Marshland’s young basketball stars net place in next round of National Schools competition

Marshland High School's Yr 9 basketball team.

Marshland High School's Yr 9 basketball team. - Credit: Archant

Marshland High School’s year 9 basketball team are celebrating after they secured their place in the next round of the National Schools championships.

Marshland High School's year 9 basketball team in action against KES.

Marshland High School's year 9 basketball team in action against KES. - Credit: Archant

The team played three games on Monday January 18, with their third and final tie of the evening against KES on Monday January 18.

The two teams entered the clash with one win each under their belts, with both knowing that they need a win to progress.

The game started well for Marshland, who quickly opened up an eight-point lead after the first quarter. The second quarter was an even affair, with KES coming back into the game, but Marshland’s strong start took the half score to 32-24 to the Wisbech side.

At the start of the third quarter, Marshland began to dominate and scored an impressive eight unanswered points, taking their lead to 16 points.


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In the final quarter, KES began to put up a fight, matching Marshland’s tally of 12 points, but Marshland’s earlier dominance meant they ran out 60-44 and took their place in the next round.

Players of the match went to Donatas Verikas, Jack Lane and Lewis Theobald.

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Donatas, playing a year above his age group, scored 22 points, and defended superbly, working with Jack Lane to double team KES’s best player who ended up with well over 100 points in the three games.

Marshland’s captain, Jack Lane, scored 10 points and Lewis Theobald scored 18 points.

The triumphant youngsters now go onto the next round of the National Schools competiton to face the Norwich champions Notre Dame - a team Marshland beat last season at the County finals.

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