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THE COLBC WEEKLY ROUND-UP: 8TH-14TH NOVEMBER 2021

November 14th 2021

Edition 5 of ‘The COLBC Weekly Round-Up’ offers a snapshot of all the week’s JNL results and academy progress.


The weekend of the 13th/14th November 2021 saw the club compete in 9 different fixtures across the country in both the JNL.


SATURDAY


The U14 Conference Boys split the weekend’s games with a close-fought contest against Calderdale Explorers at home ending 48-46 for their first win of the season. Both teams showed that they have a bright future, with some up tempo play. Coach Jake Shuttlewood maintained his developmental focus, with all his chargers benefiting from the rotation. 


On Sunday, local rivals LDM visited the LBU arena and showed a strong and physical side to the game, dominating rebounding and second-chance opportunities. This game would see a number of our U11 and U12 boys enter JNL basketball for the first time and despite the score, much-needed game time was shared with lots of opportunities to learn from the 23-100 game.


Coach Shuttlewood was pleased with his team’s output saying:


“Calderdale showed quick thinking to beat us out the gate with good passing play which tied it up at half-time. Once we got engaged within the flow of the game it allowed us to make good plays which led to easy points. The game was tied for almost the entirety of the fourth quarter nevertheless we persevered and came away with our first win of the season!”


U14 Conference Performer Of The Week: Jack Slack


Our U18 Development side welcomed the Tees Valley Mohawks to the arena and in the opening period of the contest, both teams came out with a physical and fast-paced approach. The lead changed hands several times and Leeds then extended the lead to a double-digit split. Unfortunately, due to an accruement of quick fouls and potential a lack of focus, the Mohawks capitalised and roles were reversed as the score finished 67-87.


Coach Bingham reflected on the loss:


“A tough loss at home against a well organised Tees Valley side. We came into the game with a strong start making great reads and shooting well. Unfortunately foul trouble took players out of the game for spells and gave away a number of opportunities”


U18 Conference Performer Of The Week: Lucas Rawson


The U14 Girls notched up their first win of the season in an evenly matched contest against the Manchester Mystics III. Born of lessons learned in recent weeks, the girls showed increased connectivity with stronger and more consistent defensive outputs, stronger ball movement and increased productivity in transition. 


Coach Ben Allen was delighted to pick up a win with his girls:


“Amazing team effort today in a closely contested game! Nothing between the two teams throughout the first 3 quarters but we remained resolute to score 19 points in the 4th and take the win!”


U14 Girls Performer Of The Week: Lucy Mills


The Newcastle Eagles have been in good form of late and they maintained their rhythm against our U16 Boys Primmer side who were missing several key players. This gave Coach Messam opportunity to go deeper into his rotation, and a number of players seized the opportunity to improve in what was a physical encounter. Newcastle proved too strong on the interior and capitalised incredibly well on turnovers generated by their well-rounded team defense to take the win 31-82.


Coach Messam credited Newcastle with a strong performance which was consistent throughout and reinforced that their needed to be improvements in several areas stating:


“We need to consistently show desire on the defensive end of the floor and be braver in transition and with our drive game. We settled a little bit too much for the outside shot in this particular game. On a positive note, it was good to see some of our younger players step up, in particular Ethan Utley and Max Stead.”


U16 Boys Premier Performer Of The Week: Sam Barraclough


The U18 Girls travelled to the North-East to face the Durham Palatinates in their first of two games over the weekend, with Coach Katie Lamond looking for their first win of the season. In a closely-fought contest, the girls showed a great deal of resolve and a better understanding of one another on the floor. In particular, the girls showed an improved intensity on defense and stronger outputs in possessional elements of the game, such as rebounding and loose ball situations.


Despite losing on Sunday to Northants, Coach Lamond was keen to praise Hattie Miles and Nicole Carroll who have both shown significant improvements over the first couple of months of the season.


“This was a very strong team performance from the girls and I am pleased that things are beginning to translate from the practice floor into our game-day performances. A highlight was the significant contributions that Hattie and Nicole delivered.”


U18 Girls Performer Of The Week: Hattie Miles


SUNDAY


Coach Marcus Browne’s U16 Boys Development side matched up with North Yorkshire rivals York Eagles, who are one of the stronger outfits in the Conference league this season. Despite the 41-121 score line, the team has seen significant improvement throughout the opening weeks of the season and continues to make strides in the player’s comprehension of the game.

U16 Conference Performer Of The Week: Luke Easton


The U18 Premier Boys returned to action after a 2 week break and matched up with powerhouse Manchester Magic. Manchester imposed themselves early, with their trademark full court pressure generating a flurry of quick baskets. The opening minutes were marred by an injury to Valdir Isaac, which would see him take no further part in the fixture. Once the Academy team settled and acclimatised to the Manchester defense, outputs improved. A second injury to Finn Kerr would see the back court further depleted, but the team continued to show resolve. A stronger second quarter saw the deficit reduced to 24 with a number of positive plays towards the close of the half.


Unfortunately the 3rd quarter mirrored the 1st with Manchester punching their way to a 22-0 run, which all but concluded the contest. However, the 4th quarter would see valuable minutes accrued by our younger cohort with Beau Sproul, Marcello Maffezzolli and Alex McCulloch gaining much needed experience against tough opposition.


Coach Newby was objective about the 94-44 result:


“Manchester continue to set the benchmark in terms of consistency and I was impressed with the strength in depth of their unit, however, we know we could’ve given a better account of who we are. It was a valuable learning experience for our players and coaches, and as tough as the loss was, I feel we can make some strong gains prior to the Christmas break.”


U18 Premier Performer Of The Week: Terry Kodom

That wraps up edition 5 of the weekly round-up. Thank you to all players, coaches and parents for their efforts this week.