After three years of conference basketball U16 Crusaders were back in the premier division. On Saturday they had their first test against London Youngbloods inside headquarters Brompton.
The first quarter saw Kent come out with lots of energy but nervous got the best of them, with players missing lots of easy chances around the basket. But with everyone buying in to play defence they managed to keep the London side to just 4 points in the period and hold a 13 point lead.
The second quarter saw both teams struggle on the offensive end. Will Raife and Julius Sireikis kept the score ticking over though and at half time is was 30-17 in favour of the home side.
The second half saw both teams make runs for the win but it was Crusaders who managed to hold on. Ryan Ganniclefft who was playing his first game for Crusaders played a big part in keeping the team ahead hitting his second three pointer of the game at a crucial point in the game. David Awani was also making his debut and contributed on both sides of the ball, which helped Kent to a 66-62 win.
Coach Davies commented on his sides performance “We have had eight really good sessions since we came back from the summer and I’m really pleased with the performance and the shifts the players have put in today. Looking forward to the week ahead and another opportunity to get better next week against Greenhouse”