First UBL season a success

The first UBL season has come to a close with Drayton Manor High School claiming the title.

UBL Champions 2018The league was a new initiative aimed at increasing the participation of basketball throughout West London. The competition involved 13 schools mainly across the Borough of Ealing involved the introduction of coaching sessions for players from year 10 and younger.

After the introductory training sessions, the most talented players represented each school in an organised league with up to eight months of competition.

Drayton Manor High School confirmed their supremacy in the UBL by beating Acton High School in the final game 40-22. To commemorate the end of the inaugural UBL season individual awards were presented to players to recognise their performances throughout the season. The full list of individual award winners are:

UBL All Star Team and Individual Winners 2018L-R: S. Ali Raza, L. Campbell, B. McCoy, A Felekis, J. Blake, J. Oliva

UBL All Star Team and Individual Winners 2018All Star Team:

Brooklyn McCoy – Drayton Manor
Jaheen Blake – Acton High School
Shahan Ali Raza – Brentside High School
Alexi Felekis – Drayton Manor High School
Jacob Oliva – Cardinal Wiseman CofE School

Most Improved Player:
Liam Campbell – Alec Reed Academy

Alexi Felekis – Drayton Manor High School

Emma Chambers, Chairperson of Future Stars was delighted when she delivered her comments “Leagues such as this should be played in every borough in London. For proper growth of basketball in this country you need well structured school competition which operates below national league level, that’s where you cultivate interest in the game and find real talent which can be further nurtured. We were slightly anxious at the beginning of the project, but the final product has surpassed our expectations and great credit must go to PE teachers and coaches working in all participating schools. After the success of this season, the second edition of UBL will grow be even stronger and include further schools across the region.”

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