mason, Mr Turton, Miss Rehman-Minas and Mr Johnson. Arthur E continuing to score baskets helped Southam get off to a great start and filled with confidence. Nia A worked well getting offensive rebounds whilst Reece Y and LJ linked up well to score some impressive baskets. Southam Lost the game 16-7 but was b far, their best basketball and are continuing to grow in the early stages of their basketball journey. Once again they represented the school really well and lots of positives to take into the next game against Campion next week before the Christmas break.