The on-going partnership with Huish Tigers has seen Basketball at Richard Huish College go from strength to strength with both Huish Women’s and Men’s Basketball teams winning medals at the AoC Sport National Cup Final.
The finals took place at the University of Wolverhampton on Wednesday 8th May and were the culmination of a long journey for both the teams.
First up, the Women’s Basketball team looked to go one better than their National Championships exploits as they took on Xaverian College from Manchester. They started extremely well and scored regularly throughout the game. The first two quarters saw Huish dominate the game, however several three pointers from Xaverian kept them always within one point. Then in the second half they really started to pull away as they began to open up considerable distances between the two teams. Both Megan Palmer and Alex Vickery scored freely with 20 and 26 points respectively to nudge the game Huish’s way.
The final couple of minutes saw the Huish team able to be rotated as several players played their last game for the College. The final team made up of Megan Palmer, Alex Vickery, Ella Pinney, Olivia Pearson and Amelia Hucker have been playing together for the past eight years and it was fitting to see them come together. The final score ended Huish 65-38 Xaverian showing the dominance of the Huish team as they secured the gold medal.
Next up saw the Men face Myerscough in their final looking to avenge the heartbreak from National Championships just 10 days earlier. They booked their place in the finals following victories against Truro and Penwith, South Gloucestershire, Sir George Monoux, The College of Richard Collyer and Epping Forest.
The game started with Huish looking nervous both in and out of possession and several mistakes ensued, the game looked like it was going to be a whitewash as Huish trailed by 17 points at the end of the first quarter. The second and third quarters really saw Huish wake up though as the key players began to find their feet. Lewis Cuthbert scored several threes and Casey Williams grew into the game as Huish began to edge closer to Myerscough. Huish played so well in those middle quarters that they entered the final quarter 6 up.
The pressure began to show as the two best players from Myerscough were fouled out following five fouls each, however this only spurred the Preston based team on as they began to pull closer to Huish and eventually pull clear. This led into the final 5 seconds and an inbound ball from Huish left Mikolaj Makowski free from way outside of the key and his 3 point shot was good to tie the game. The drama didn’t finish there though as the next inbound ball saw Huish find foul trouble and unfortunately two free throws from Myerscough saw them win it with 1 second on the clock. The Huish team eventually coming away with a silver medal.
Sport Development Manager, Connor Sidley-Adams said “The Basketball at the College this year has gone from strength to strength which culminated in both teams reaching National Championships and National finals. It wasn’t to be for the boys but the performance showed real grit and desire to get across the line and they will come back stronger next year. The girls have shown outstanding commitment and we as a College are overwhelmed that their hard work since the age of 12 has got them to this stage.”