- National Teams
Sussex Storm prevailed over Baltic Stars 85-76 to claim the 2019 Under-16 Boys National Cup title on Saturday afternoon at Essex Sport Arena.
Great Britain Under-16 Cameron Hildreth picked up MVP honours on his way to a 27-point, 12-rebound, 4-assist, 2-steal outing, as Sussex held off a late rally from Baltic, who had trailed by as many as 23.
That's it! Storm have done it, 85 – 76. Fantastic job by everyone and a fantastic showing by the #balticstars. Awards coming soon! #letsgostorm #stormfamily #stormwinthefinal #NBL @NBLengland #NBL1819 #champs pic.twitter.com/Pkg0YVLYHh
— Storm Basketball (@StormBballClub) January 19, 2019
“It’s awesome,” Hildreth said on winning the title. “We’ve had such a tough run through this year, but we’ve worked so hard week in, week out, put our whole heart on the court. We’ve been going at each other every week, ready for this game. They made us work for it.”
Max Gausden supported Hildreth with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals, Abdou Gaye had 13 and Finlay Mitchell joined them in double figures with 10.
Storm Head Coach Mark Richards commented:
“It’s fantastic. They’ve worked so hard this, come through some adversity in the early rounds but I’m really, really pleased for the boys. It was a nice start for us, we pushed it well at the beginning, we had some defensive lapses later, but fought through and got the win.”
Alonas Peciulis had 29 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out for Baltic, whilst Nobunaga Okunola stuffed the stat-sheet with 21 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals.
It was Sussex who pulled away in the first half, taking a 20 point lead in the second quarter and were in cruise control. Down 21 heading into the final five minutes, things were looking bleak for Baltic, but a furious rally from Baltic saw them get the lead back to single digits before Storm were able to steady the ship and secure the win.