Double basketball delight for Marshland High School in West Walton

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The Marshland High School under 14 basketball team have become double champions.

The West Walton-based school won the district tournament at King’s Lynn Academy (KLA), so are now district and county champions.

What a season it has been for the lads, who played with confidence and comfortably won every game they played.

It was even more impressive as one of their best players, Jack Lane, was injured, so others in the squad stepped up to cover that loss.

In the group stage they beat Smithdon (Hunstanton) 18-0, Springwood 15-2 and King Edward VII Academy (KES) 17-9. They then faced Litcham in the semi-final and won 10-0.

Marshland High then went onto face KES again in the final and beat them 11-3.

Players of the match were Lewis Jackson, Tom Gourley and Fred Collison. Top scorer was Donatas Verikas with 27 points, including two three-pointers. Stand in captain Lewis Theobald scored 18 points and Tom Gourley 10.

Other players were Harry Cleverly, Kieran Warden, Laurie Wilkinson, Marcus Holt, and normal captain Lane as coach and cheerleader.

What was extra special was that Jackson’s grandmother came out of hospital to come and watch, and she loved the game.

Verikas now has 210 points for the school this year, which includes 134 for the Year 9 champions even though he is only a Year 8. Theobald has scored 83 points for the champions.

The school commented: “They never looked like losing and it was a pleasure to watch. The team looked like champions on offence and defence and their hard work paid off.”

More success for Marshland is on page 46.