Under-16 boys take the sting out of Scorpions

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There were two wins and two defeats for County Upper Basketball Academy across the latest round of matches.

The most impressive performance and result of the day came from the under-16 boys, who quickly set about taking the sting out of a Scorpions side from Shoeburyness before running up an 82-46 scoreline.

County Upper set the scene in the first quarter, building up a 19-8 lead that while the gap was 17 points by the break at 38-21.

They extended their advantage to a whopping 32 points by the end of a clinical third quarter and continued to score well in the final period, eventually winning by 37 points.

Four County Upper players got into double digits in the game: Luca Beadle (23pts), Josh Hales (17pts), Brandon Marshall (14pts) and Cameron Poolton (11pts).

The side host Brentwood Leopards tomorrow.

The under-14 girls were also victorious, using a strong fourth quarter at Northampton Titans to record a 73-60 winning margin.

Lizzy Sanders was their leading scorer with 20 points, while Georgia Tansley, Grace Spooner and Alex Popova also contributed well with the baskets, with 18, 16 and 11 respectively.

The girls have two games this weekend, the first away at VS Oaklands in St Albans tomorrow, before hosting VS Norfolk on Sunday.

The under-14 boys came up agonizingly short in a 85-75 defeat at home to a strong Luton side.

It was the defence which ultimately let them down, with Freddie Barber (14pts) ending his side’s top scorer.

The boys will be looking to bounce back at home to Bucks Hornets.

A depleted Under-16 Girls side went down to a 66-40 defeat at Thurrock Hornets in which they were behind 32-17 at the break and picked up two more costly injuries.

Megan Utting (18pts) was the side’s top scorer, ahead of their trip to Brighton.