Bristol 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.
- 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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