Year 5 / 6 Basketball
Two teams of 5 pupils from year 6 (with a little help from year 5) travelled to Cramlington for a Northumberland schools basketball tournament. With 24 teams present is was to be a long and difficult day. Both teams started brightly with an opening round win and the excitement started to build. In the following 2 rounds both teams won one and drew the other. Sitting near the top of the their groups with 2 rounds left to play meant that a semi final apperance was a possiblility for both teams. Both teams ensured that the pressure was kept up on the rest of their group by winning in round 4. Round 5 threw up the most interesting match ups, both RCMS teams were playing the other 'rivals' from the group who had the same results so far. Team 'B' were up first and a spectactular 3 minutes from
Luke showed why he was player of the tournament for RCMS with an incredible 10 points which ensured that PCMS B made the semi final. All eyes turned to RCMS A who got a great start and were winning 4 - 0, a comeback basket and nerves started to fray, 4-2. In the final few seconds another basket tied the game. Nobody was sure of the group win as a count back on baskets scored was needed. As the semi finals were announced the first semi final Ponteland Middle A vs RCMS B looked to be a potential title decider. The second semi was announced... Ponteland Middle B vs Newminster, Team A's tournament was over.
Team A were invited to a shoot around game with the Newcastle Eagles star player Fabulous whilst the semi finals got under way. RCMS B started well and took a 3 shot lead, a few more baskets were scored and with a minute to go we were just 2 points ahead. Ponteland middle put a few good shots in but all were well defended and a tense final few moments occurred. Ponteland looked to have secured a draw with a well worked shot but after a roll around the rim it fell out. Unfortunately in the scramble for the ball we committed a foul and 2 free shots were given. The Ponteland middle school shooter scored both to tie the game.
A sudden death shoot out started and unfortunately we missed our 3rd shot and they calmly converted to advance. Our teams put in a huge effort and when the final standings were announced RCMS B were 3rd and RCMS A were 5th. Out of 24 schools this was an incredible performance by this exciting young team!