Marshland High School in West Walton are county champs

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The Marshland High School under 14 basketball team have become double champions.

The West Walton-based school won the district tournament at King’s Lynn Academy (KLA), so are now district and county champions.

The lads comfortably won every game they played despite one of their best players, Jack Lane, being injured, but the squad stepped up to cover that loss.

In the group stage they beat Smithdon (Hunstanton) 18-0, Springwood 15-2 and King Edward VII Academy (KES) 17-9. They beat Litcham in the semi-final 10-0. Marshland High beat KES again in the final 11-3.

Players of the match were Lewis Jackson, Tom Gourley and Fred Collison. Top scorer was Donatas Verikas with 27 points, including two three-pointers. Stand-in captain Lewis Theobald scored 18 and Tom Gourley 10.

Other players were Harry Cleverly, Kieran Warden, Laurie Wilkinson, Marcus Holt, and normal captain Lane as coach and cheerleader. Jackson’s grandmother came out of hospital to come and watch, and she loved the game.

Verikas now has 210 points for the school this year, which includes 134 for the Year 9 champions even though he is only a Year 8. Theobald has 83 points.

The school commented: “They never looked like losing and it was a pleasure to watch. The team looked like champions on offence and defence and their hard work paid off.”