The Lynn College of West Anglia’s (CWA) Academy side produced an absolutely amazing performance to deliver the College’s first-ever East regional tournament victory in basketball.
The achievement is even more impressive given the side boasts five freshmen, with two of those starting. In the group stage the side dispatched Easton College, Ipswich New College and Colchester sixth form, to move through as group winners. This allowed for a favorable quarter-final draw against Colchester College who were runners-up in pool two.
After dispatching Colchester, local rivals Peterborough Regional College, who had beaten CWA in league action only two weeks ago, were next. CWA showed their rapid improvement as they battled to a narrow five-point win to reach the final versus Long Road, Cambridge, who knocked out defending East champions Milton Keynes.
CWA trailed but a three-pointer from Luke Huggins balanced the scoring and CWA then moved into a narrow lead. The game came down to free throws and execution over the last minute of play with Tony Murray sinking the clutch shots.
Coach James Bamfield said: “I’m so happy for this group of players.
“Last year was very difficult as we knew we would have to rebuild while we waited for the talent at u16 level to come through. There was even a discussion to withdraw the CWA program!
“When we started the year I saw we had a lot of talent with Luke Huggins and Vytau Girdzius playing senior NBL, plus Saul and Fin Holland being U16 county champions, and believed we could have a good year but to have it come together in this fashion was unexpected.
“The return of Tony Murray was perhaps the final piece that put us over the top.
“To think of all the talent we’ve had and this group should be extremely proud to be our first-ever regional tournament winners.
“We now need to use this as further motivation to put in the required work over this season and will go to Newcastle in April with ambition for more success.”