Alex 'Barbs' Barbary made his return to Worthing Thunder on Saturday night, which saw him start for the team and claim the games MVP with 6 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Barbs first signed with the Div 1 team back in 2012, but saw limited court time, due to his age and limited experience with mens basketball. He decided to drop down to Div 4 and then up to Div3, to gain confidence and get used the differences between the junior game and the mens game, before resigning with Thunder earlier this summer.
Barbs started his basketball career with Crawley Cagers in 2005, as an U12, and it soon became apparent that he was set to be a good player. He was a big part of Cagers's first real success, as that U12 team won the Maidstone U12 tournament, and would go on to win a lot more.
Jump forward 2 years and Alex was at the centre piece of the first Cagers team to ever win the Sussex league. Unfortunately they narrowly missed out on the play-offs title, by losing out to Haywards Heath Eagles in the finals. The team wouldn't complete the double until their last season together.
It wasn't until 2009 that Alex started taking basketball more seriously. He quit football and started his National League career, with his first season with Worthing Thunder at U16. Thunder reached the National Quarter-Finals that year losing out to a tough Cheshire Jets team. Alex did however help lead Cagers U16 to their second league title, but once again they narrowly lost in the play-offs, this time to Angmering Cobras.
2011, and Barbs's last season as a junior, saw him help lead Cagers once again to a league title (3/3) and this time, for the first time, claim the play-off title to go alongside. Alex also made the South East Regional team for the first time (as an U17) and helped Worthing Thunder claim the National title in a thrilling 1 point win over Chesire Jets. Alex, along with other Cagers at the time, Pete Ngona & James Tribe, still remain to be the only Cagers players to have ever won a National title.
Alex joined the University of Chichester in 2012 and played for their Uni team (captain for the last 2 seasons) and the Chichester Thunder Div 4 team. Barbs quickly found his feet and has been the leading scorer for both teams, for both seasons. Last season he decided to up the level a bit and joined Solent Kestrels in Div 3. After seeing limited minutes all year, due to Solent having quiet a tight rotation, Alex decided to go home and rejoin Worthing Thunder.
All of us here at Cagers are massively proud of Barbs's achievements and wish him the best for the upcoming season.
If you want to catch him and Selby in action for Worthing Thunder, then head down to Worthing Leisure Centre this weekend.
Saturday 27th September 2014
6:00PM @ Worthing Leisure Centre
vs Kent Crusaders
National Trophy Match
A record breaking 28 players between our u14 & u18 teams will be suiting up in the National League this season. Players making their first appearances this year, have helped boost the number from the 23 players that played last season. Cagers's total figure over the last 8 seasons now reaches a team high of 47 players.
Congratulations to; Brandon Laryea, Jack Lethbridge, Ben Hilton, Josh Otor, Louie Moreno & Alex Ardisson on making their respective age group's Worthing Thunder National League team for the first time. Also congratulations to Alex Gray, who will make his first appearance in the National League with SRWA Bears.
To see the full list and see who's making a repeat appearance this season follow the link below:
Selby Hind-Wills is the first junior player, from Crawley, to sign a professional contract with Worthing Thunder's EBL Div 1 Men's team, while still being an U18!
Playing up an age group is nothing new for Selby, and is something he has been doing since he joined the club and the sport in 2008. Back then the club only started at u14s due to lack in players. However Selby joined us as an U12 and has been in the squad ever since.
His physical, aggressive and explosive play never let on to the fact that he was younger than the rest of his team-mates, and even had others questioning his age when he later played in his own age groups in 2010 & 2012.
Selby helped lead Holy Trinitys u15 team to their 4th National Schools title in 2011, where he picked up finals MVP honours, while being an u14.
The 2012/13 season saw Selby led his own age group's Cagers team to the most dominating U16 league title in the club's history. He averaged 24ppg & 14 rebounds per game, in a season where the boys beat every team by 30 points or more. However unfortunately the Sussex finals clashed with the National Schools finals this year, so the boys were forced to give up their spot and missed out on doing the double (League and Play-offs).
All of us here at Cagers wish Selby good luck with the 2014/15 season with the Worthing Thunder Men and you know we'll be buying tickets to come down and support :p
Full article here:
Two week now until the shooting competition and presentation, so i hope you've raised loads of money!! All will take place in the Ball Hall and refreshments will be on sale all day.
Fundraising Shooting Competition
Please bring your fundraising sheets with you on the day, so that we can calculate a total amount raised. The money will not need to be collected for another 2 weeks after the competition has taken place.
2013/14 Season Presentation
Season awards for U12-U18:
What a season! The 2013/14 season has seen Cagers undergo their most successful year in club history, and likely one of the most dominating performance by any club in Sussex history. Six age groups competed in Sussex this year (U10, U11, U12, U14, U16 & U18) and Crawley Cagers were undefeated in 4 of them, with a 3rd place finish mixed in there too. Lets go to age group order:
Some of the club's youngest members were given the opportunity to compete in March, in the BasketballSUSSEX Mini-Basketball tournament. Cagers entered a team of 7, who had been playing basketball for 3 months by this point, in order to give them some game experience. However the boys cruised past Brighton Cougars A and Worthing D and D in their group stage to put them in the top 3. Again the boys made light work of Brighton Cougars B and now faced a tougher challenge in the final against Haywards Heath Eagles. The team dug deep, and showed the hard work and assertiveness that the older Cagers age groups do, and finished the game 8-4 victors, to be crowned the U10s champions.
Their success came on the back of a 3 month training period. We at the club are now extremely looking forward to working with this group of boys over the summertime, ready to enter them into the U11 league come October.
