County Upper coach Darren Johnson had few complaints after seeing his Under-14 boys lose to high-flying Milton Keynes.
The youngsters, who were missing a number of influential players, suffered a 88-49 defeat in the East Conference National League.
Johnson said: “This was a tough game for us. Milton Keynes are a top-of-the-table team and proved why today. They had a lot more height than us which played into their favour, allowing them to create second and third chance points.
“We will be continuing to work hard on our defence and offence as we progress into the season. We have a great group of players here that I know will only get better.”
County Upper were unable to match the physicality and speed of Milton Keynes, who recorded a 22-2 run in the second quarter to take a 46-22 lead into half-time.
The team, who travel to Thurrock Thunder this weekend, were led in scoring by Ethan Doward with 12 points, supported by Anthony House with 10 points.
n The injury-hit Under-16 boys lost 70-41 to Thurrock in the East Conference National League.
Without the injured Josh Hales and Luca Beadle, as well as last week’s top scorer Patrick Laycock, County Upper were forced to field a young side.
Thurrock held a 24-14 advantage after the first quarter, which they increased to 41-23 going into the interval.
Phil Ennis-Bugg took a knock to his knee and had to sit out for the remainder of the game.
County Upper, who won the last quarter 8-7, were led in scoring by Brandon Marshall with 19 points, supported by Phillip Ennis-Bugg with nine points.
The team face Southend Swifts next.