BSA Basketball Academy showing signs of improvement

Our Basketball Academy has recorded an impressive 64-32 victory over Thomas Rotherham College.

Having suffered defeat to Leeds City College before half-term, the team were eager to bounce back and move up the league table.

The Academy started with intensity, implementing a fast-paced style which saw them end the first quarter with a 20-10 lead.

Captain Calin Lacobescu and DJ Njoh entered the game for the second quarter and their experience was immediately evident as they combined for the team’s first 12 of 18 second quarter points.

As BSA went into half-time leading 38-17, coach Aiden Appleyard warned his players against complacency whilst urging them to build a larger lead.

However, Thomas Rotherham College came out showing fight and the third quarter was their most successful of the game where they scored 32 points.

Nevertheless, the experience of Lacobescu proved fruitful as he took control of the team to ensure the lead was only reduced by one point at the end of the quarter.

With the lead still intact going into the final quarter, Appleyard set the team a target of building a 30-plus lead and maintaining it until the end of the game.

The team came out great defensively, preventing the opposition from scoring a single point in the 10 minute period.

Kieran Taylor capped off a great offensive team performance, becoming the last player on the scoresheet to ensure everybody contributed to the final score in an impressive victory.

Lacobescu said: “We worked hard to improve in training and it showed today. We are now moving the ball better and running our offensive sets to get open looks.”

Coach Aiden Appleyard added: “I’m really proud of the team today, they showed that they are improving week in, week out.”

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You don’t have to study sport to join our Basketball Academy. We are always looking to recruit new players. If you are interested please contact Luke Forgione by calling 01226 216 387 or emailing