Success for Greenhouse Sports teams at Jr. NBA Basketball League Finals
Greenhouse Sports had five teams competing in the Junior NBA Basketball England League finals, which were held at Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton on 22 March. The tournament, for boys and girls aged 11-12, featured the first ever girls-only Junior NBA basketball league finals in which Greenhouse Sports’ school Harris Academy took first place and Platanos and Raine’s Foundation School came second and third respectively. In the Co-Ed competition, Harris Academy took second place while Platanos came third – outstanding achievements for these five Greenhouse Sports teams! Special congratulations to Chenelle Johnson-Powell from Harris Academy who won MVP.
Awards were announced by WNBA legend Allison Feaster who said: “The important thing about an initiative like the Junior NBA League is to plant the first seed of passion for the game and the skills will follow. It was great seeing the kids’ determination and excitement in the finals today and a big congratulation to the winners.”
This was a fantastic event for all of our participants. Thanks to coaches Michael, Laurent and James. Read full information on the event below.
NBA BASKETBALL ENGLAND LEAGUE IN LONDON COMES TO AN END IN BRIXTON AS ST BONAVENTURE’S AND HARRIS ACADEMY-SOUTH NORWOOD ARE CROWNED THIS YEAR’S CHAMPIONS
(23 March, 2016) – The second edition of the Jr. NBA Basketball England League ended yesterday at the Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton with St. Bonaventure’s and Harris Academy-South Norwood, part of Greenhouse Sports, emerging victorious in the co-ed and girls-only leagues. The two winning teams, representing the NBA franchises, the Sacramento Kings and the Chicago Bulls, prevailed and were crowned Champions by WNBA legend Allison Feaster.
The tournament, a secondary school basketball programme for boys and girls aged 11-12, was organised by the NBA in association with Basketball England and tipped off last November. It saw the participation of 30 London-based secondary schools, which battled it out on an eight-game season followed by single-elimination playoffs and yesterday’s league championship. Each school represented one of the 30 NBA teams and received corresponding NBA team branded T-shirts for their games.
Spalding Shooting Contest winners Tishanie Simpson and Chanel Babb spoke after their victory. Chanel said: “This contest has showed what we can do and how we can work together.”
Harris Academy managed to win the girls-only league, but lost in the final to St. Bonaventure’s in the co-ed league. Their coach, Michael Wright, was very proud of both teams after their performances: “It’s been hard work, but they got to their goal in the end. The girls practiced hard for this and now it’s good to see the reward of it.”
On the impact that the competitions can have on girls playing basketball, coach Wright said: “This is excellent! We have so many girls playing basketball. The Jr NBA is really promoting this sport among girls.”
Feaster commented on the impact of the programme, saying “The important thing about an initiative like the Jr. NBA League is to plant that first seed of passion for the game and the skills will follow. It was great seeing the kids’ determination and excitement in the finals today and a big congratulations to the winners.”