Junior Roundup: 3rd/4th December 2022

It was another busy weekend for Rockets’ junior sides with a host of impressive results across the board and every team continuing to showcase their progression on the court.

Our Under 16 Boys Premier side enjoyed a fantastic weekend as they ground out two critical wins in the context of their season.

Saturday saw Coach Douglas’ side travel to Trafford Magic – edging a nail-biting contest in dramatic fashion to come away with a 64-63 win.

Sunday saw the team play host Northamptonshire Titans in National Cup action and once again they prevailed, this time after overtime, to progress to the quarterfinals courtesy of a 95-90 win.

It was yet another positive weekend for our Under 16 Girls side, who moved to 4-0 and to the top of their division after a dominant 90-36 win at Frankley Falcons on Sunday.

Tia May and Rhianna Shackleton continued to impress with their scoring prowess and were a constant threat all through the match.

Beth Parnell-Lea again displayed how multifaceted she is as a player, stepping in as point guard for much of the game, scoring highly whilst racking up numerous assists.

The constant hustle of the team saw Fatoumata Sarr-Sarr get countless steals whilst the strength of the squad was clearly evident as Aminata Kamara, Tahlia Christian and Aida Djohore-Badiane dominated the boards and all contributed to the points total.

This commanding performance was rounded off by fine defence and superb team play by Sara Hamoud and Efe Ottah.

Coach Afonso Tavares’ Under 14 Boys Premier also continued their winning run with a solid home win against City of Leeds Gold.

The team recorded their third win in as many league games by dispatching our northern visitors 71-57 at Nechells Wellbeing Centre in Saturday’s early game.

Saturday proved to be a mixed afternoon for our Under 18s, with Coach Ricardo D’Alva’s Under 18 Boys Premier slipping to a 61-89 defeat against an experienced Team Solent Kestrels side.

Later, in the evening’s final game, our Under 18 Boys Conference held their nerve to take West Bromwich Albion in overtime.

A tight extra period of play saw Coach Dudley’s team recover from their fourth quarter setback to record a fantastic two-point win with some late defensive stops proving crucial.