Bobbito Garcia’s Full Court 21 Hits London

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For those who play basketball in the parks all across the city and those who have been looking for something exciting to get involved in over the summer, playground basketball’s global ambassador, Bobbito Garcia, has launched a fresh new streetball competition and it’s coming to London!

Bobbito Garcia’s Full Court 21 is a new basketball tournament concept featuring multiple defenders guarding whichever player has the ball. No teammates. You against the world.  It’s on…

’21’ will be a familiar game to those who play regularly in the parks, but adding the full court element with a competitive pathway that allows the winner of the London event to progress through to New York City to play in the World Finals adds layers of flavour to an already delicious proposition for ballers across the UK.

The rules and format are straight-forward – all against all, with a clear scoring system, first player to reach ’21’ wins.  The London qualifier is being run in partnership with Reach & Teach and will take place between 2pm-5pm at Ducketts Common Park, Turnpike Lane, London – on Sunday 26th July, 2015.

R&T’s Nhamo Shire said: “We’re all excited to welcome Bobbito Garcia’s Full Court 21 to London!  The game is fresh, different and centred on playground basketball – all things we love at Reach & Teach.  There are so many different ways to enjoy basketball and Full Court 21 hasn’t been done before here in London, so it’s going to be historic for all those involved!”.  Summer programs manager Julius Joseph added: “Full Court 21 develops your skills as a basketball player as you have to have a good handle and shot to win, both things you can work on in the parks anytime without any restrictions. Getting players back out in the parks for this and other programs we run such as Ball Out, for us, represent the answer to many of the problems players face across London with access to facilities – the parks are free, the game is free – all you need is a ball and passion to play”.

Places in the main competition are limited, so to register your interest and find out more, email: jjoseph@reachandteach.co.uk with ‘Bobbito Garcia’s Full Court 21 London’ in the subject line, today!

*Places are allocated on a first come – first served basis, so email today to avoid disappointment on the day!

CBL PLAYOFF FINALS 2015: THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE…

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The Community Basketball League comes to an exciting climax this Sunday, 7th June at the Regal in Vauxhall.

Teams from across London have been battling all season long to earn a place in the prestigious CBL Finals across the U12, U14, U16, U18 and U25 divisions  and have been eagerly anticipating the opportunity to compete for their respective CBL 2015 crowns.

The team line up for Sunday:

11am – U12 Finals – Gintaras Vs Activities4U

12pm – U14 Finals – Brent Ballers Vs Haringey Hawks

1pm – U16 Finals – Croydon Cougars Vs Kennington Generals

2pm – First Awards Presentation

2:30pm – CBL MVP 1 on 1 Championship

3pm – U18 Finals – Islington Panthers Vs Haringey Hawks

4pm – U25 Finals – Haringey Hawks Vs Westminster Warriors

Awards will also be presented for Most Valuable Players for each older age group division – decided this year in a final ‘1on1’ clash between the top two candidates from each division.

Members from the wider London Basketball Community have been invited to celebrate the best in grassroots basketball and to come along to catch a glimpse of ‘tomorrow’s stars, today’!

Entrance is FREE and entrance granted on a ‘first come-first served’ basis, so get to the Regal early and come along to support community teams from across the capital in their efforts to showcase their seasons work and achieve the ultimate prize in community hoops.

CBL Week 7 Recap: U16s Roundup

The action was thick and fast down at the Copperbox Arena at the start of the new year as the CBL U16s action got back underway.

The impressive Barnet Bulldogs A Team ground out a narrow 4 point win against the London Pulse behind an MVP performance from Ukiel Ajongo, who finished the game with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks.  The Bulldogs are a well-coached, disciplined outfit with a number of players who continue to impress and are sure to be a force to be reckoned with as the season progresses.

CBA Lions made the most of their ‘home venue’ in a convincing 41 point win against the Frenford Falcons.  Lions Kailum Nicholas was awarded the game MVP but was quick to mention his teammates defensive efforts as the keys to their victory.

In other games, Barnet Bulldogs B team beat UC Ducks 31-26, only for the Ducks to bounce back to beat Harrow Blackhawks 42-28. Edmonton County beat Sutton All-Stars while Brent Ballers eased out to a comfortable win against London United, 36-13.

In one of the highlight games of the day, Kennington Generals emerged victorious against the energetic Edmonton County Cavaliers. Game MVP went to the Generals Tunde Owolab:

 

Full results:

CBA Lions 60  Frenford Falcons 19

Gintaras 42   Dagenham Dragons 16

Young Hackney Jedis 13 Haringey 76ers 18

Troy Tigers 14 Haringey Hawks 34

Edmonton County Cavaliers 20 Phoenicians Basketball Club 0

Enfield Scorpions 32 Kennington Generals 40

Greenford Green Army 38 Barnet East Giants 20

Edmonton County Cavaliers 36 SAS Basketball 4

UC Ducks 42 Harrow Blackhawks 28

UC Ducks 26 Barnet Bulldogs B Team 31

Brent Ballers 36 London United 13

Barnet Bulldogs A Team 44 London Pulse 40

CBL Week 6 Recap – Under 14s Roundup

Under 14’s action in the league that gives opportunities to ‘tomorrows stars today’ saw Eastside Eagles soar higher than the Frenford Falcons with a balanced, well-coordinated attack that led them to a 42-8 win. Hawks beat Dagenham by 50, Barnet beat Westside by 28 and the Harrow Blackhawks edged a tightly contested game against COLA by 4.

