PUBLISHED: 12:37 24 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:17 11 May 2010
GRENEWAY School s Year seven basketball team have won the North Herts Schools Under-12 Championship final. It is the fifteenth time in 18 years that Greneway have won the trophy, and have competed in every final since 1993. Greneway, who were unbeaten al
GRENEWAY School's Year seven basketball team have won the North Herts' Schools Under-12 Championship final.
It is the fifteenth time in 18 years that Greneway have won the trophy, and have competed in every final since 1993.
Greneway, who were unbeaten all season before the game, took on another unbeaten side in Hitchin Boys School.
Greneway started brightly and scored almost straight from the tip-off before adding two more baskets as their defence made it difficult for HBS at the other end.
Gradually HBS got a foot-hold in the match as they closed the gap to 6 - 4.
However, Greneway had other ideas and increased their defensive intensity and moved smoothly to 14 - 4 lead.
HBS then scored two good outside baskets (14 - 8) before Greneway bounced back with the next three baskets to deservedly lead 20 - 8 and dampen the spirits of their opponents.
Greneway continued to dominate the game which resulted in a run of eleven unanswered baskets taking Greneway into an unassailable 40 - 12 lead.
The excellent Greneway defence was used as a springboard for a fast, passing offence that created and converted some very skilful baskets.
The same pattern continued after the interval as Greneway moved the ball well and worked tirelessly for each other on defence.
HBS kept working hard and created some good scoring chances of their own.
The team spirit of the Greneway players could not be matched by their opponents as they extended their lead going into the final quarter with the Championship fully within their grasp.
The players continued to apply pressure on the beleagured HBS players and finished with another team passing basket. The final buzzer was greeted with elation by Greneway.
PE Teacher Terry Graves was absolutely delighted with yet another success for one of Greneway's basketball teams.
He said: "Defending wins Championships and this team have worked so hard to improve in this area, and the evidence was there for all to see.
"A superb team performance where every player did their job brilliantly which has led to this great achievement.