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National triumph for Lewisham basketball side
9:50am Friday 11th May 2012 in Other Sport
LEWISHAM Thunder Basketball Club won the highly competitive south premier league in their first season at this level to book a spot in the national play-offs.
They won each of their play-off games against Solent Kestrels and Birmingham Mets to secure a place in the England Basketball national final fours competition at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
In the semi-final Greenhouse Pioneers provided a few scares but Lewisham Thunder eventually came out on top 61-56 to set up a final meeting with London rivals Westminster Warriors, a team they had already beat twice this season.
Thunder trailed by one point at the halfway point but slowly built up a lead, starting the final quarter 52-44 up.
And Lewisham retained their advantage until the final whistle, eventually emerging as 64-55 victors and Rowell Graham, Lewisham’s young sportsman of the year, named as the game’s most valuable player.
Lewisham Thunder are coached by former NBA player and current U18 men’s England coach Steve Bucknall.
He said: “It was a sensational result for a club which is only five years old.
“This is only the clubs second season at U18 national league level and the first in the premier division.
“It is a huge achievement for a team to win the championship from this starting point and has rarely if ever been done before.”
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