Basketball: Winterbourne International Academy team in last eight of national competition

Gazette Series: Action from the game between Winterbourne Wolves (black and yellow) and Churston Ferres Action from the game between Winterbourne Wolves (black and yellow) and Churston Ferres

WINTERBOURNE Wolves, the U14 basketball team at Winterbourne International Academy, beat their toughest opposition yet to reach the quarter-finals of the National Schools Basketball Competition.

Churston Ferres from Torbay, managed by the South West England junior coach, turned up with a well drilled outfit and deep bench, but Winterbourne Wolves were going to take some stopping.

The defences were impeccable and the first period ended 9-5 to the home team.

Leo Kayar came out strong in the second quarter, scoring two quick successive baskets.

The Wolves continued to extend the lead and by half-time were up by eight.

After a few misses, Seb Hodge started to get his eye in and hit two big three-point shots. The third quarter score was 18-18.

Despite some outstanding defence from Marley Butler, Brandon Hatt and Rory Schofield, Churston clawed their back within four points with five minutes to play.

After a quick regroup, Hodge launched a three-point shot like an arrow into the heart of the visitors. The crowd went crazy.

Captain Oli Carey, Callum Fitzgerald and Hodge saw out the game, scoring a total of 16, 16 and 17 points respectively to win the game 56-46.

Winterbourne Wolves: Oli Carey (c), Callum Fitzgerald, Seb Hodge, Morgan Stiles, Leo Kayar, Brandon Hatt, Marley Butler, Rory Schofield, Harry Padfield.

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