Southwark Pride in Cherbourg 2017
The Southwark Pride u18s Men’s team arrived in Cherbourg on Friday 14th April to take part in the prestigious annual 8 team tournament which is now in its 15th year.
Friday 14th April 2017
Southwark Pride…53 vs. Portugal u18s…46
After the opening ceremony, the Pride boys played in the last game of the evening at Stade de Champs against the u18s Men’s Portugese National team.
The game started out as a tight contest before James Mitchell scored 9 points in the 2nd quarter as well as a number of key plays that gave the Pride boys breathing space. Southwark controlled the 2nd half and ran out eventual winners 53 – 46.
Thai Segwai led the team with 15 points.
Saturday 15th April 2017
Southwark Pride…74 vs. La Reunion…24
The early morning tip off saw an energised Southwark Pride win by 50 against Parisian team La Reunion. The biggest highlight of the game was an impressive dunk from Sam Keita. The Pride were dominant on both sides of the ball especially in the paint scoring 54 points.
Kaleb Woldeyes led the team with 13 points.
Southwark Pride…63 vs. Paris Levallois…51
Paris Levallois were a tough and athletic team that led the Pride boys at the half by 4 points. The start of the 2nd half saw the game go from a 4 point deficit to a 6 point lead with the Pride never looking back. Southwark extended the lead and ran out 12 point winners, 63 – 51.
Gedi Juozapaitis led the team with 19 points.
Sunday 16th April 2017
Southwark Pride…59 vs. Manchester Magic…47
The Cherbourg tournament semi final saw Southwark Pride take on defending champs Manchester Magic in the first game of the day. Southwark looked very tired at the start of the game and it showed, losing the first quarter by 5 points. The lead was reduced after Southwark won the 2nd quarter by 4 and were down 1 at the half. After a regroup the Pride boys locked in on the defensive end forcing the Magic to take a number of rushed shots. After being down 1 Southwark turned it round and won by 12, 59 – 47, setting up a rematch of the first game against Portugal.
Thai Segwai (15) and Jonothan Komagum (14) were top scorers for Southwark.
Southwark Pride…60 vs. Portugal u18s…55
The final of the Cherbourg Basketball tournament 2017 was a classic encounter with Southwark Pride winning in overtime by 5 points, 60 – 55. Both teams shared leads during the game with Southwark holding the lead for most of the 4th quarter before sloppy play and a costly turnover allowed Portugal to tie the game 47 – 47 at the end of the 4th. The stellar play of Thai Segwai and Mayowa Mohammed along with the consistent energy from James Mitchell carried the boys in overtime. The last points for the Pride came from the stripe and pushed the Pride on to win the Cherbourg Tournament in front of a packed house.
James Mitchell led the team with 15 points.
Tournament MVP – Gedi Juozapaitis
All Tournament First Team – Gedi Juozapaitis
Fair Play Award – Southwark Pride
What a weekend we just had. Our Senior Women’s team – all u19 years old – just won the Division 1 Women’s Championship against the Solent Kestrels in Manchester.
A 15-5 4th quarter run from the Pride was enough to seal the final clash of the season between Southwark and Solent. Evenly poised at 45-45 early in the final period, the Kestrels went cold at the worst time possible and fell to a 67-53 defeat.
Eager to erase the memory of a National Cup Final loss to the same opponent, Coach Lee’s side came out strong and gave their supporters real hope that their D1W winning form could be translated in to post season success. But going 5/22 from the floor in the final frame was too much to overcome for the South Coast side and the contest was decided from there.
Southwark’s Alimat Onuyemi-Daniel was a worthy recipient of the MVP award as she scored 26 points, including 16 in the final quarter, to ensure the title of Playoff Champions belonged to the London club.
After losing out to Solent by the narrowest of margins during the regular season, Southwark weren’t going to let a shot at revenge pass without taking advantage. It didn’t look that way in the early stages though as the Kestrels were able to take advantage of 9 Pride turnovers to establish a 22-14 lead.
Feeling they needed to change the flow of the game, the London side leant on the talents of Emerald Ekpiteta, absent for Solent’s league win over Southwark this year, who scored 9 points in the quarter to help reduce the deficit. With both coaches using their benches extensively, plenty of players had the opportunity to put their mark on the game. No one did it more than Ekpiteta in that 2nd period though and the teams went into the break at 35-32 Solent.
The longer the game wore on, the more Solent began to struggle. So confident when they were ahead, as soon as Southward grabbed the lead midway through the 3rd the game began to change. Jodi Jerram and Ekemini Essien both found life hard for the Kestrels as neither managed to score in the frame and shots that were dropping earlier in the contest were now struggling to find their mark. With a minute to go, Southwark were up by 6 but had to settle for a 4-point lead after the D1W champs closed the 3rd with the final basket.
With just over a minute gone in the final quarter, Solent did manage to fight back and tie the score up but after that it was a slow and painful end to the game. Everything the Kestrels attempted just wouldn’t come off as Southwark once again began to pull away. Becoming more desperate as time began to tick by, that urgency simply led to more misses and poorer looks. Going 1/12 from behind the arc in the final quarter did nothing to help the Solent cause on an afternoon when they matched Southwark for the most part before letting things slip away.
The victory was a fitting way to end the season for the Pride as the London based side are expected to have a significantly different roster in place for the start of next season. Based at an academic institution, it’s probable that north of 5 players will be leaving this programme during the summer and it will be interesting to see if Coach Gibbons can find suitable replacements from a new intake. That might help rivals Solent in the long run but today it was no solace at all.
We had 4 girls who played their last games for the Pride as they will be going off to America and British Universities this coming Summer.
This weekend is the big one for the Boys and Girls u18s as they will be defending their u18s National League titles from last year.