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Basketball Fever

Basketball fever heats up as U19 team sees off Derby rivals in a must win grudge match

There was sporting drama aplenty this term as the U19 boys basketball team slam dunked its way into the final stages of the national schools competition.

In a thrilling game of end to end action, the U19 team triumphed over East Midland rivals Anthony Gell School from Derby , with the final scoreboard reading 61-47.

The victory means the team has now made its way through the qualifiers and into the knockout stages.

 And the squad is hoping to better last year's impressive quarter final place and bring home the national title this year.

Under 19s captain Christopher Tew, 17, who led the team magnificently and was CBA's top shooter with 16 points ,said: "This competition means everything to us. Every single team player was outstanding."

After the game  delighted team coach Mr Atkinson said: "Basketball fever is taking over the school. "This game was the best that I have ever seen the team play.

"It was a true grudge match as we were beaten by Anthony Gell School two years ago. The pressure was huge, because we had to win the game or else we were out of the competition.

"We have high hopes this year and want to make it to the final."

The triumph adds to an impressive victory by the U15 boys team who came out on top in a local derby game against Northampton Academy.

The U15 and U16 teams are also still in the qualifying stages of the national competition so  it could be success all round come the finals in April.

CBA is also hoping the girls can follow in the boys footsteps and Mr Atkinson is starting girls development basketball sessions after Christmas.