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Woking Blackhawks Under 14 Boys

Woking Blackhawks U14 Boys will be playing in the South England National League and Surrey CVL and the Bracknell CVL this coming season.  

 

 

Woking Blackhawks sweep the London Hoop Dreams U14 Nationals Preseason Regional Tournament topping Kingston to win the Championship

Cobham — The 2018 U14 Blackhawks added some new faces this year and took an early pre season test  in the London Hoop Dreams invitational applying a tactical dominance over their three game sweep.  Multiple players scored but in the end it was team defense that sealed the championship.  With two of the three games tied at the half, Woking locked their opponents up and separated down the stretch cruising to a clean sweep of the 2018 Tournament.  

 

Henry Winton was dominant in each game working the glass, grabbing boards on both ends and driving the lane as he took the coveted Tournament MVP; an honor bestowed by the opposition’s coaching staff and the referees.  Noah Ayivi-Knott controlled the point dishing dimes and slashing to the hole as he picked up from where he left off last season displaying his patented flair for creating his own offense and generating points.  When the team needed boards, Winton, Ayivi-Knott and Gabriel Guimares went beast-mode, physically imposing themselves in the paint and on the boards limiting the opposition on defense and contributing big buckets on the offensive glass.  After being side lined with an ankle in the first half of the final Guimares drew deep and returned with key contributions to help seal the victory.  Sean Trinder found his range from outside hitting key three pointers to answer and distance margins on the scoreboard and Max Gough made opponents pay for open looks.  Liam Marsh won his match ups adding key points in the paint and Julian Fernandez and Jai Toor came up with big contributions off the bench with transition stops and rebounds. 

 

As a team Woking matched up well and kept one or two steps ahead of the rest of the field with second half defensive stands when they needed them. Offensively Woking outworked the boards including several possessions where multiple offensive rebounds kept scoring alive.  The U14 Blackhawks found a multitude of ways to outflank and outfinesse their opponents.

 

In their first game against Brighton, pre season rust, a slow start and some missed opportunities left the two teams tied at the half. The Cougars proved they were not going to give away anything fighting back from small deficits knocking down open looks.  In the second 12 minutes Woking found its groove getting key stops from Winton and Ayivi-Knott, and steals in transition enabling the team to generate a 39-31 victory. 

 

Game two Woking faced the Abington Eagles who brought size and a comfortable 40-8 game one win against Surrey’s Rams into the matchup. Despite the Eagle’s game one margin the Blackhawks were confident that if they could control the boards and limit second chances they could prevail in this match up.  Woking got off to a fast start and applied pressure early to establish a halftime lead.  As the game developed the hard work on the boards brought second chance buckets and enabled our Blackhawks to build comfortably on the margin.  When the final buzzer sounded Woking prevailed with a 33-21 victory. 

 

Having successfully closed their two pool matches to ensure a seat in the finals Woking (2-0) had to wait for the results of the final pool match between Kingston (1-0) and Surrey (0-1).  Kingston came into that matchup off a tight 3 point victory over Brighton’s Cougars.  Kingston proved to be the better of the two teams building an early lead in this game and holding it throughout.  The win placed the two undefeated teams in a winner take all championship game. 

 

The final game of the afternoon brought a solid matchup of size and skill together.  Woking got off early with key buckets by Noah A-K and Henry Winton building a quick lead.  Kingston was able to answer shifting the momentum as Gabrielle Guimares left midway through the first half with a tweaked ankle.  Kingston responded with small runs of their own as the half came to a close and drew the two teams level at 11-11. 

 

In the second half Guimares willed a return to the floor and Woking regained control with turnovers in transition and strong, physical play in the paint.  Key steals by Ayivi-Knott, Guimares, Winton and Trinder lead to several fast break scores as Woking stretched the lead.  Down the stretch Woking’s offense opened up and the defense tightened, securing a 20-6 second half run and sealing the championship victory 31-17.  

 

The tournament’s MVP, Henry Winton, lead the team with 9 points and 4 steals. Gabrielle followed with 8 points and several rebounds. Ayivi-Knott gave the Blackhawks 6 points, 4 steals and several boards and dimes. Trinder added 4 points and 4 steals. Max Gough scored 4 and grabbed several boards. All in all this was a great pre season start for the Blackhawk U14’s.