Bristol Academy Flyers Take U18 National Cup Title

Bristol Academy Flyers 2013 U18 National Cup Champions

Bristol Academy Flyers 2013 U18 National Cup ChampionsBristol Academy Flyers became the first ever South West side to win a junior national title on Saturday as they beat Lewisham Thunder 64-58 to take the 2013 Sureshot Under-18 National Cup.

With neither team being able to get an edge through the first 35 minutes of the game, Bristol went on a game clinching run in the last few minutes, led by MVP Tamas Okros who had 6 points, 2 rebounds, a steal, assist, block in the last 4 mins and 22 seconds of the game.

The England Under-18 finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds on 7/11 shooting and added yet another MVP to his trophy cabinet. Last year’s U16 Cup MVP Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye finished with 11 points, with Jonathan Orrells adding 9.

Myles Laurent-Smart led Lewisham with 17 points, whilst Kavell Bigby-Williams added 14 on 5/7 shooting for the Thunder.

Box score.


  • Tamas Okros took over the game when he needed to and was deserved MVP – his 6 points came on two tough three point plays, especially the first which ended up being an improbable flip over his head. Watch the video.
  • The game featured a number of lead changes and appeared as though OT was a given, but credit to Bristol for coming through when it matters.
  • Myles Laurent-Smart, at just 5’7″, as always, brought a number of crowd pleasing plays. The lightning quick guard was throwing down like it was nothing in warm-ups!
  • Full highlights coming soon.
  • In the women’s U18 Cup, Sevenoaks took the title, beating Haringey 55-45 before Cheridene Green’s 17 point, 13 rebound MVP performance. Box score.

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