Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation held their annual Secondary Schools basketball tournament over a period of 2 weeks at the Score Centre in Leyton, with the first competition commencing on the 6th of October.


The first day held the year 10-11 girls competition which was a great introduction and overview of the development of the sport of basketball in Tower Hamlets. Raines Foundation set the benchmark with a great performance early on with victory over Central Foundation School and Sir John Cass. Additionally, Bishop Challoner was also proving to be a team to look out for as they claimed early victory over Sir John Cass and Central Foundation before picking up their first defeat to Raines Foundation. The final was a repeat of the group match which saw Raines tower above Bishop Challoner, but, this time it was Bishop who started with the hot hand, scoring the first 2 points and dominating play. A quick timeout from Coach Laurent Irish saw the Raines Girls’ galvanised and despite Bishop Challoner’s late efforts Raines were able to keep calm and claim a 28-18 Victory.


The 8th of October saw the Score Centre host the second day of the basketball tournament for years 10-11 boys. The day provided a great turn out with over 80 players from a range of schools in attendance fiercely competing for the crown. Bow School looked to be the team to watch as they were off the mark with an early victory along against Stepney but, again, it was Raines Foundation and Bishop Challoner who dominated the day and would eventually meet in the finals. Kailum Nicholas, 2014 THYSF Basketball Performer of the Year Award Winner, from Raines was the standout player of the day and the Most Valuable Player (MVP) to his team as he was able to score back-to-back 3 pointers to put his team in the lead. Bishop were not going down without a fight, but Nicholas remained composed and showed maturity to lead his team to Victory. Kailum’s performance and development as a player has lead to him being a valuable player to Coach Laurent Irish and his inclusion in the Tower Hamlets Academy Basketball Team.

The third (13th October) and final day (15th October) saw the upcoming generation of year 7-9 boys and girls basketball players showcase their talents. Sir John Cass, Wapping High, Central Foundation and Langdon Park all brought talented boys and girls who make the future of Tower Hamlets basketball look very promising; Raines Foundation were the standout team as they did a clean sweep in all the age groups in both the boys and girls competitions winning all four.