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Wolves provided nine of the players as Herts U-17 girls made it third time lucky by winning the East Region U-17 Tournament at University of East Anglian on Sunday.

Herts had lost both the 2022 and 2023 finals to Suffolk but victories against Essex and Norfolk gave then the title.

With only three of the six eligible counties entering a team, Essex defeated hosts Norfolk by four points in the opening game before Herts faced Essex in game two.

Captain Caitlin Ryan hit the first basket of the game and poured in 14 points as Herts led 27-9 at the first break. Essex were unable to make any inroads into that lead, and when the starters left the game with 1 minute and 18 seconds of the eight minute fourth period gone victory looked sewn up. However a 10-0 run saw the captain return for the final two minutes to help Herts complete the 61-52 victory.

Ryan finished with a massive 26 point, 20 rebound double-double, adding four steals with as many assists and blocks. Lily Harkness and Tiff Mitchell-Tyson - who along with Ryan were playing in their third straight tournament having also helped Herts win the 2022 U-15 title - each added 11 points and three rebounds, with Harkness collecting four steals and Mitchell-Tyson three.

With only a short break before facing hosts Norfolk, Herts struggled in the early stages but Ryan scored the first 12 points as her team took a 13-9 lead into the first break, and despite several players struggling with foul trouble, they never looked back. The starters left the game with six minutes remaining before Ryan returned for the final two minutes of her Herts career to help up wrap up a 64-32 victory 

In her last game as a U-17 Ryan had 33 points - outscoring the opposition team - 12 boards and seven steals. Maliya Lawal had an excellent game with 15 points and six assists while Paris Mitchell-Tyson added seven points, five rebounds and four steals.

Ryan was named tournament Most Valuable Player with Tiff Mitchell-Tyson was part of the all-star five. Harkness, Ryan, Lawal and the Mitchell-Tyson sisters are all expected to line-up for Wolves Elite Academy Basketball League team next season.

Wolves also had six players in the boys' U-17 team at the same venue, but it proved to be a bitter-sweet day for the Herts team. They lost 28-27 against Bedfordshire in the first game as their opponents scored a buzzer-beating basket to win the game. They they somehow repeated the scoreline against Suffolk despite again having the ball with ten seconds on the clock, but did get some consolation by beating Cambridgeshire 32-30 in the fifth place game.

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Oaklands Wolves players continue to dominate for Herts as the East Region tournaments remain in full swing.


The St Albans club provided nine of the 12 players for the U-13 side as they finished third in the B team tournament in Ipswich, on Saturday.


Zachary Oladbode scored six of the first eight points as Herts made a good start against hosts Suffolk, before Alex Cofone took over to pour in 15 points in a 64-16 victory.


The second game proved to be a heartbreaker for Graham Roberts' side as they went down 32-30 against eventual winners, and a tired looking Herts team were denied runners-up spot as they lost 35-20 against Cambs.


Jacob Coyne collected the Sportsmanship award, with Oladbode also being named in the top three, while Cofone was named in the all-star five.






Oaklands Wolves players continue to dominate for Herts as the East Region basketball tournaments remain in full swing.

The St Albans club provided nine of the 12 players for the U-13 side as they finished third in the B team tournament in Ipswich, on Saturday.

Zachary Oladbode scored six of the first eight points as Herts made a good start against hosts Suffolk, before Alex Cofone took over to pour in 15 points in a 64-16 victory.

The second game proved to be a heartbreaker for Graham Roberts' side as they went down 32-30 against eventual winners, and a tired looking Herts team were denied runners-up spot as they lost 35-20 against Cambs.

Jacob Coyne collected the Sportsmanship award, with Oladbode also being named in the top three, while Cofone was named in the all-star five.

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Wolves provided 20 of the 24 players as Herts Country completed a East Region double at under-13 level on Sunday.

The St Albans club had ten of the 12 players in both teams as well as the coaching staff, with Herts winning all seven games to lift both trophies.

They also had both MVPs, with Jane Yu collecting the girls' trophy and Jacob Edrupt won the boys' title. Daisy Golan and Fin Carey were named in their tournament all-star fives  as Herts made it three wins from five county tournaments so far this season, having finished runners-up in the other two.




For several of the girls it was a case of going one better than the previous weekend where they'd helped the U-15 finish second. Coached by George Walker and Caitlin Ryan, Wolves had the hardest schedule as they played in the first four games of a five-team tournament, and were able to sit out the fifth set of games knowing they were already champions.

The first game turned out to be the decider as Herts edged out Essex 26-25 despite scoring just 10 points in the first half, Yu scoring her tenth and final point to secure the win.

A 16-2 first period set Herts on their

way to a comfortable 49-18 victory against Suffolk in the second game, with Yu scoring 21 points and Grace Betteridge adding ten. 

Another good start in the fourth game saw Norfolk out-scored14-4, and after two tight middle quarters, Herts wrapped up the win with a 12-6 final period to complete a 34-16 victory before Cambridgeshire were beaten 37-24 to give Herts the title.

The boys swiftly picked up where the girls left off as they never looked back after a 12-2 start on the way to a 50-18 victory against Cambridgeshire. Carey led the way with a 14 point, 13 rebound double-double, adding four steals, while Edrupt had 13 points, six rebounds, three steals and as many assists.

With no semi-finals, the final group game saw Herts face Essex, with the winner progressing to the final, and it was Herts who finished strongly to win 37-26.

Essex were held scoreless in the first period as Herts opened a seven point advantage but it was tied at 13-13 going into half-time before Essex edged the third period 10-9 to lead by one heading into the final break. The fourth quarter belonged to Herts, though, as they tightened their defence and scored in transition to outscore their opponents 15-3 to reach the title game. 

Edrupt finished with with ten points, seven boards and three steals, while Rocky Starr also had ten points, adding three rebounds and as many assists.

Hosts Bedfordshire awaited Graham Roberts'  and Walker's team in the final. It was another tight game, with Harry Regan's buzzer beater giving Herts and two point lead, and they pulled away to take a 33-26 advantage into the final break.

But Beds replied with nine unanswered points before a couple of big baskets from Edrupt turned the game in the visitors' favour and they held their nerve down to stretch to win the game 41-35 and retain the trophy

Edrupt again led Herts with 20 points, adding six rebounds, with Starr again finishing with ten points and coming up with five steals. 

Wolves also provided seven players for Herts as they finished runners-up to Essex in Saturday's U-15 boys B tournament in Huntingdon.

Herts defeated hosts Cambridgeshire 56-34 in the first game of the four-team tournament and then and then hammered Suffolk 64-30 in the second game. With Herts due to meet Essex in both the final group stage game and the final, the former game was surprisingly cancelled, and after a good start to the title game Herts faded in the final period to lose 51-43.

Titouan Vimeux and Max Plagermann were named in the all-tournament five. 



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