The result of Crawley Cagers U10 team’s first ever competitive experience, was completely unexpected. On Saturday 15th March the only u10 team in Cagers history, travelled to St Paul’s Catholic College, in Burgess Hill, to compete in the BasketballSUSSEX U10 Mini Basketball tournament. With teams from Brighton, Haywards Heath, Henfield and Worthing, the intentions were to have fun and gain valuable game experience, however their incredible effort and passion for success, saw them win 6 out of 6 games.
Malik Kellett, Maka Chiware, Archie Mabey, Diego Santos, Jake Griffiths, Joe Kebede and Dan put together a dominating performance and showed great team work, despite having never played together as a team before, with some of the players not even training together.
Malik, naturally, came through on both the offensive and defensive end of the court. He used his height and strength to the team’s advantage and made sure to keep composure by turning his well fought rebounds into baskets. Maka, just joining the team this week, gave a performance that proved that he will be a key player for years to come. The boys immediately welcomed Maka and he returned the favour by converting basket after basket, from the left hand side, to give Cagers the lead in several games.
Archie made sure he looked after the ball and made some excellent passes, while showing great precision with his shooting. He was a valued member of the squad and helped to organise the team on their offence. Diego was also another set of safe hands. He was able to pick the ball up at one end of the court and ensure it made it down the other end securely, which is a very important skill in basketball.
Jake, a seasoned player, was consistent with his offence and converted his rebounds into points. He proved that he could put his practice into the games, by scoring layup after layup even against defenders. It just shows that practice makes permanent! If he keeps working on his skills, he will be a very big threat next season. Joe, who trains with the u12s instead of the u10s, due to other commitments, was another player who showed just how dominating he can be in his own age group. He remained active on defence and fought for every loose ball. He was quick to get up and down the court and was crucial to the team’s success. Dan could not have had a better defensive performance. Very rarely did his man receive the ball and on the few occasions he did, Dan was quick to take it straight off of him and convert to a quick fast break. His fighting spirit helped the team succeed and gave the opposition very few chances.
Coach Dom commented on the team’s performance; ‘I am so proud of every single player that played today. They won all their games and stood tall against the opposition. I am sure that the spectators will agree, our boys showed the will and passion to win today. This team will be a real threat next season in the league. Well done boys. Keep up the good work.’
Crawley Cagers will look to enter its second ever u11 team in the BasketballSUSSEX league next season. As you can see, we currently have 7 players but are looking for 8 more, in current school years 4 & 5. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check out www.crawleycagersbasketball.co.uk for more info.