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This past Saturday saw a huge day of British Wheelchair Basketball Junior League action as The Kings teamed with Tornadoes in a joint venture in under 15 and 19s action.
In Under 15s competition, their season kicked off with a huge end to end battle with Hampshire Hornets who out powered Tornadoes Kings 20 to 6. Next up for the U15s where Aces who kept fighting to the end but it was Tornadoes Kings who pipped it in the final 20 seconds of the match to win 16-12.
In the closest game of the day, the Under 15s match against London Titans was next and it end up going to the wire, with a Huge interception from Owen Pither who caused a turnover in the last 10 seconds which lead to the winning basket and huge 12-10 win against an evenly matched London Titans. In the final game for the Under 15s, a tough match against the undefeated London Allstars saw them go down 34-19. A mixed bag of results for the Under 15s with two wins from four but one that impressed the coaching staff.
This Saturday - Our combined junior league team with Tornados Wheelchair Basketball Club are in action at British Wheelchair Basketball The Lord's Taverners Junior League at Under 15s and Under 19s levels.
It's Time for the Next Generation To Shine!
This report was written by the Carl and Dean at Tornados, the club we partnered with for Junior League. Huge Shout out goes to them both - don't forget to follow them on Twitter @TornadosWBball
CWSC Phoenix 08-24 TornadosKings
Having qualified for the Junior league finals in Nottingham, Tornados Kings kicked off their day with a tough opening fixture against CWSC Phoenix, both teams knew that the outcome of this match would determine how high they could finish in the final standing ... so stakes were high.
TornadosKings came out of the gates strong, looking dangerous at the offensive end, whilst stopping Phoenix''s offence with tough defence. Signs were looking bright for TK going into halftime, but they knew the job was only half done with the score at 6-14 in favor of TK.
The 2nd half started and it was more of the same, from Tornados Kings with the momentum they gathered from the 1st half seem to be continuing into to the 2nd, it meant that there offensive pressure and disciplined defence was too much for Phoenix as TK saw the game out with a solid 8-24 win. This meant TK secured the 1st semi final spot, and now was looking at a top 4 finish.
The scores were:
Reece 8, Tom 8, Lewis 6 & Joe 2
Manchester Mavericks 30-18 Tornadoskings
Manchester Mavericks were next on the horizon for Tornados Kings in the first semi final of the day, so with a lot to play for, it was Game on!
The match started and in the early stages Tornados Kings looked a little nervous, this resulted in both their offence and defence being affected and Mavericks were soon to capitalise on that and started to build a lead 9-0 however as the half drew to an end TK grew into the game and was more composed at the offensive end whilst playing tougher defence TK closed the gap, but at the interval it was Mavericks with the lead 18-10
The 2nd half was much closer affair with both teams coming out strong and trading baskets however, although TK had a much improved half Manchester''s lead stayed intact as the game ended 30-18 to the Mavericks. TornadosKings were now heading for the bronze medal match.
The scorers were:
Tom 10, Recce 4, Joe 2 & Lewis 2
The final fixture of Tornados Kings junior league season saw them come up against a strong Jaguars side in the bronze medal match so both teams were determined to end on a high.
Jaguars started the game stronger, with TK struggling to convert there chances and although they were giving it there all, fatigue was beginning to show due to having no subs all day and with jaguars being able to rotate there line-up it enabled them to go into halftime with a 6-21 lead due to them being clinical at the offensive end.
Similar to the semi final Tornados Kings came out rejuvenated in the 2nd half with their shots were droping but unfortunately so were jaguars and although the half finished level Jaguars got the win 31-16
The scorers were:
Lewis 8, Recce 4 & Tom 4
TK just missed out on the medal in there debut season of junior league, however everyone connected with Tornados Kings can be proud of what they achieved having one of the smallest squads throughout the whole competition and finishing 4th in the country.
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