St Augustine’s travelled to Pindar on Wednesday evening for our last fixture of the year, and couldn’t wait to get going, with their many lunchtime and after school practices putting them in fantastic stead for the coming matches.

The lads were straight into it, with a competitive game against Graham being first on the cards. We dominated from the off, with some fantastic interplay between Joffy Crick and George Penfold creating some excellent shooting opportunities early on. A few very unlucky rebounds from Marcus Roach just weren’t meant to be, and the Graham team hit on the break, and with their smallest player being well over 6 foot, they soon made this advantage count. Two quick fire shots from Graham sent them into a 4-0 lead, before Marcus created a pocket of space to fire a 3-pointer home. It wasn’t to be however, and despite Ollie Walters making a nuisance of himself, with unconfirmed reports that he was small enough to run through the Graham players’ legs, we were very unlucky to lose 4-3.

Next up was the hosts Pindar, who with plenty of warm up time were well prepared. They certainly played to their strengths, and were very well drilled in preventing St Augs getting any space to shoot! The build-up play was a joy to watch, and teachers from other schools were taking time to come over and compliment our play. Drew Jordan and Ezeki Ebby were really starting to show their skills, both attacking and defending, barely giving the Pindar team an inch. Sam Lofts was using his speed and stamina to drive us forward, creating very good opportunities, one of which fell to the reliable Joffy to score. Pindar clearly had a game plan, and their blistering counter attacks caught us massively unawares, and they quickly shot to a 6-2 lead. A late lay up from Sam brought us back to 6-4, however the Pindar held on tightly to their lead and refused to budge.

Next up was the firm favourites Scalby, with many of our lads playing with them down at Seahawks. An excellent first half from St Augs raced us to an early lead through Marcus, with an unstoppable lay up bamboozling the Scalby defence. George Penfold was unstoppable in this game, with his dribbling leaving a trail of Scalby players behind him. Scalby were resorting to rough tactics in order to prevent any more damage being inflicted by Charlie Geall and Drew’s patient build up play, looking for the right moment to release Alec Randall in shooting positions. The second half was a different story, with every shot attempted by Scalby seeming to go in! At the other end Marcus, Joffy and George were working tirelessly trying to find an equaliser, and it was this that allowed us to be countered again, falling behind 6-2. A late foul by Scalby in their desperate attempts to stop the prolific Marcus from shooting gave us another point, but the ref then called time. A 6-3 loss.

One last match vs Filey and the lads were desperate to turn their unlucky and marginal defeats around, in particular Charlie Geall, who spearheaded the attack like a man possessed, and two quick baskets from him set the tone for the rest of the match. Ollie followed suit, following excellent build up play from George, Joffy and Alec, Ollie sunk two baskets of his own. In the second half Marcus and Drew got in on the act, adding a basket each, with excellent defensive play from Ezeki and Sam preventing attack after attack from Filey. A comfortable victory in the last game, 12-0 and the lads should be very proud of themselves, with only the luck of the baskets preventing us from progressing.