On Monday night Marshland High School year 9 basketball team won their third leg of the National Schools match against King Edward VII Academy, Lynn.
They now go onto the next round of the national schools to face the Norwich champions, who probably will be Notre Dame, a team Marshland beat last season at the county finals.
After the first two matches there was one win each, so a second win was a must if either of the local rivals were to go through and take on the Norwich champions.
The game started well for Marshland, who quickly opened up an eight-point lead after the first quarter. The second quarter was an even affair with the half-time score 32-24 to Marshland. At the start of the third quarter Marshland dominated to score eight unanswered points, and in the final quarter it was fairly even again with both teams scoring 12 points, meaning the final score was 60-44.
The school stated: “This was a fantastic achievement for the lads after losing the first game; the character, hard work (even training during school holidays) and determination they have shown to win the next two legs has been outstanding. If the boys continue to work hard and perform to their ability we could make the national rounds and face someone from further afield.”
Players of the match went to Donatas Verikas, Jack Lane and Lewis Theobald. Donatas, playing a year above his age group, was outstanding, scoring 22 points, and defended superbly, working with Lane to double team KES’s best player who ended up with well over 100 points in the three games. ‘Captain fantastic’ Lane scored 10 points and Theobald scored 18.
Every member of the squad was nominated for player of the match, in a fantastic team effort in getting to the next round of a national competition. The other squad members were Fred Collison, Tom Gourley, Lewis Jackson, Marcus Holt, Harry Cleverly, Laurie Wilkinson and Kieran Warden. Jordan Vick played in the previous legs.