Basketball: Winterbourne International Academy in last 16 of national competition

Winterbourne International academy U14's basketball team, back row: Oliver Carey,14, Callum Fitzgeral,14. Leo Kayer,13, Harry Padfield,14. front row: Rory Schofield,14 Marlee Butler,14, Brandon Hatt,13, and Seb Hodge,14  (4987806)

Winterbourne International academy U14's basketball team, back row: Oliver Carey,14, Callum Fitzgeral,14. Leo Kayer,13, Harry Padfield,14. front row: Rory Schofield,14 Marlee Butler,14, Brandon Hatt,13, and Seb Hodge,14 (4987806)

First published in Yate and Sodbury Sport

WINTERBOURNE International Academy under-14s reached the last 16 of the English Schools' Competition after beating Bishop Wordsworth 65-31.

With a record attendance in the sports hall, Winterbourne Wolves racked up 18 points in the first quarter.

It was their defence, however, that really shone, only conceding two baskets in the opening ten minutes.

Callum Fitzgerald opened the scoring and continued to dominate the game inside the paint. He finished with a game-high 36 points.

The second quarter saw Winterbourne extend their lead. Captain Oli Carey finished with 22 points.

Although Seb Hodge, Wolves' three-point specialist, was not having his best shooting day, he contributed defensively.

Half-time came with Winterbourne leading 39-11.

The second half was a similar story of Winterbourne dominance. Leo Kayar and Brandon Hatt, who are a year younger than the other boys, demonstrated their maturity and mental toughness.

Kayar controlled the boards and Hatt made some nice assists.

Rory Schofield, Marley Butler and Harry Padfield have only been playing since October and left the crowd with the impression that they have been playing a lot longer. Their focus, intensity and defensive presence held the team up.

Winterbourne are due to face Churston Ferrers of Torbay in the next round at home on Thursday (4pm).

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