Bridgewater went close to emulating last year’s U9 team, but crashed out in the semi- final of the Premier Sport Basketball Tournament on Monday evening. The team got off to a confident start, dominating the ball and creating a host of scoring opportunities. However, many of these changes went begging and this was to be the downfall for Bridgewater ultimately.
In the opening game against Lightoaks B, the team ran out 6-0 comfortable winners. Anton scored two and Frankie one, but Tommy and Kian could not convert further chances in the game. A good start was made even better in game two, as Bridgewater found more accuracy under the basket and defeated St Johns 8-2. Anton was once more the coolest at the basket adding another three to his tally, with Tommy scoring one to secure the win.
In game three, Lightoaks A used the height advantage of some of their players to good effect. Sam and Raj struggles for rebounds and Kian and Tommy could not retain possession in key areas. Alex scored a nice basket for Bridgewater, but the opponents netted four times for a deserved 8-2 win. This meant that in the final game of the group, Bridgewater needed a win to qualify for the semi-finals. Despite a late reply from Grosvenor School, another basket from Anton and Frankie was enough to put Bridgewater through in runners up spot in the league.
In the semi-final, Bridgewater went up against Lightoaks B, for the right to play Lightoaks A in the final. The boys started well and took an early lead courtesy of Anton once more. Bridgewater continued to dominate the ball but failed to convert chance after chance. A fantastic long range shot put the teams level as the game moved into “golden basket” time. Despite having the bulk of possession and being the better team, Bridgewater could not score any of their fifteen shots! Inevitably, Lightoaks had one chance and scored to give them a shock 4-2 win and a place in the final.
It is back to the drawing board and some more practice for the team in front of the basket. The boys will bounce back in the near future and can now turn their attention to a game of tag rugby against Pownall Hall Prep after half term.