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Successful basketball tournaments.
25 March, 2010
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Jim promoted two triangular tournaments, one for boys and the other for girls, in the under 17 age group. The first, held at Branston Community College in Lincoln was a very close affair. The first game pitched Robert Pattinson School against the hosts, and it proved to be a tremendous opener with the final score being 13-12 to Branston. The second game was of an equally high standard, Queen Elizabeth Grammar of Horncastle prevailing by 4 points against the unlucky Robert Pattinson School(23-19). The final game saw the two winning teams pitch up against one another and it was a final to savour. The height advantage of Queen Elizabeth caused Branston problems early on, and they stretched out to a 6 point lead. However, as the game progressed Branstons ability to score under pressure proved the turning point and they eventually sealed victory by a score of 28-22. The Most Valuable Player of the tournament being named as David Fagbemi of Branston.
The girls tournament, held at De Aston School in Market Rasen, was equally exciting. In the first game the hosts played Caistor Yarborough and it turned out to be a real end to end encounter. The teams traded baskets through the match, and it was only in the last 2 minutes of the game that Caistor pulled away to win by 6 points(26-20). In match two Caistor played Banovallum School from Horncastle, and initially Banovallum pushed ahead to form an 8 point lead. However, Caistor then got into their stride and started to run in lay-ups, as well as some very strong rebounding, and eventually pulled away to secure a comfortable 28-14 win. The final match saw the hosts play Banovallum, and it turned out to be a real humdinger. Banovallum got off to another strong start, but were unable to shake off the attentions of De Aston, and with a minute to go there was only two points in it with a narrow lead for Banovallum. De Aston pushed hard in that final minute, but two tremendous shots from the Banovallum guard secured victory by a score of 22-18. This was a great night for girls basketball in Lincolnshire, one that Jim intends to replicate in the future. 
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