16 Mar 2018
Double League Champions for Whitgift basketball

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U16 League Champions U15 League Champions

The basketball season has certainly been an exciting one for Whitgift so far this year. The sport has been growing in popularity for a number of years and the hard work and dedication of the players has been paying off.

After finishing 3rd the previous season, the Whitgift U15s had to face last year’s champion, Dulwich College, in the LISBA league semi-final, on 6 March. Basketball coach, Mr Clemens Krammer, commented, “As was expected, it was a physical and close game for the first three quarters. Whitgift then played a tremendous defence and showed a great team effort to secure the 53:41 triumph and a spot in the final against City of London School.”

It was going to be a tough final; City had remained undefeated all season long and three Whitgift players had to rest most of the game due to minor injuries sustained. Mr Krammer, said, “Whitgift ran out of steam at the end of the third quarter and could not stop City’s main player defensively. Being down 50:60 with 10 minutes to go, morale was low and the boys were tired. However, they were able to step up yet again. They played a tremendous defence and managed to surge to an amazing 76:68 victory to crown Whitgift U15 league champions for the very first time. Myles Alcindor (Year 9) captained the team and finished with an unbelievable 54 points, breaking the School scoring record.”

Later that week, the U16s faced Alleyn’s School in the semi-finals. The match turned out to be much more of a challenge than expected, with Whitgift struggling with the opponent’s exceptional 3-point shooting and their fast breaks. The sheer desire to win made the difference in the end, with a 74:68 win to Whitgift.

The final was due to be a repeat of last year’s Whitgift v City of London School, however, this time Whitgift were determined to win. Mr Krammer recounts, “We were much better prepared this time and started off on fire. Joshua Uduje (37 points) and Adam Williams-Baffoe (7 points) scored several 3-point shots against their zone defence. Gabriele Martoglia had his best game of the season (with 17 points) and Toba Adepoju (9 points) played exceptionally well on defence. Every player had their time to shine on the court and we walked away with another trophy, defeating City of London School 75:60.