Heroes of the hoops
A BASKETBALL team is jumping for joy after being crowned national champions.
Bristol Metropolitan Academy under 14s emerged victorious at the competition at the National Performance Centre in Manchester.
The talented team had a spring in their step when beat fierce competition in the final against Shoeburyness School from Bury.
They amassed a massive total, beating their opposition emphatically by over 40 points, with a final score of 94-50. Their triumph follows on from their success at the European championships, which they won last year.
Bristol Met had two teams at the national finals, the first time in the school's 40-year history. Bristol Met under 16 boys reached their final but lost out to St George’s Academy by ten points.
Bristol Met under 14 Louie Tucker won the most valuable player of the tournament award, voted for by all coaches.
Around 150 schools started out in each category of this tournament and both teams would have beaten twelve teams to get as far as they did.
Bristol Met teams are so successful that they feed players into both Bristol Flyers and Bristol Storm basketball teams. They also have five players on international duty with England, Tunisia and Norway. Casey Cox is in the ladies England basketball programme.
Tom Hooper, head of PE and head coach of Bristol Met basketball team, said: "This this is a massive achievement for the Academy and a culmination of five years of extremely hard work and effort by staff and students. No doubt, the fact that the players have to adhere to a strict code of behaviour and attendance in their everyday school life and lessons for inclusion in the team has played its part in their success. I'd like to thank everyone who has worked with the teams.”