The U11s played three games for the last round of the Harlow U11 JCVL 2019/20 and came home with a clean sheet to finish third overall!
Cats 19 – Brentwood Fire 10: the Cats had a slow start of the day, with a low-scoring game against a tough opponent. We manage to keep our signature tough defence up and took the win home.
Cats 31 – Royals 13: this was going to be a tricky one, as the Royals are much tougher than their .500 record suggested. The cats raised the bar in defence by a few notches and the game turned out to be a defence masterclass, with oru players doing stuff we do not even remember teaching (defensive help and rotation, are you kidding me?!). We managed to shutdown the most prolific Royals scorers, whilst our offence kept going, particularly in the second half.
Cats 26 – Hawks Red 10: this was a game where we could have done better offensively, with a couple of scoring droughts, but once again our great work at the defensive end proved vital. Well done guys!
The coaches are particularly proud, having turned up with a record-breaking roster of 12 players, who shared equal court-time and gave a great contribution. As these games marked the end of the season, we would like to make an exception to the rule and we will list our players by name, in no specific order:
Viktor Rajkovaca – There is no going past him, “literally” a wall in defence
Luca Colucci – Carried the team and shared the ball, whilst scoring buckets at the same time, our very own “points guard”
Nicolo’ Chessari – This kid was everywhere, forcing turnovers, stealing balls, the king of intangibles
Ata Refioglu – A consistent volume scorer, Ata raised the bar in defence, showing how dominant a pocket-sized player can be
Jenson Green – Part of our own “Splash brothers” duo with Ata, Jenson displayed killer ball handling and was fearless when attacking the rim
Jacob Kelsall – Some players always seem to be in the right place at the right time and seem to be able to do everything, Jacob is one of them. Our very own Draymond Green.
Kalel Palacios – Kalel displayed poise and panther-like moves (kinda like Kawhi), scored, kept cool. We coaches can always count on her!
Shem Castro – MVP! MVP! Arguably the best two-way and most efficient player in the league, he seemed to be physically carrying the team at times.
Lorenzo Buso – Lorenzo is growing into a heck of a player, our PF of the future
James Neely – James showed off his potential and skills, he protects the rim like Hakeem!
Nir Indursky – Who needs Shaq, when you can have Nir? Dominated the post position and scored buckets on his debut!
David Maestre – A relatively new addition to the team, David showed personality and shut down his opponents in defence to they point they had to beg him to stop!
Aitana Velasco – Our Coaches’ player of the season came a long way from an absolute beginner to a force to be reckoned with