Young Steelers enjoy tournament success
THERE was a day to remember for the Scunthorpe Steelers Junior basketball team on Saturday as they entered their first ever tournament at the Sirius Academy in Hull.
With a total of four teams competing in the Under-12 category the Steelers had their work cut out, first facing the York Vikings A team.
After a cagey first half the young Steelers team found their shooting touch in the second half and raced away to a comfortable 18-8 victory on the back of strong defensive performances from Scott Leighton and Victor Fuentes.
In their second match of the day the Steelers took on the York Vikings B team.
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Despite being an easier game on paper the Viking B team provided another good test for the Steelers, in a repeat of the first game it would be a close encounter at the halfway point as the Steelers held an 8-6 advantage.
The second half however,
belonged to Josh Sands, who poured in seven of the 11 second half points as the Steelers once again raced away to clinch another victory, 19-10.
The final game was the all important decider. Scunthorpe faced the Hull Stingers with both teams unbeaten and level at the top of the standings.
It proved to be the best performance of the day from the young Steelers.
Martynas Dovidaitis orchestrated the offense with a composure that stood head and shoulders above all other players at the tournament, whilst the defensive efforts of Kirpal Sangha and Drew Newlove gave a solid base that allowed George Hotham and Oliver Mason to break away on numerous occasions.
The Steelers enjoyed a convincing 26-11 victory, taking home what is sure to be the first of many trophies for this young group of basketball enthusiasts.