St Augustine’s travelled the short distance to Scalby on Tuesday night for a Basketball tournament against Pindar, Filey & Scalby. It was the first time that some students had represented the school, and their enthusiasm was fantastic to see.

The first game was a thrilling, end-to-end match against Filey, with Filey take the lead. This lead didn’t last long, with Abel Renju brilliantly dribbling past 2 players before shooting a basket. Andrew Scyrmgeour was a constant menace to the Filey defence, finding pockets and space and demanding the ball from his teammates in good positions. Fionn Gillan used his speed and agility to great effect, darting in and out of the slower Filey players, running rings around them. It wasn’t to be however, and despite Isaac Wells firing a superb 3-pointer which was cruelly disallowed for a double movement, Filey scored a second basket and the game finished 2-4.

The second match was against the eventual winners Scalby, and clearly buoyant from their previous match, desperate to make amends for an unlucky result, excellent play from Adrian Castro-Sosa and Aldo Camilleri led to St Augs racing to an early lead. It was a classic game of two halves, as we had dominated the first, Scalby dominated the second and managed to sink three unanswered baskets. Ryan Wilding was beginning to find his feet, and used his fantastic leadership and communication skills to organise his teammates. Despite Isaac Wells’ growing confidence, with his brilliant shooting skills almost reducing the deficient, St Aug’s eventually lost 2-6.

St Augs’ final match was against Pindar, who took an early lead through a breakaway counter attack after some sustained pressure from Sam Curtis and Abel. Andrew again found himself defending for his life, and despite a few small fouls, the Pindar players were unable to get past him. In the second half Trenton Parkin came on and immediately breathed life into the game, scoring with a long-range effort to square the game. His shooting skills thankfully were much better than his celebration dancing skills! Sam and Fionn combined excellently with Aldo and Adrian again, however the luck of the shooting was clearly with Pindar this evening, as they managed to score two more baskets and ran out 2-6 winners. The lads should be extremely proud of themselves and were an absolute credit to the school