Derbyshire Basketball Champions and National 3rd Place Winners 2011
National Schools Under 16 Conference Finals 2011
Nottingham Wildcats Arena - Saturday May 7th.
The St Thomas More School under 16 Boys completed a fantastic season when they finished in 3rd place at the National Conference Finals on Saturday. This follows the Derbyshire County Championship title they won last month.
In the semi-finals, St Thomas More faced a very strong Dorothy Stringer team that had won the South of England Zone. The Brighton team used their size advantage to good effect and despite a huge 3 pointer from Adam Fletcher on the buzzer, at half time STM trailed by 28-50.
A spirited display in the third quarter reduced the deficit to 45 – 64. But it was not enough and by the end Dorothy Stringer proved too strong and STM lost the game 57 – 85. Dorothy Stringer went on to win the National Finals.
The play offs for the 3rd and 4th place positions, gave STM a tie with the Heaton Manor (Newcastle) school, who had won the North of England zone. St Thomas More started the brighter of the two teams and with Joel Frohwein scoring 2 quick baskets and George Selby hitting a big three pointer, the team quickly went into a 7 - 0 lead. By the end of the first quarter STM had built up a 23 – 8 lead.
In the second quarter St Thomas More were put under much more pressure. Heaton Manor upped their work rate and started to creep back into the game. By half time they had reduced the STM lead to 31 – 25.
After the break Charlie Wild helped to get the team back on track with 2 good baskets and then Elliot Donaghue made his mark with his first 2 points of the season. The third quarter finished with STM leading by 12 points, 47 – 35. But Heaton Manor dug in and started to increase the pressure again in the final quarter. With 3 minutes of the game remaining the lead was down to 6pts. St Thomas More had to keep possession of the ball and run the clock down on each play, which they managed to do successfully.
The final buzzer went and St Thomas More had won 61 – 57 to finish in 3rd place overall in the National Conference Finals. Another fantastic achievement for the team and a reflection of their effort over the last 5 years.
Top scorers were Joel Frohwein (23pts), Bradley Hodgson (10pts), Captain Adam Fletcher and George Selby (7pts each), Jordan Hollister and Charlie Wild (4pts each), Elliot Donaghue (2pts). Eduardo Giglio and Jake Jones completed the team.