The Herons first team took on a very strong and experienced Calbris side that included two extremely talented players. The whole team showed their true potential with Ben Coxford and Cameron Lawson marking the opposition’s two key men tightly, as well scoring plenty of points of their own.
Josh Gourley showed a lot of class offensively and, all three were nominated for player of the match alongside hard working outside shooter Tyler Alabaster.
The whole team showed a lot of character and desire to ensure the first match in the brand new kit sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements resulted in a win. All of the basketballers should be very proud of their achievements in their first ever fixtures outside England. Player of the match went to Cameron Lawson who was outstanding particularly after the first quarter, his effort and dedication to the team was admirable, his defensive work superb as well as scoring 22 points.
Final Score – Marshland Herons 60 - Calbris 53
From the start of the match the Herons dominated with superior skill, pace and power which led them to take a early 16-5 lead by the end of the first quarter. As the match progressed the boys started to play with increased confidence and scored some fantastic team baskets as well as plenty of moments of individual brilliance.
Freddie Collison, who at 13 is an extremely strong player, was excellent with his rebounding and positioning scoring 22 points for the team. Will Narramore and Harvey Buttriss on their debuts made outstanding contributions and received nominations for player of the match, as did point guards Lewis Jackson and Jack Lane who dribbled with pace and skill to command the game.
The player of the match went to 13 year old Lewis Thoebald who’s all round play was outstanding.
The final score was 56-27 which meant Marshland first ever overseas basketball fixture ended with a win.
Dom Stannard, of Marshland High School, said: “The students were incredible all week, their behaviour, effort, determination and performance were all outstanding. They were a real credit to the school, themselves and their parents. All the staff were extremely proud of every student on the trip.”