NASSA into finals again

NEWHAM All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) under-14 boys team delivered a superb performance against Bucks Hornets to reach the RAF National Final Fours event in May. A nervous first quarter saw just one point separate the teams, as NASSA recovered from a poo

NEWHAM All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) under-14 boys team delivered a superb performance against Bucks Hornets to reach the RAF National Final Fours event in May.

A nervous first quarter saw just one point separate the teams, as NASSA recovered from a poor start to take the lead.

They extended that advantage in the second quarter, with good teamwork between William Acheampong and Alex Semanda helped move them 33-27 in front.

There was more action to come in the third quarter with solid shots by Myles Laurent-Smart and smashing jump shots and blocks from Ajou Deng.

Success came at a cost for NASSA as Acheampong was fouled out, but the defensive skills of Jeremy Atta-Owusu, Eromosele Unuabona and Sigitas Pobutka together with good baskets from Phillip Osemwegie and Samuel Berhanu saw NASSA lead 60-43.

More fast breaks in the fourth quarter kept Hornets on the back foot as NASSA eventually closed out an 81-58 victory.

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Director of NASSA, Natasha Hart, said: "This is the result we were looking for.

"The final fours will give our players the opportunity to play against the best the country has to offer.