Voting for players player will be held this lunch time in the small gym for all boys and girls teams. Quietly make your way there to vote
Also, no small gym availability tomorrow morning Tuesday 21st May
Now that the fundraiser is well and truly behind us, it is time to announce the winners of the fundraising competitions.
We are still in the process of counting all of the money raised but the current total as a programme is in excess of £3000! We have smashed our target as a result of all your hard work in finding and collecting sponsorship.
Individual fundraising winner: Ali Joomun – £149! (Please collect a Basketball Hoody from Mr. Williams next week!)
Team fundraising winner: Year 7 boys – £1,162.73! (Date for pizza party TBC)
Free throw competition (fundraising day): Cameron Watson – 5 (Collect a basketball from Mr. Williams next week)
A particular special mention also goes to: Noah Morgan, Priya Kaur, Dylan Golding, Sid Lloyd and Jerry Lawrence for raising over £100 each!
Also to Tom Ashton Chislett, Sumaya Ali, Lily Horrobin, Oliver Mills, Sienna Kaur, Ishaq Rahman, Kailim Ferris-Pang, Kyrie Pierre, Jack O’Brien, Khiya Anderson, Liam Wornell, George Killick and Tristan Clarke for raising more than their £75 target!
Well done all!
Bristol Flyers are running a girls only basketball camp on the last day of half term. See below for information on how to book!
Can all U12 and U14 girls meet Friday break time in the small gym please. Make sure everyone is aware.
The Bristol Met Basketball Program made history over the weekend by not only defending the U14 National Schools Competition Crown but adding the U16 title in successive days. Met have now made the National Final 5 times in 3 years and have 3 titles in the past 2 years.
An incredible amount of hard work has gone in by families, school staff and the players over a number of years to achieve these amazing accomplishments. I would like to personally thank everybody who has supported the program over the past 5 years but also the fans who traveled to the arena over the weekend. I believe on the Saturday we had more fans than almost all the other schools combined and certainly made far more noise.
The players were a credit to the school and their families over the entire weekend making Met a power house on the national stage.
Lets go MET!
Lampton 33 V 80 Bristol Metropolitan Academy
The first of the Semi Finals saw Lampton School take on Bristol Metropolitan Academy. Lampton struck first with a quick 3-pointer but then BMA started to take charge as they went on a commanding 18-0 run. Tom Hooper’s side stayed dominate and finished the quarter with a solid 26-7 lead. Coming into the second saw BMA extend the lead on the back of a dunk by Louie Tucker. Bristol then then continued to play a great press and due to some missed opportunities by the London side, the lead grew to 51-17 as the teams went into half time.
BMA started the second half strong as they played shut down defence and scored effectively in transition to win the quarter 21-5, meaning the teams went into the final 10 minutes with the score 72-22. Lampton took advantage of Bristol relaxing as they picked off sloppy passes and successfully narrowed their deficit slightly, winning the quarter 11-8. With the score at 80-33 as the final buzzer sounded, Bristol Metropolitan Academy advance to the afternoon’s final.
Bristol Metropolitan Academy 122 v 34 Northampton School for Boys
The final saw Bristol Academy, who cruised through their semi final, take on Northampton School, who ground out a narrow win in their tough semi-final. Coach Hooper sent his team out in the first quarter playing great press defence and they quickly got out to 12-2 lead which forced Coach Burton to call an early time out. BMA continued to play great defence for the whole quarter and led by Louie Tucker with 12 points, they built a commanding lead at 33-14 after 1. The second quarter followed the same pattern with Bristol capitalising on their great defence through well executed transition which continued to grow their advantage. The teams went into the break with the score at 60-22 and the result was almost a foregone conclusion.
The second half was started with a great play from Bristol getting them a quick score. BMA started to crash the offensive boards and used second chance points to extend their already commanding lead. The intensity of the game dropped in the second half as the score became more and more lopsided, though Louie Tucker’s 42 points led to an MVP award as he was a major factor in the 122-34 victory.
Westcliff High School 59 V 90 Bristol Metropolitan Academy
Bristol Met Academy booked their place in the U14 Co-Ed Final after a commanding 90-59 victory over Westcliff High School.
After an even opening to the game, Bristol got onto a roll and put together a double digit run to create some daylight between the side. That streak was built on tough press defence and timely baskets from beyond the arc with Cam Watson already having a big impact on the game. The explosive guard forced multiple turnovers on defence and showing great athleticism on the drive to score 8 points in the frame.
That trend continued into the 2nd quarter as BMA continued to inflict damage in the lane as Westcliff struggled to adjust. Noah Louis was doing his bit for the Westcliff cause though, he had 16 of his side’s 22 points with a little over 5 minutes remaining in the half. Still, Bristol enjoyed a double digit lead at 43-31 come the interval.
A 15-2 run by Bristol after the break put the game out of reach by the midway point of the 3rd quarter, pushing the difference north of 20. Ishmael Ruglass was integral to that effort as he scored 6 of Bristol’s points, capping a 26-11 quarter as the lead flirted with 30 going into the last.
The 4th quarter played out in routine fashion as Louis finished on 24 points for Westcliffe and Jake Bausor and Jude Frimpong scored 11 and 10 respectively as the only other player to reach double digits. Ruglass top scored for BMA with 25, and Watson finished with 24.
Bristol Met Academy 84 v 72 Sale Grammar School
Bristol Met Academy managed to survive a 43-point onslaught from Sale Grammar School’s Tom Kelly to win the Dynamik Sports Floors U14 Co-Ed title 84-72.
Despite a 6-0 start by Bristol, Sale fought back to close things up at 14-13. The watching crowd were treated to an early matchup between Bristol’s Cam Watson and Kelly as the pair had 12 and 11 points respectively come the end of the 1st.
Eight straight points from BMA saw the South West side push ahead, but back to back triples from Kelly soon reduced that deficit. That trend would continue as Kelly kept his side in touch, but Bristol still led 44-38 by the half.
The 3rd quarter started much like the 2nd, with Bristol going on a 9-2 run this time to once again forge ahead. Unsurprisingly it was Kelly who had the answers for Sale, assisted well by guard Leo Widdall to keep the North West side from falling away. Still, BMA double digit lead was intact with 10 minutes to go at 64-54.
One of the game’s biggest turning points involved a small cut to Kelly’s shooting hand to close the 3rd period. The injury would take some stopping, leaving the eventual MVP to sit at the start of the 4th as BMA tried to move ahead in his absence. Kelly would return once the bleeding was under control and he once again sparked his side’s offence, closing things up to 70-66 with 6:30 remaining.
From there, Sale would go cold, unable to find the telling baskets they needed to draw back level. Kelly would leave the game once more to attend to his finger, and though Widdall stepped up to fill the scoring void, BMA managed to do enough to seal the win as they pulled away before the final buzzer.
To add to his impressive MVP performance over the weekend (42 points in the final), I thought everyone would be interested in Louie’s England U15 highlights from last month.