Our U14 team returned victorious late Saturday night after dominating the first stage of EYBL competition.
European Youth Basketball League is endorsed by FIBA as the top competition for European club teams played over two stages in different European locations after which the teams at the top of the leader board progress to a third SUPERFINAL stage.
London United U14’s started the tournament strong with convincing wins over Eurobasket Rome (68-41) and Sokol Prazsky (102-32). The toughest test of the tournament was from Hungarian BC Balkan.
From the beginning of the game our young Londoners had problems dealing with the threat from the Bulgarian’s sharp shooters. A half time lead of 9 points has increased to 18 in favour of United in the middle of the third quarter. However, the introduction of zone defence allowed Balkan to reduce the margin to 8 points and temporarily regain momentum. United quickly regained composure with well executed offences resulting in Joel Codner finishing consecutive baskets from under the basket.
United’s backcourt of Zargel Adap, Liam Campbell and Josh Ecclestone who led all scorers with 22 points finally managed to nullify the Bulgarian outside threat and secure a crucial win for United.
United confirmed their first place in Stage I of the competition after rather routinely beating Tigrisek Sopron 42-96 in the final game.
In addition to London United securing top position in the first stage of the competition the performances of individuals were recognised with the following United players picking up awards;
Josh Eccleston – All Star Team
Michael Amako – MVP of the Final
Joel Codner – Tournament MVP
Full results of EYBL Stage I competition:
London United 68:41 Eurobasket Rome
London United 102:32 Sokol Prazsky
BC Balkan 56:68 London United
Soproni Tigrisek SE 42:96 London United
Stage II of EYBL competition will take place on 24-26 January 2019 in Botevgrad, Bulgaria.