This past March we had the End of Season Tournament. We had a new sponsor for the tournament, Sporch, and they provided the MVP prize for the tournament with a £250 NBA game ball as well as the prize for the team that won the tournament, a set of reversible kits. We also had Brandon Peel from the London Lions as the presenter of the awards. We were unable to get enough teams interested to host a women’s tournament to run parallel with the men’s. We hope to have a women’s tournament next year.
This iteration of the tournament we opened with 12 teams this year with 2 of them coming form outside of London. Defending champs Alec Reed Academy did not participate this year but last year’s runner-up John Ruskin was among the 12 teams and made a spirited run in the tournament. Pool 2 was the most contested as it featured the only undefeated team, North School, and John Ruskin who only dropped 1 game to North School in the their group stage. LBA playoff runner-ups City of Islington College also contested for a top two spot but lost games to Lambeth College and Hammersmith College. Pool 1 featured LBA playoff champ St. Francis Xavier, Harris Academy St. Johns Wood, and North Fleet Tech.
At the end of the Group Stage, Harris Academy St. Johns Wood and North Fleet Tech advanced to the semifinals from Pool 1 while the North School went undefeated in their group stage to claim the top spot in their pool with John Ruskin coming in second. The semifinals saw John Ruskin face off against Harris Academy St. Johns Wood and North School played rival school North Fleet Tech. Harris Academy St. Johns Wood had a fantastic come from behind victory in the dying seconds after getting the initial bucket and the following foul shot to complete the 3 point play and win by 1. North School and North Fleet went back and forth in their rivalry matchup but North School would end up the victors.
In the final it was Harris Academy St. Johns Wood and the North School. Harris Academy played valiantly but North School would come out as victors due to their stunning control and passing. North School maintained a perfect undefeated record on their way to 1st place. Third place was claimed by North Fleet Tech.
For the final awards, North School has claimed 1st place, Harris Academy St. Johns Wood claimed 2nd, and North Fleet Tech got 3rd place. The MVP was claimed by Kai Potts from the North School after having a stellar tournament filled with highlight reel plays, and Jerome Jack from Harris Academy St. Johns Wood claimed the Coaching Award.
To conclude it was a successful day and everyone is looking forward to next years event. We had our first ever scrimmage that ran alongside the final. We had large participation during this and we hope to bring it back with the tournament next year. We hope to open it up to more teams and have a female competition run parallel. Other than that LBA would like to say thank you to the coaches, players organization, we saw great team camaraderie, tones of potential and it was a pleasure to host this for you.
We also have the London Lions helping us out this year and they are giving us 150 tickets for the game against Leicester tonight. We have player Brandon Peel coming down to present the awards and to give a speech to the participants.