Check out last year’s highlights for an idea of what’s to come in 2020!
End of Season Tournament was again a success this year with 16 teams battling it out at the Copper Box Arena. Plenty of prizes were up for grabs with gold medals, Nike hats and T-shirts and also tickets to watch the London Lions vs Cal Poly Mustang available for the winners. We also knowledge the LBA Coach of the Season, Player of the tournament, and Spirit award at the event. LBA was lucky enough to have Andre Lockhart of the London Lions in attendance to give these awards out to the winners.
The event grew again this year with teams from Nottingham and Luton joining and late entries from the London Lions academy team really meant this year was one to be involved in. Online digital scoring allowed players and fans to be able to check out their stats and scores in real-time and a takeover on Instagram gave you some behind the scenes footage of the day.
Defending champions North School were unable to attend this year but will hopefully be back in 2020 but 2018-19 LBA Playoff champions Haringey 6th Form were in attendance and we’re looking to try and claim an LBA double to add to their ABL title which they won earlier in the year.
The day started with a round-robin format where the 16 teams were split into 4 groups with the winners from each group claiming their place into the Semifinals. There were some extremely close contested games, more noticeably the 31 – 28 game between Oakland College and New City College – Hackney which was actually settled in Overtime.
The four teams to win their groups were Oakland School, Norwood School, New City College – Epping Forest, and Haringey. The matchups were Oakland School vs. Norwood School and Haringey vs New City College. Both were intense games, well fought and well played. Haringey started out their game strong, creating a 6 point gap which they expanded throughout the game. Oakland vs. Norwood was shockingly close; it was either tied or within two points up until the final minutes. With every layup and jump shot Oakland scored, Norwood retaliated with their own. Neither team was afraid to get physical, however Norwood’s reliance on physicality ultimately jeopardized their play. Their aggression put them in foul trouble, giving Oakland precious free-throws which pushed the score in their favour. The final score ending 18-13.
The final games of the tournament were Norwood School vs New City College for third place and Haringey vs Oakland School for first place. The games were exciting to watch, with all the teams playing with genuine resolve. Both Norwood School and New City College played very well for their final game. All players fought extremely hard but it was Norwood School that started and ended the game strong. While Oakland put up an impressive fight and challenged Haringey’s defense, they could not snatch the win. The final score of the game was 25-16, with Haringey becoming the champions of the 2019 College Tournament. If you would like to read more about the tournament in detail, please read this article.
Top left picture: Tournament MVP Ndewedo Newbury, Top right picture: Coach of the Year Lucio,
Bottom left picture: Winners Haringey 6th Form College, Bottom right picture: Second place team Oakland Wolves
All 3 placed teams Norwood college, Oakland College, Haringey 6th Form College