Islington teams clinch double in Community Basketball League play-off finals
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Islington’s emerging basketball stars completed a double as both of their teams were crowned Community Basketball League champions at the play-off finals weekend.
Access2Sports Under-16s set the standard by overcoming local rivals and defending champions Haringey Hawks 53-40 at Saddlers Sports Centre in central London.
And fellow Islington side Activities4U followed suit, taking the honours at Under-25 level by defeating Kennington Generals 46-23 and rounding off a good weekend for the borough.
A2S star Dreyshun Brown said: “Winning the championship means a lot to everyone on the team – we’ve worked hard to come this far and receive this reward.
“We love basketball and we love playing in the league. It’s an incredible achievement to finish undefeated.”
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Sharpshooter Jason Prince topped the list of scorers in an exciting and intense Under-16 final, racking up a game high of 19 points and sinking four threes in the second half alone.
Rio Murray-Webster was dominant in the paint, accumulating a total of 15 points to ensure his team took a 28-21 lead into the half.
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Meanwhile, Brown put in a titanic performance in defence, denying the Hawks access to the basket and also creating open shots as he added 10 points to ensure his team closed out the game.
A4U took to the floor for the last match of the weekend and it proved to be an entertaining one as Alex Sappa and Kayne Miller both delivered with signature slam dunks for the Islington side.
Khalid Ibrahim impressed with several crossovers to lose his opponents en route to the basket, while A4U’s Juan Manning was named MVP after netting four threes to clinch a comfortable victory for his side.
Manning said: “Kennington are great competition and they made us play harder, which is everything you want in a final. We’re already looking forward to next season, where we’ll be looking to defend our title.”
The league organisers would like to thank all friends and relatives of the players who supported the finals. For more information, visit www.cblhoops.co.uk, or email email@example.com.