Full results:

Enfield Scorpions 20
CBA Lions 0

Eastern Young Hackney Jedis 0
Hackney Kings 20

Frenford Falcons 8
Eastside Eagles 42

Dagenham Dragons 2
Haringey Hawks 52

Westside 11
Barnet Bulldogs 39

Harrow Blackhawks 50
City Of London Academy 46

Brent Ballers 53
London Pulse 29

Harrow Blackhawks 68
Barnet East Giants 17

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CBL Week 5 Recap: Under 18 Boys Roundup

CBL U18 action saw West London based UC Ducks win a close 3 point game over North London’s CONEL Warriors. Westminster Warriors, led by savvy guard Malik Donegal, saw off a competitive challenge from Brent Ballers, eventually running out to a 53-33 win.  In Warriors second game of the day, Donegal had a much easier time in leading his ‘green machine’ to a comfortable 51-8 win over the Ducks.

Haringey Hawks continued to show their undeniable on-court prowess with a 27 point win against Brent Blazers, behind Lumear Small – the younger brother of CBL All-Star Javel Small.  Lumear is emerging as an athletic, ‘do-it-all’ guard  who defends well and gets out in transition.  In a league of ‘future stars’ Small may be one to keep an eye on.

Southwark Legends won a close and entertaining game against London Pulse, 37-33.  Raphael Falconer emerged as the game MVP, highlighting a strong all-around game effort from the Legends against the well-organised London Pulse.

Although his team didn’t ultimately get the win, special mention was made of Demani from the London Pulse who is undoubtedly a player to watch for the future and a prospective league MVP candidate.

 

Full results:

CONEL Warriors 41
UC Ducks 44

Brent Ballers 33
Westminster 53

Croydon Cougars 44
Hackney Kings 32

London Pulse 33
Southwark 37

Youngbloods 10
Islington 55

UC Ducks 8
Warriors 51

Panthers 53
Haringey 76ers 42

Hackney Kings 42
Tower Hamlets 44

Haringey Hawks 49
Brent Blazers 22

Tower Hamlets 57
Newham 42

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MMTV: ‘About To Go In’ On Who Will Win A Ring This Season

Join the debate at MM HQ as Swarzy asks the guys – “Who will win the NBA Championship this season?”.

Agree? Disagree?  Join the debate below in the comments section…

CBL Week 4 Recap: Under 16s Roundup

Brent Ballers continued their strong start to the season in the CBL U16 Boys division with a commanding display of team work, hot shooting and relentless defense in their 59-8 win against the developing Barnet East Giants. Gintaras, Croydon Cougars and Haringey 76ers also all registered comfortable wins over Frenford, Enfield, and Dagenham, respectively.

In their first game of the season the Edmonton County Cavaliers turned heads with an impressive 41-36 victory over Access 2 Sport – not least because several people continued to question the age of game MVP Jelanee Donaldson who’s ‘James Harden-like‘ beard fast became the talking point of the day!  The league can indeed confirm, Jelanee turned 16 this season and is eligible to play in the U16 division:

Kennington Generals picked up a good win against the spirited Sutton All-Stars, behind confident play of young Darnelle Sharpe-Kelly who picked up game MVP honours in the 29-21 win:

In the most closely contested game of the day, Karol Zdyb led a well balanced London Pulse attack to victory over a strong UC Ducks squad, holding his nerve in the clutch to sink the crucial free-throws that ultimately got his team the win:

All results from CBL week 4:

U16 Boys Division:

Brent Ballers 59 – Barnet East Giants 8

Frenford Falcons 34 – Gintaras 57

Croydon Cougars 44 – Enfield Scorpions 26

Haringey 76ers 57 – Dagenham Dragons 18

Edmonton County Cavaliers 41 – Access 2 Sport 44

Kennington Generals 29 – SAS Basketball 21

Access 2 Sport 44 – Kennington Generals 27

UC Ducks 36 – London Pulse 42

Harrow Blackhawks 28 – Barnet East Giants 19

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BBL Court Report: Wildcats Tame Lions In Durham

A highly motivated Durham Wildcats squad put on a clinic enroute to handing the London Lions their 3rd loss of this early BBL season.  Durham were led by team captain Ralph Bucci, who logged an impressive 20 point/10 rebound personal tally enroute to being named game MVP.

 

CBL Week 3: U14s & U25s

West London’s JFS played centre stage to the latest and greatest community basketball action across London in week 3 of the CBL.

The U25 division got underway with the Haringey 76ers taking on the favoured Leyton Goats in the U25 game of the day.  The Goats jumped out to an early and seemingly decisive 13 point lead in the first quarter, up 16-3, with the 76ers appearing shell-shocked against their more experienced competition.  However, inspired play by Isshiah Wilson-Graham soon had the 76ers back in the hunt, bringing the lead down to just 4 points going into the final quarter.  It was there Wilson-Graham took over and made his mark by scoring on 3 consecutive plays in a row – pushing Haringey into the lead and ultimately leading his team to the unexpected win.

In the best game from the U14 division, Brent Ballers edged out a close win against a highly competitive COLA squad, 39-35, with Ballers ‘do it all’ guard Fabio Mills proving to be the difference as he earned game MVP honours:

All results from CBL week 3:

U14 Boys Division:

Hackney Kings 40 – CBA Lions 33

Brent Ballers 39 – COLA 35

Hackney Kings 35 – Eastside Eagles 21

Haringey Hawks 37 – Harrow 27

Westside 13 – Black Hawks 38

U25 Mens Division:

Leyton 40 – Haringey 43

Cambridge Heath 13 – Hackney Kings 56

CONEL Bears 42 – Hackney 53

Westminster Warriors 41 – Kennington Generals 36

Haringey 75 – UWSU Dragons 65 (OT)

Barnet East Giants 35 – TBA Haringey 51

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