I can finally confirm that BTM Basketball, the company responsible for organizing the trip to San Fran, have had their ATOL Registration confirmed and will now be taking the remaining payments for the trip.
I apologize for any worry or concerns you may have had but now we can all relax and look forward to a safe and memorable trip. If any parents have changed email addresses since the meeting at the beginning of the year, please let me know ASAP as I will be forwarding these emails to BTM who will contact you soon to arrange an account setup.
Below is the proposed schedule for the week. Please bear in mind this could easily change with other teams playing fixtures this week
Monday morning 7am – U14 National Squad Session (Ishmael to attend to watch practice)
Wednesday morning 7am – ALL U16 players to attend practice
Wednesday LF – ALL U16 players to attend meeting in BO5 to discuss playoffs (this includes Louie, Louie and Pharell)
Thursday 7.30am – U14 National Squad Walk Through
Thursday 2.30pm tip – U14 Playoff Game 2 vs Bohunt – Home
Friday 7am Walk Through for U16 B Team
Friday Afternoon U16B Home vs Wynstones or Bishop Wordsworth
Once again, training and fixtures could change very easily so please check this blog regularly throughout the week
It was a week of highs and lows last week with Bristol Finals and Year 7 debuts. On Monday we hosted St Bedes at U14 + U16 in behind closed doors Bristol Finals. For the first time in 5 years the boys program were not the victors. Credit to St Bedes who had some very athletic and technically strong players who on the day were too powerful for our mostly year young boys. To improve the development of our players none of the Year 9 starting 5 played in the final leaving only 3 players of age. After a very slow start the boys managed to square up the tie in the 4th but ended up losing by 8. Cameron Watson was named MVP after scoring 20+ points in a mature display.
Fortunately it was not a totally damp afternoon with the U16 Boys fairing a little better. As with the U14 team, the U16s were mostly made up of boys who were a year young. After some discussions regarding zone vs man to man the game was a competitive affair with MET leading throughout but St Bedes have spells where they scored at will, even tieing the game in the 3rd. Elvis, Del and Finley were a outstanding performers on the day with a half court buzzer beater from Del at the end of the 3rd. In the end the MET Team won by 13 and were worthy winners.
Friday saw the Year 7 boys and girls travel to Wynstones, in Gloucester, for some friedly action. The girls, up first, started brightly with good work in transition and much improved finishing. Amira and Alice lead all scorers with composure around the basket. But defence and half court offence is something that needs improving with the players having to replicate what is done in practice, on court. That aside the girls were worthy winners playing against many girls from older age groups.
Next came the boys but unfortunately they could not replicate the girls strong start. They trailed for much of the first quarter with nerves, poor finishing and little composure getting the better of them. After some stern words at the break the second quarter demonstrated why the staff are expecting great things of this squad. Shaquan, Finley and MVP Lenny scored the ball at will with boys paying unselfish basketball moving it to the man ahead. Whilst the half court offence still needs work, it was clear that the boys were attempting to put into practice the offence we have worked on for several weeks. A special mention must go to Lenny, who in his first organised basketball game lead from the front with great defence, exceptional finishing and a leaders mentality of when to attack and when to slow things down to setup an offence. By the end all players had scored the basket and what started as a very close game soon became a 30 point win for the young MET squad.
Hopefully all players learnt something from this week and can put this into assisting the remaining teams in the playoffs.
ALL players travelling to the US next year MUST be in school by 7am tomorrow ready for a photo shoot. The photos tomorrow will be used for banners and leaflets which will assist in fundraising events in the near future.
Please bring your boots and shooting shirt. Other kit will be provided for you
The Year 7 Boys and Girls Game will be taking place this Friday.
Girls Squad – Alice, Maisie , Lily, Jakaidee, Zeenat, Amira, Cheyenne
Boys Squad – Bartek, Ogene, Bamidele, Jai Paul, Lenny, Shaquane, Findlay, KB
You should leave lessons at 12.30pm and be on the bus by 12.35pm with all your kit. We will return at approximately 6.30pm.
Squad to travel to Bromsgrove tomorrow – Marvin, Nassim, Yusuf, Dan, Nath, Tucker, Elvis, Del, KJ, Hasan, West, Finley, Yaqub
You should leave lessons at 1.45pm and meet in the atrium at 1.47pm with boots and shooting shirts. Coaches will meet you there. We will return around 7pm
This squad only should attend training tomorrow at 7am for game prep