Written by Danny Abbott - Shoreham Academy (Year 10)
On Tuesday 10th March 2015 Shoreham Academy hosted the inaugural United Learning Southern Area Basketball Tournament. Bournemouth Colligate School and The Regis School, Bognor, made the trip to Shoreham Academy to see if they could get their hands on the trophy. There were two age groups playing on the day, U13’s and U15’s. The scene was set in the Spartans Arena and the first game was underway. There was high intensity basketball as all teams competed to book their place in the final. After the group games had concluded, both age groups finished with the same outcome, Shoreham Academy with a record of 4-0, Bournemouth Collegiate 2-2 and The Regis School 0-4 meaning that Shoreham and Bournemouth would battle it out in the two finals.
The finals were extended games to allow as much competition as possible. However there was only to be one victor on the day, Shoreham Academy, as they showed their organisation, dominance and team play to be too strong for the opposition. The U13 team ran riot in their final with Captain and MVP, Charlie Meehan, leading the scoring stats with 12 points, Darren Locke also contributed with 8 points and 6 rebounds. The final score 32-0. The U15 final it was tighter affair, Shoreham lead Bournemouth by 2 points going into the final 2 minutes of the 4th quarter. With coach Weedon and coach Apantaku calling a time-out, Shoreham Academy came out all guns blazing and eventually eased to a 32-24 victory. Again, Captain and MVP of the U15 age group, Danny Abbott, led the scoring with 16 points and 5 rebounds, scoring a long range 3 to seal the game in what was a gripping final and fantastic tournament.
It was a great day of basketball, giving every student a chance to play against some different opposition and push themselves to their physical and mental limits throughout the day. Every player contributed and the tournament was played in the true spirit of the game and the spirit of the academies, reaching ‘The Best in Everyone’. Many thanks to the teachers and coaches who allowed us to participate in this competition and to the referees and table officials on the day. But, a big thank you to Mr Weedon, who organised the event, and allowed us to take part in what will hopefully be a yearly event with a larger popularity and more competition in the future.