Harris Academy Beckenham won the 2013 EB/BCS Under-19 Premier title on Wednesday, after cruising past South Gloucestershire & Stroud (SGS) Academy 80-56 in the final at Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke on Trent.
The side from South London were led by an MVP performance from Terence Mustre, who finished with 21 points, all on three pointers, as he connected on 7 from behind the arc, 5 after the halftime break.
Rowell Graham had 21 of his own, on a number of big dunks, whilst Kavell Bigby-Williams added 14. Harris Academy proved too big and strong for both Barking Abbey in their semi, and SGS in the final, as they dominated the glass and overpowered their opponents.
SGS were led by Jack Griffiths’ 12 points whilst England Under-18s, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye and Tamas Okros, were held to just 12 points between them.
1) Harris Academy Beckenham
2) SGS College Academy
3) Barking Abbey Basketball Academy
4) Copleston High School (Ipswich Basketball Academy)
3rd Place Playoff
Barking Abbey beat Copleston High School 85-78
In the third place playoff, both teams gave their benches a good run as BA came away with a 7 point victory.
Abbey had 5 players reach double figures, led by Paulius Satkus’ 14 points. Joe Lockwood added 13, and Roy Downey and Calvin Kintu added 11 each. Jake Eynon led Copleston with 25 of his 28 points in the second half, whilst David Metcalf hit five threes for his 15.
Harris Academy beat Barking Abbey 83-73
It was a case of third time lucky for Harris Academy, after losing both regular season match-ups against Barking Abbey.
Harris, who were without England Under-18 Dwayne Orija, took advantage of the absence of BA’s David Akibo inside, dominating on the offensive glass.
Harris were led by Terence Mustre, who had 28 points on 7 threes, including some ridiculously tough ones, whilst big man Kavell Bigby-Williams added 20 and Rowell Graham had 12. The young Josh Steel (’97) had 21 points to lead BA, with Niall Hegarty adding 18 and Ryan Addison 14.
SGS College beat Copleston High School 78-73
Despite going down by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, SGS College had a remarkable comeback to beat Copleston High School by five to book their place in the final.
Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye, who led the rally, finished with 24 points to lead SGS, whilst Jack Griffiths added 15 and Tamas Okros finished with 14.
Ben Mead had 21 points to lead Copleston, with Jake Eynon adding 17.
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