May 5, 2015 – NASSA’s Under-14s maintained their marvellous record of achievement with a third-place finish at the Basketball England National Final Fours competition at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
It could have been even better for the side which has won the national title three times in the past four years. The NASSA team, coached by NASSA Head Coach Chris Facey, led their semi-final against London Greenhouse Pioneers South by as much as eight points in the third quarter. In the end, a heartbreaking 67-65 loss in the final seconds cost NASSA the chance to defend their title in the final against Worthing Thunder.
The NASSA side showed commendable spirit to overcome their disappointment and defeat Manchester Magic 69-61 in the third place play-off.
NASSA Chief Executive Natasha Hart said: “It is a great achievement for NASSA to have the third-best Under-14s side in the country and, with a little luck, it could have been even better. What pleased me most of all was the sportsmanship and the mature attitude our players showed.
“At NASSA we always say that we want to create good basketball players but that it is even more important that we create good citizens. Having said that, we want our national title back and we’ll be doing everything we can next season to win it again.”