The U16 basketball team have enjoyed a long and successful season but now sadly it is the end of the road with defeat in the last 16 of the London Youth Games. As Newham Champions, Lister went on to beat Enfield Champions setting up a last 16 tie away at Redbridge Champions Chadwell Academy.
Lister fell way behind in the first quarter, the large number of spectators playing on their usually fearless confidence. Tactical changes and resilience from the boys brought Lister level at half time, Timmy and Reinaldes scoring well while excellent performances from Filipe, Max and Aaron energised the team. It was Chadwell, however, who took advantage in the third with the big number 9 slam dunking. Home spectators cheered in high spirits and Lister found themselves unable to reply.
Manraj, Eric and Frances (Year 10) came on in the fourth and turned the score line around to put Lister in sight but it was not to be Listers day.
Well done to the boys – Eric, Manraj, Frances, Filipe, Timmy, Reinaldes, Max, Aaron, Hocine – for an excellent cup run.