As in previous Cagers tradition, the U12 squad this year comprised of 16 players who had never played basketball before September. Due to lack of coaches over the previous seasons, the club has been unable to start coaching kids until U12s. The teams are selected during their first 2 weeks of Year 7 and they then work extremely hard over September and October in an attempt to catch up with the rest of the teams in the league, that have usually played for a least one whole season.
The boys had a great start to the year narrowly losing to Worthing D and D 40-38, while missing key players to football and blowing a 10 point lead. As the season went on the boys gained more and more experience and started to win more games. Their next 4 loses came at the hands of two equally matched opposition, Shoreham Spartans and Henfield Heat, who tied at the top of the league. With both boasting 3 regional players and a host of experienced other players, to say that we competed is impressive. In all 4 matches Cagers were within 5 points of their opposition on multiple occasions, with the last two matches seeing the boys within 5 with 4 minutes to go. However the opposition’s experience shone through and they were able to close out to win. Nevertheless Cagers finished an impressive 3rd in the league and once again faced Henfield Heat, in the last game of the season in the playoff semi finals.
Cagers got out to a great start, having a 5 point lead going into the second quarter only to see Henfield battle back to have a 3 point lead at the half. Heat were able to maintain this lead going into the 4th quarter, which saw the two teams trade baskets, before once again Henfields experience gleamed through and they were able to close out the game.
This was an incredibly impressive season for the boys, and we look forward to seeing them develop into great players. The next step now is for the more experienced of the team to make it into the Worthing Thunder national league squad in the summer.
The 14s are now hot on the tails of the U16 as they registered their second undefeated season and playoff run, while playing at their own age group. The boys dominated the league with a win average of 65.8ppg (72.3ppg without claimed games), as they proved to have one of the deepest benches in club history. Worthing D and D were the only team to prove any real threat to the 14s, but Cagers depth became apparent and the 14s beat them all 3 times (including playoff final), by a win average of 39ppg.
Its now important that the boys work hard on their skills to continue to improve and stay on top! It is very easy to get complacent now, but if the 14s are to stay undefeated by the time they are u16, they need to realise that the rest of the county will catch up.
Secondly congratulations to the;
The U16s continued to prove why they are one of the most dominant group of players to ever play in this county. The boys collected their 3rd out of 3 undefeated season and now sit on a record of 56 out of 56 wins, while playing at their own age group. If we were to include the two season that they have played up (u13s in u14 league and u15 in u16s league), the boys have had 4 undefeated seasons and a total Sussex League record of 88-2!
This season however was the boys toughest yet. The 16s had aso dominanted their u14s season, 2 years ago, and walked into the u16 season expecting the same, but Worthing D and D and Shoreham Spartans came at the boys looking to de-crown the reigning champs.
Worthing were the closest to succeeding as Cagers found themselves in losing situations in both match ups against D and D (something they hadn't experienced since their u12 season), however the boys depth and experience became apparent, as they fought back to take the lead and then protect it until the end.
The first match up with Shoreham saw Cagers work a lot harder and win by 44, but again complacency set in in the second game, as Shoreham came with a point to prove and led for 35 minutes, until the boys battled back to win by 14. Shoreham progressed to the play off finals, after beating a weakened D and D team in the semis, to face our U16s. This time was a different story, the boys came out focused and ready to once again prove why they are undefeated. Credit to Shoreham however who managed at a 1 point game by the end of the 1st, before Cagers rocketed ahead to win the game 94-55. The boys now have two more seasons with the club. Lets see if they can leave saying that they never lost a game while competing at their own age group.
We now wish the 16s the best of luck with their GCSE exams and we know they will get the results they deserve.
In their last season with the club, the 18s set out to achieve what they had been so close to achieving on two occasions, a league and playoff win. Both at u14s & u16s, the boys came runners up by a matter of points to a good Brighton Cougars team. With a strengthened bench, this year the boys were ready to win, and that they did.
The boys won the games they played convincingly, with a win average of 3o.9ppg, however 4 games were forfeited to them, unfortunately leaving them with only six league games to play. Despite this, the 18s had achieved one of their goals and claimed their first undefeated season and their first league title.
The lack of games during the season meant that the 18s were relatively fresh come playoff time, and they beat a hot Brighton Cougars team in the semi by 9, pitting the boys back in the playoff finals. A poor first quarter by Cagers saw them level at the half against STORM in the playoff finals, before regrouping to win the game by 20 in the second half and claiming their first playoff title. MVP Selby Hind-Wills also had a nice highlight, with an And 1 dunk (video coming soon).
We also now wish the 18s the best of luck with their AS/A level exams, again, we are sure they will get the results they deserve.
Next few weeks
We will now be taking a break over the exam period, and will come back on the 21st June with the fundraising shooting contest and season presentation. The new summer programme will then commence (details to follow).
Congratulations on the season Cagers!
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 email@example.com or check out www.crawleycagersbasketball.co.uk for more info.
Congratulations to the following players for making the first cut of the South East England trials:
U13 Girls - Sophie Izobo
U15 Boys - Georges Tchuacko, Ola Edgal & Elliot Bailey
U17 Boys - Zac Nelson & Keanu Kellett
Good luck to those still on trial, as were unable to make the first one:
U13 Girls - Jazmin Younger
U13 Boys - Colin Luzinda, Raymond Jonas & Haaris Sultan
U17 Boys - Denny Burling
Well done to ALL that went along. Hopefully you enjoyed it and now know what to work on for next year.
Next up is the Sussex Trials, which will be a whole lot less competitive than the South East ones. Times and dates can be found in the document below. Please note the change in time of the U15 boys trial from 14.00 to 16.00.