The Sainsbury’s Schools Games was back and better than ever this year, with six teams battling it out for the 2015 title. After a weekend of great action England Central took home the crown after topping England North in the final. England South took home Bronze after defeating Wales in the third place playoff.
Check out a full recap of the result below – with game reports written by BWB.
Game 1: England Central 74-25 Scotland
England Central – Jon Dunn (19) Jake Robinson (17) Liam Hassell (12)
Scotland – David Beattie (9) James Beattie (7) Josh Manson (4)
Game 2: England North 80-13 Northern Ireland
England North – Aaron Hirst (26) Lee Fryer (22) Liam Fawcett (10)
Northern Ireland – Conn Nagle (5) Jack Agnew (4) Kenny Murphy & Luke Marshall (2)
Game 3: England Central V Wales
England central – Jake Robinson (17) Jon Dunn (14) Cameron Swann (9)
Wales – Jack Barlow (9) Frankie Jones (6) Rosie Williams (4)
Game 4: England North 69-25 England South
England North – Lee Fryer (16) Liam Fawcett (12) Fin Tonner (9)
England South – Megan Wood (9) Jim Palmer (8) Lanre Sowami & Lewis Edwards (6)
Game 5: Wales 37-32 Scotland
Wales – Joe Fermor-Worrell (10) Jack Barlow (9) Harri Jenkins (6)
Scotland – David Beattie (11) Josh Manson (10) James Beattie (8)
Game 6: Northern Ireland 21-44 England South
England South – Megan Wood (16) Lewis Edwards (10) Jim Palmer (8)
Northern Ireland – Conn Nagle & Kenny Murphy (6) Jack Agnew & Luke Marshall (4)
Semi-Final: England Central 69-32 England South
As we moved into the semi-final stage both teams came out ready to play but it was Central who struck first through Jon Dunn and Liam Hassell. However the South struck back quickly through Jim Palmer. Central made it 10-2 before a timeout. Central were pegged back through 3 pointers from Jim Palmer with the quarter finishing 20-8 to Central
The second quarter and it was Central first to score. Jon Dunn struck quickly after a timeout but Lanre Sowami responded with his first points of the game. South defended well and made opportunities for themselves but Central did enough to keep ahead, closing out the half 30-21 up.
In the 3rd quarter a free throw from Megan Wood brought more points to the South but Central continued to slowly get baskets and build a lead with Jon Dunn adding to his tally. Another 3 pointer from Jim Palmer made sure Central would not have it all their own way, but they finished the quarter 53-29 ahead.
As the final quarter got underway South came out attacking but shots were not dropping for them. Jake Robinson took advantage for Central as they stared to move ahead; Liam Hassell causeing the South problems either side of baskets. It was, therefore, Central who booked a place in the final winning 69-32.
England Central – Jon Dunn (24) Liam Hassell (18) Jake Robinson (17)
England South – Jim Palmer (21) Lanre Sowami (4) Megan Wood (3)
Semi Final: England North 72-32 Wales
With a place in the final at stake both teams came out strong with Aaron Hirst first to score for the North followed by Lee Fryer. Wales responded through Jack Barlow. Wales went on the attack but the North were fast on the break and built up a 10-2 lead. Fin Tonner got his first points of the game and the North finished the quarter with a 20-6 lead
In the 2nd quarter the North applied the pressure through Fin Tonner with Lucas Warbuton helping getting on the score board. Harri Jenkins responded for Wales before Joe Mercer added another from a free throw. The North pressed on and went into the half with a 34-15 lead
The 3rd quarter was a closely contested affair with the North scoring through Liam Fawcett and the Welsh through Joe Fermor-Worrell. Both teams looked for the openings with Sam Mack’s basket cancelled out quickly by the North, who ended the quarter 48-26 ahead.
Into the final quarter and the North began to press ahead. Liam Fawcett and Lee Fryer added to their tally as Sam Mack added baskets for Wales. After a timeout it was the North who came out stronger with the first points for Will Bonner. The North eventually secured their place in the final with a 72-32 victory.
England North – Liam Fawcett (16) Aaron Hirst and Lee Fryer (14)
Wales – Jack Barlow (8) Sam Mack and Harri Jenkins (6)
Bronze Game: England South 39-37 Wales
Wales got off to a good start with Joe Fermor-Worrell and Sam Mack earning early scores for Wales. Lanre Sowami hit back for the South and Lewis Edwards levelled the game. With counter attack and turnovers from both teams there was little to separate them and Wales headed into the break 12-11 up.
In the 2nd quarter it was the South who opened the scoring with Lewis Edwards and Tom Tobin adding baskets. Some fantastic play by both teams excited the crowd as South moved into a 17-13 lead. Jim Palmer mover South further ahead before Jack Barlow pinned the South back. Late scores from Lanre Sowami and Jim Palmer saw the South go into half time 25-19 to the good.
The 3rd quarter saw Wales come out firing on all cylinders with scores from Joe Fermor-Worrell setting up a great quarter. The South defended hard through Sam Lemon, but could not find the opportunities to score. Wales therefore played themselves back into a 26-26 lead.
Into the final quarter and the game exploded into life. Jack Barlow opened the scoring, moving Wales ahead as they built a 5 point lead. Jim Palmer hit 3 points to bring the South back into game and then the South levelled the score. The remainder of the quarter was end to end action. With an excited crowd building the atmosphere the teams traded the lead and everyone was on the edge of their seats. The South moved two points clear and despite a Wales attack in the last seconds it was the South who clinched the win 39-37
England South – Lewis Edwards (13) Lanre Sowami and Jim Palmer (8)
Wales – Sam Mack (15) Joe Fermor-Worrell (8) Jack Barlow & Frankie Jones (7)
Final England Central 60-48 England North
It was the North who opened the scoring in a fast paced opening quarter but Jon Dunn quickly brought Central Level. Scores from Siobhan Fitzpatrick for Central and Liam Fawcett for the North ensured the game kept level but as the quarter moved on it was Central who took advantage and moved into 16-7 lead.
Quarter 2 followed a similar path with both teams trading baskets, Jon Dunn and Lee Fryer scoring for either side. As the teams went into a timeout it was all to play for, but after the break it was Central who made the shots count as they worked their way into a 32-15 lead.
The 3rd quarter saw a resurgent North play their way back into contention. Scores from Lee Fryer and Will Bonner bringing North within 10 points of Central. Jon Dunn added to his tally as Aaron Hirst and the North kept hunting for baskets and the quarter finished 40-30 to Central
The final quarter was a flurry of baskets for both teams. Siobhan Fitzpatrick added to her tally alongside Liam Hassell for Central while Dagan Roberts and Lee Fryer added for the North. The crowd were right behind the teams and every person in the arena was gripped as the North looked for a way back in. In the end Central’s early dominance made the difference and they retained their crown with a 60-48 victory.
England Central – Jon Dunn (23) Siobhan Fitzpatrick & Liam Hassell (14)
England North – Lee Fryer (16) Dagan Roberts (10) Liam Fawcett & Will Bonner (5)