In the first season of Basketball England running an U12 National League, City of Birmingham ended with a record of 8 wins and 0 losses in Regional Pool 3.
Due to the season being cut short (for well documented reasons) the team ended up finishing second in the league by virtue of playing one game less than the winning team. With the last 4 fixtures to play on consecutive weekends it was unfortunate timing when the season ended abruptly. The team were perfectly positioned with a great shot at a first-place finish.
Although obviously disappointed not to get the chance to complete the season Head Coach Mark Evans and Assistant Coach/ Youth Programme Coordinator Ricardo D’Alva were extremely proud of a number of things:
Firstly, and most importantly the development of each and every player has been amazing. Each player contributed to the positive results this season and gave the required effort which saw team performances consistently improve.
Secondly the hard work in training translated well onto the court, with the team ending the season unbeaten with the best points difference in their pool. Some of the basketball played at such a young age was advanced beyond their years.
Lastly as the season progressed the players really jelled together and learned the values of team work that benefitted their on-court performances.
Many of these U12 players represented COB in the U14 Midlands Conference league and playing up at that age group really improved their confidence and performances in the U12’s. Next season we hope all members of this U12 squad continue to improve and build on the solid foundations laid during this season.
The U12’s has really been a team effort this season with Tyrone Kinch and Jalaal Tudge also supporting the main coaches superbly with development and progression of players in training.
A big thank you goes out to team manager Bobby Mushtaq who worked tirelessly to support organisation of the team and ensuring everything ran smoothly.