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Rockets U14 Conference 3 endured what on paper (11 Losses, 1 Win) was a tough season but looking beyond these league results was one full of promise and potential.

The squad comprised of a combination of players either new to basketball and young players that also represented the Rockets U12 squad.

Early season performances were erratic with the players performing well for long stretches only for a few minutes lack of concentration spoiling their hard work and effort. This led to some tough losses, but this could only be expected from such a young inexperienced set of players.

Head Coach Ricardo D’Alva and Assistant Coach Mark Evans were supported by Tyrone Kinch and Jalaal Tudge. Coaches worked hard in training to lead intense sessions that focused on developing the fundamental skills required to be successful in the game of basketball.

Head Coach Ricardo Teixeira was pleased with the progress made, “ I really enjoyed the experience this season with such a young and enthusiastic group.

We were very clear in setting our expectations at the start of the year. The measurement of success for our group was never going to be results but upon skill development, progression and ensuring the players had a foundation to move on to the next level of play.

I believe that we managed to achieve our goals and help our large group of youngsters develop their love for the game of basketball.”

Taking this to heart, individually players were working hard week in week out and their performances were noticeably improving.

The U12’s playing up in age were gaining invaluable experience playing against older and physically stronger competition. This additional experience helped them sweep through their U12 league unbeaten. Older players were also improving and realising their strengths and improving on their weaknesses. Slowly but surely better team work and understanding started to lead to better performances.

Saving the best for last the team put in by far their best game of the season to win what turned out to be their final game against Shrewsbury Storm. A balanced scoring effort and fine team defence brought smiles to coaches, players and parents alike and the squad bowed out with their first win of the season.

Thank you to team manager Bobby Mushtaq who organised the team superbly and ensured the season ran as smoothly as possible and thank to all the parents!