Solent Kestrels defeat national champions to book place in National Basketball League Final Fours

Solent Kestrels U18s

Solent Kestrels U18s

First published in General Sport

Solent Kestrels U18s are heading to the National Basketball League Final Fours in Sheffield on May 4 after a brilliant win over Birmingham As at Barton Peveril College on Saturday.

A magnificent defensive performance from the entire Kestrels team against this year’s Sureshot National Cup winners saw the hosts head in to the locker room at half time with a 40-22 lead.

Elliot James and Benjy Kirkman led the Kestrels with 19 points, six rebounds, two steals and 12 points, four rebounds, two steals respectively. George Ivens was a monster on the boards, pulling down 12 rebounds and adding nine points and Dan Hemingway put in a great performance from the bench with nine points and nine rebounds. Floor general and point guard Harry Cox was impressive and tireless throughout – he played the whole 40 minutes of the game – and there was no way back for Birmingham who fought hard in the second half to close the gap but could never get within 10 and the game ended with a 58-44 win for Solent.

l The Solent Kestrels are holding their annual trials, which are open to all, on June 8 at Quilley School. See for full details.

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