Outlaws U12 Split first fixtures of the season
The first game of the Outlaws Under 12’s new season saw our division 1 team in action against Hucknall Hotshots 1. The Outlaws were new to this top league and also had some new players so Coach Kevin Hubbard knew we needed to hustle to keep alive in the game.
The Outlaws played excellently, scoring a mixture of points on fast breaks and shots, as well as being smart on defence – Only committing 2 fouls for the whole game!
Off the ball, the Outlaws showed their class too, grabbing both offensive and defensive rebounds, getting nearly every loose ball and making sure that any drive to basket was aggressive and hard – Sometimes taking very hard hits through strong contact and still scoring the basket.
Overall the Outlaws were electric. Aided by a massive impact by Ollie Hubbard and Rowynn Turner who between them laid down 22 of our 34 points. Baskets for Jayden Patel, Izzy Trueman, Owen Robinson and Liam King secured the win.
Man of the match goes to Ollie Hubbard who chased every loose ball and took body blow after body blow as Hucknall put 2 and 3 players against him. His attitude, determination and resilience, plus finishing was first class.
For our first big time game – we did a fantastic job. A proud coach of a team who did themselves proud today. – Coach Kevin Hubbard
On the same day, the Outlaws division 2 side had its first outing in a league game to tip off the start of the 2017/18 season at Mapperley Sports Village.
With 10 children making up the inaugural squad for the Division 2 league, each one was fired up and ready to go on court with a noise behind them from parents which they’d never heard before.
Leading in the first quarter against Derby/Chilwell, the first five demonstrated fantastic skill, speed and teamwork as they took on the opposing team. With a change in five on court for the second quarter as per U12 rules, the pace of the game shifted slightly and we started to lose a grip on the lead.
Going into the final half, individuals were tired from the pace of the game but didn’t waver and continued to show shear gut and determination with some exceptional drives to basket converting to points (and head coach, Heidi Barlow jumping for joy at one point)!
Whilst they missed out on the win, 18-25, the team finished with smiles on their faces and the knowledge that they’d put in 100% effort and worked as a team.
Most Valuable Player (MVP) goes to Charlie Richardson for showcasing some great ball skills and confidence, and listening to what Coach said about driving to basket when he went back on court.