Canterbury Academy Crusaders win maiden U18 Men's title with 'final Crusade' -

Canterbury Academy Crusaders win maiden U18 Men’s title with ‘final Crusade’

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Canterbury Academy Crusaders won their first junior national title with a 91-42 rout over London United in the Under-18 Men’s final on Sunday at the National Basketball Performance Centre.

In campaign dubbed ‘the final crusade’ after Basketball England’s controversial Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) re-tender that saw Canterbury – one of the founding members of the Elite Academy Basketball League (EABL) – unsuccessful in their application to remain in the U19 competition from next season, the Kent-based club had the perfect finish to a season to remove any doubt of their ability to produce and develop talent.

Despite not being in the EABL from 2024-25, they will remain in the junior national league competitions where they will now look to defend their title.

They held London United to just 20% shooting from the field (and 10% from three) to secure what will be up there amongst the largest margins of victory ever in a junior national final.

“A huge weight (has been lifted),” Head Coach Adam Davies said after the game.

“It’s been the final crusade; we’ve been kicked out the EABL, rightly or not, we wanted to show everyone that we shouldn’t have been to be honest with you. Hopefully that was it, the final crusade for us, obviously we’re still playing but we felt like it was unfair and unjust that we’re not going to be in the EABL and so we’ve used this season to make a point that we can develop guys and win basketball games.”

Tim Oboh picked up MVP honours after a dominant weekend finishing with 28 points and 23 rebounds on 12/19 shooting, having had a 30-point, 23-rebound semi-final performance.

Ludlow Hewson with 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Shem Onadeko had 19 points and six assists.

Junior Cesar-Sanchez Falette led London United with 17 points but was the only player in double figures.

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