Recently, we had a farewell game for our Sixth Form players V Hammersmith college.
It was by far the most exciting game and the largest crowd we had at a game at Lampton (or any school for that matter). All four sides of the hall were two rows deep.
Wesley Bezuidenhout, Zabi Osmani and Joel Joseph were outstanding. Joel led all scorers with 26 points, while Wesley contributed 16. Zabi, as always, was our intelligent warrior leading the troops with his decision making. Nenad Djurdjevic entertained the crowd in the warm ups with his dazzling dunks and athleticism while also scoring valuable points throughout the game. It was great to see Hakim Nsubuga back in action as his leadership throughout the season was a noticeable absence.
With the lead changing hands 3 times in the last 10 seconds (yes, that was 3 times in the last 10 seconds!) 15 year old Jimmy Singh had two free throws to tie the game with 1.3 seconds left. After making the first easily, it looked as if this game was heading towards overtime, however, Jimmy’s second free throw rattled all sides of the rim and came out. Nevertheless, Jimmy was first to react to his miss and caught the rebound and shot the ball in mid-air before the buzzer. Low and behold the ball rimmed in and out again.
A one point loss went unnoticed and anyone unaware of the final score would have thought we won by 20 points with the celebration’s that were had after the game. It was very touching to see the crowds appreciation of Hakim, Zabi, Joel, Wesley and Nenad as they were called out onto the floor at half time to acknowledge their dedication, hard work and commitment to the Lampton Basketball Academy over the past few years.