Year 7 boys basketball team crowned Junior NBA Boys London Champions
The Holy Trinity School ‘s Year 7 boys were crowned Jr. NBA Boys London Champions in April at the Leicester Community Arena.
The Jr. NBA League "The League" was created for 11-12 year old boys and girls in secondary schools who participate in basketball. The League is organised and operated by BasketballEngland in partnership with the NBA. The league featured 30 Jr. NBA Basketball League school teams that represented one of the 30 NBA teams throughout the season.
The Holy Trinity School competed in the London League and were drawn to play as the New York Knicks. The team went undefeated (8-0) in their group stage to take the top seed in the Eastern Conference play-offs. The boys won the quarter final and the semi final, to earn themselves a trip to the finals in Leicester, where faced the defending champions, Saint Bonaventures, in the Eastern Conference final.
The St. Bonaventures team were a lot more experienced than Holy Trinity, but grit and defensive discipline had us up 2 points at half time. The second half would see multiple lead changes before baskets from Rio Davies, Make Chiware and Connor Collcutt would see Trinity up 1, with 40 seconds left. Another defensive stop followed by a jump shot from Jerreh Janneh saw Trinity take the 29-26 win.
The semi-final appeared to be the final, as Holy Trinity cruised to a 49-29 victory over Platanos College. Great defence from Josh Taylor and Sebastian Muchitsch and baskets from Jyamel Elyse, Christopher Mayanja and Ryan Harris would take the Jr. NBA title.
Coach Karl Youngman said: ‘The boys were amazing. Considering all but 3 of the team started playing basketball in September, their performance in the semi-final was beyond their years. They are now the most successful Year 7 team in the School’s history, and most definitely the most talented in my lifetime. The future is bright’
The Jr. NBA Trophy and the winners rings were presented to the team by Ex-NBA player Audie Norris, who was in attendance during the event.