Whitgift School Basketball celebrates a successful U15's win in recent game.
Whitgift’s Head of Basketball, Mr Clemens Krammer looks back at their most successful year to date, following the U15s’ latest win on Friday 17 March; “Commitment from both players and coaches, paired with hard work and talent, gave us the opportunity to compete on a high level.”
The U14s showed great promise for the future and ended up 3rd in the league, where Myles Alcindor broke the scoring record by putting up 44 points in the last match. One of the highlights was certainly the victory in the U16s’ semi-final against Royal Russell School, with a nail-biting 1 point win in the last second. The team followed this with a very impressive comeback in the final against favourite, Alleyn’s School, leading Whitgift to be crowned as league champions. Whitgift’s U18s were also very impressive this season. After defeating last year’s cup winner, Alleyn’s School, in the cup quarter final and league semi-final, the team finished second in the league, losing only to City of London School for Boys.
The rivalry against City of London School continued with the U15s. Despite being defeated in the league final, Whitgift were fortunate to get revenge a week later in the cup final, in front of a fantastic home crowd. After lacking focus in the first quarter, Whitgift boys controlled the rest of the game and secured the gold medal in a thrilling and close match. Whitgift ended up winning 57:48 thanks to great team defence and Josh Uduje who scored 31 points. Mr Krammer recognises, “Two silver and two gold medals in one season prove that hard work pays off”. U15s’ captain and top scorer, Josh, who is also a vital part of both the U16s and U18s squads, believes that the future looks bright for Whitgift basketball; “It was great to win our first gold medal, especially after losing in the final for two consecutive years. I believe that was a wake-up call and therefore the whole team stepped up and played really well to win the cup.”