On Tuesday evening Year 8 took part in the Area Partnership Basketball Finals, having previously finishing second in the Scarborough Schools’ competition. Due to one team failing to arrive the two semi-finals and a final format was turned into a round-robin tournament, with Year 8 facing off against the much fancied, Ryedale – who have monopolised the trophy for the best part of the last 15 years.

Ryedale’s class shone through from the very beginning, winning rebounds and turnovers, and speedily working the ball down the court to score on numerous occasions. Marcus Roach scored with a brilliant lay-up, after a neat piece of skill to dribble past a couple of opponents to create the chance. And Jakub Wyrzykowski picked up numerous rebounds in the key to keep the ball alive for Year 8.

In the second-half George Penfold and Jonathan Crick intricate passing created some chances but success, and baskets, failed to follow. Ryedale continued to dominate, with their superior rebounding and shooting keeping the scoreboard ticking up. Ultimately, Year 8 were unable to cope with the speed of Ryedale’s direct transitions from defence to attack, and Ryedale ran out deserved 35-3 winners. They would follow up this performance with a similar one against Scalby to once again secure the trophy.

This meant that St. Augustine’s would face Scalby in the 2nd/3rd place match. This game was a much tighter affair for both teams and early baskets were traded – a superb pass from Joe Logue created the opportunity for Jakub, in the paint, who duly despatched his shot. With time running out in the first-half Marcus Roach took it to the hole to score with a lay-up and give St. Augustine’s a 4-2 half-time lead.

The second-half continued in the same competitive vein, with Scalby levelling the match after a couple of minutes of the re-start. With the game in the balance Scalby edged ahead in the final moments and held on for 7-4 victory, to claim second place overall.

The boys conducted themselves superbly and were a credit to the school.