Greig City Academy defend their London Youth Games basketball title
PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:43 21 March 2013
Greig City Academy's girls won the London Youth Games title for Haringey for the second year in a row at the schools' basketball finals.
And there was double joy for both the Hornsey school and the borough as the boys’ team grabbed bronze at the prestigious capital-wide competition.
The girls, who were crowned champions in 2012, were in great form again as they won all three of their group games – including a 29-19 victory over St Saviours – and going on to triumph in the semi-final.
That earned them another showdown with St Saviours, from Southwark, who opened the scoring in the final, but Greig City took an 11-8 lead in the second quarter and never lost their lead.
The contest was close and St Saviours narrowed the gap to 23-22 in the closing seconds, but the reigning champions held on to retain the crown.
Greig City Academy’s team manager Ola Komenan was delighted with her team’s performance.
She said: “I’m very pleased, the girls have worked hard this season. This was a very close game but everybody stepped up in the final. They worked well as a team – less dribbling and more passing.
“It’s great they can come and represent their school. This is the first time we’ve had to work so hard through the group stages – the standard is getting high. Some of the younger girls will be back again next year and we’ll be out to win again!”
The boys’ team were impressive in the group phase but came up just short in the semi-finals, going down 22-16 against the eventual winners St Bonaventure’s Catholic of Newham.
Team manager Andrew Bailey was satisfied with his team’s efforts – and the bronze medal.
“We like this tournament,” he said. “We finished in the same place as last year, in the semi-final. It’s good, but we’ll just have to do a bit more work.
“We put in a lot of effort last year – the boys were young and we saw the standard we had to get to. We thought we were at that standard when we got to the semis again this year, but some teams have improved and we just needed a bit more work.
“It’s like a showcase for basketball for their age group, and there are a lot of people playing in London. At an event like this you get to see the standard of players of that age all in one place, and that’s really good.”