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Battle in the Capital ’17 Review

BTM Basketball’south Boxing in the Uppercase ‘17 was one of the most memorable junior tournaments held in the Britain in contempo memory, featuring over 200 players competing for 19 teams beyond iii categories. The atmosphere was electrical throughout the 2 days at the University of Eastward London’south incredible SportsDock facility, every bit over 500 spectators took the opportunity to watch some of Europe and the UK’south most talented young stars boxing it out for supremacy. The tournament was sponsored past Wilson, Holiday Inn Express and Globasket and supported by Kay Parker Therapy, Simon Roe Photography and Poesy Film Productions.

bitc9The elite boys u14 category featured 8 teams which included FC Barcelona, Apollo Amsterdam and Baltic Stars, who featured players from Lithuanian club SKM Vilnius. The line-up was rounded out by elite United kingdom of great britain and northern ireland clubs London Youngbloods Lions, Brentwood Burn, Richmond Knights, Manchester Magic and Sussex Storm.Nosotros were blown away by the incredible skill, athleticism and IQ of many of these u14 boys, and there were some mesmerising games of basketball over the class of the ii days.

bitc21After Twenty-four hour period 1’due south pool play and Day 2’s playoffs, the championship game pitted the athletic and speedy Richmond Knights against the tough and gritty Baltic Stars.In a game that showcased some incredible highlight plays, it was the Baltic Stars that emerged victorious with an explosion of long-range bombs and some tricky pick and roll play from their guards and bigs.

Forward Gediminas Alisas claimed the MVP award for his Baltic Stars team with his relentless play at both ends of the flooring and strong leadership for the group.

Final standings for the boys u14 tournament were:

ane. Baltic Stars
two. Richmond Knights
iii. Apollo Amsterdam
4. Manchester Magic
five. Brentwood Fire
6. London Youngbloods Lions
vii. FC Barcelona
eight. Sussex Storm

bitc22The boys u16 tournament featured vi United kingdom-based teams from across the state, which were Leicester Riders, Barking Abbey, Richmond Knights, Sussex Storm, Chelmsford Lions and Oaklands Wolves. The tournament was very physical with players battling difficult to accomplish success for their squad, leading to some very exciting games for onlookers.bitc5

Afterwards pool play and playoffs, the boys u16 tournament culminated with a well-drilled and skilled Richmond Knights team taking on a speedy and physical Barking Abbey in the championship game. In a back and forth thing that had several pb changes all the style down to the wire, it was the Richmond Knights that snatched victory 37-33.

MVP was the strong and skilled James Melt of Richmond Knights, who rebounded well at both ends and scored from the inside and from downtown for his team.

bitc10Terminal standings for the boys u16 tournament were:

1. Richmond Knights
2. Barking Abbey
3. Leicester Riders
4. Chelmsford Lions
5. Oaklands Wolves
vi. Sussex Tempest

bitc14The girls u14 category featured five Uk-based teams; Hounslow Hawks, Sevenoaks Suns, Oaklands Wolves, Brentwood Fire and East London Select. The level of girls basketball in the UK is steadily ascension and these clubs are some of the key reasons as to why. There was some tremendous brawl movement, hustle and conclusion making on display across the board.

bitc16This round-robin tournament in which every team played 4 games resulted in the peak 2 teams, Hounslow Hawks and Due east London Select, coincidentally facing off for supremacy in the concluding girls’ game of the afternoon. With no time remaining on the clock and the game tied at 24, East London Select stepped to the line and cooly sunk the game-winning free throw, sealing their tournament victory.

MVP of the girls u14 tournament was Fatima Jenneh of East London Select, a hard-working and skilled baby-sit that didn’t accept a play off throughout the entirety of the tournament.

bitc11Final standings for the girls u14 tournament were:

1. East London Select
2. Hounslow Hawks
3. Oaklands Wolves
4. Brentwood Burn
five. Sevenoaks Suns
bitc8There were some incredible moments throughout the tournament – here are our Summit 10 highlights:

ten. The competitive even so friendly atmosphere throughout with many new contacts made past coaches
9. The international flavour with FC Barcelona, Apollo Amsterdam and SKM Vilnius presence
viii. The Boys u14 grouping game between Apollo Amsterdam and champions Baltic Stars
seven. The Boys u16 tertiary identify playoff betwixt Leicester and Chelmsford that went downwards to the wire
6. The excitement of Boys u14 FC Barcelona getting their get-go win
5. The overtime end in the Boys u14 between Manchester and Brentwood
four. The incredibly competitive Boys u16 final betwixt Richmond and Barking Abbey
iii. Ines Goryanova’south winning free throw in the last second of the Girls u14 decider betwixt East London Select and Hounslow Hawks
two. The Boys u14 tertiary place playoff between Apollo Amsterdam and Manchester Magic
1. The Boys u14 final between Baltic Stars and Richmond and the incredible shooting display from Paulius Velutis

bitc12We were delighted with the showing of the players on the court, and the tremendous support of parents and supporters from the sidelines. Later on such a successful tournament we envision Battle in the Uppercase every bit the fundamental event in the Uk junior basketball calendar for many years to come.

Register your interest in the tournament hither or electronic mail united states with any questions yous have!