The Leicester Riders U12s were crowned 2016/17 YBL U13 Play-off Champions at Nechelles Sports Centre, Birmingham, as they took victory over the Frankly Falcons on Saturday 20th May.
Enjoying success in their first ever season as a team, the Leicester Riders U12s have had a long and fruitful campaign. Head Coach Steve Farrington has been the key to ensuring these young people enjoyed and developed their basketball ability, regularly organising friendly fixtures, extra sessions and completing administrative duties for his team. All of his and the players hard work came down to one final game that would define the U12’s season.
The Leicester Riders topped the U13 YBL North League, before beating City of Birmingham in the semi-finals of the play-offs to set-up a game with the Frankly Falcons. A tough test for both teams would give the final its much deserved atmosphere and hype.
The Riders began the first half the stronger team and would maintain that position for the majority of the game. A strong start from Hugo Gammon settled the young Riders nerves as he weaved his way to the basket for 6 1st Quarter points. At this moment the Falcons began to show they had every intention of taking the game to the Riders as the game drew close. A spark was needed to lift the Riders confidence and up stood the dominant trio of Fabian Porter, Ben Carnoth & Will Harrison. With great determination on the defensive end, the Riders forced the Falcons to commit turnovers leading to excellent offensive transition. Not to mention 3 back-to-back 3’s from Bryce Woodley, Mookie Routledge and Ben Carnoth.
The second half started on a low as the young Falcons pulled the game back within single digits. Number 13 from the Falcons showing a huge amount of talent and desire to get his team level. Unfortunately for the Falcons the Riders found their final gear and steadily stamped their dominance on the game with Wilf Goodwin hammering home the final baskets to the seal the Falcons fate.
Final Score: Leicester Riders U12s 76 – 45 Frankley Falcons U13s
The Leicester Riders JNBL Program would like to put on record their thanks to the Youth Basketball League for their support this year.
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