March 30th 2017

Queensbridge are Junior NBA Birmingham National Champions

On Tuesday 28th March the Queensbridge Year 7 Basketball team travelled to the Leicester Arena, home of the current BBL leaders Leicester Riders, to play in the National Junior NBA finals.

The team had already triumphed in the conference section and came through two play-off games to qualify for the Finals day.

The day started with a semi final game, in which at the end of the first quarter Team QB were losing 9-1. The second quarter did not fare any better, as we reached half time 13-3 down. The game was certainly a tale of two halves, as the comeback began and, with 40 seconds left on the clock, the winning basket fell and Queensbridge claimed a 19 points to 18 victory.

That meant a final against a strong St Bedes Middle School team, who had been training together for the last three years. The game started very much like the first, with Team QB falling behind; however, the comeback once again started and the game finished 14-14. This led to overtime and the Golden Basket rule, in which the first team to score claims the title. St Bedes started with the ball, but were very quickly turned over and Keniah drove to the basket. A foul on the layup took him to the free throw line and gave Team QB two chances to win the game. The first shot came back off the ring, as did the second; however, fast reactions led to the rebound being won and another foul on Keniah as he went back up to try and score. Two more chances and this time there was no mistake. The first shot swished in and Queensbridge claimed the title of Junior NBA Birmingham National Champions.

Huge congratulations go to all the team for this fantastic achievement. They are now looking forward to their reward trip to watch the Worcester Wolves play Newcastle Eagles in a professional BBL League game on Friday evening. #proud