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Bristol Met continue basketball dominance

Under-14s storm to victory in national championships

Posted by Alex Diggins | May 27, 2018 | School life

Bristol Metropolitan's under-14s were crowned national basketball champions on the 16th May. This victory follows on from their triumph at the European Championships, which they won last year. 

At the national championships, staged at the National Performance Center in Manchester, they beat fierce competition in the final, battling it out against Shoeburyness School from Bury. They eventually amassed a massive total and won with an emphatic final score of 94-50. 

In fact, Bristol Met had two teams at the national finals, the first time in the school's forty-year history. Bristol Met under-16 boys reached their final but unfortunately lost out to St George’s Academy by just ten points.

Louie Tucker, Bristol Met under-14 player, also won the most valuable player of the tournament award, voted for by all coaches. Around 150 schools started out in each category of this tournament, and both teams had to beat twelve teams to get as far as they did.

Bristol Met teams have a successful legacy of feeding players into both Bristol Flyers and Bristol Storm basketball teams. They also have five players on international duty with England, Tunisia and Norway. Casey Cox is in the England ladies basketball programme.

Tom Hooper, Head of PE and Head Coach of Bristol Met basketball team, commented: “For me, this this is a massive achievement for the Academy and a culmination of five years of extremely hard work and effort by staff and students. No doubt, the fact that the players have to adhere to a strict code of behavior and attendance in their everyday school life, and lessons, for inclusion in the team has played its part in their success. I would personally like to thank everyone who has worked with the teams, their efforts have been invaluable.”

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