Newham All-Star Sports Academy (NASSA) were crowned the 2012 Under-16 National Cup winners after beating Birmingham A’s 73-61 on Sunday, at the Amaechi Centre, Manchester.
NASSA were too much for Birmingham, who did well to hang close after fielding only six players, remaining in control throughout as they led from start to finish.
Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye was named MVP after finished with 28 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks on 10/18 shooting, whilst England Under-16 teammate Joe Mvuezolo added 23.
Theo Oghide led Birmingham with a dominant performance on the glass as he hauled in 18 boards, 12 of them offensive, along with 19 points. Sedale Hanson Young added 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals.
There were no less than six England Under-16 players in the game, with NASSA fielding four: Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye, Joe Mvuezolo, Myles Laurent-Smart and Kwame Yeboah and Birmingham two; Sedale Hanson-Young and Theo Oghide.
Oghide, a 6’6″, well built athletic forward dominated the glass from start to finish, really going after it. Offensively he’s still raw (7/20 from the field) but showed a nice jump hook at times.
Birmingham were always going to have a challenge with only 6 players, and after Cameron McPherson fouled out in the third they pretty much had their backs against the wall.
Despite Myles Laurent-Smart not having mind blowing numbers offensively (11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal on 3/11 shooting), he did a good job running the team (played all 40 minutes) and played great defense, holding fellow England U16 point guard Sedale Hanson-Young to 15 points on 6/22 shooting and helping force him into 9 turnovers.
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