Globasket: England U15 Girls win, U14G, U15B runners-up - results, recaps, gallery

England select teams capped a rewarding week in Spain with success, as the U15 Girls secured victory at the Globasket Tournament.

The girls beat Beat BK 70-49 in the final to claim the gold medal position in Lloret de Mar.

The England U15 Boys and U14 Girls took runners-up spots and England U14 Boys won their third-place playoff. 

England select squads were led by Ruth Eytle (U14s) and Maialen Zilbeti (U15s), while the boys' head coaches are Dan Petts (U14s) and Billy Beddow (U15s).

Results, recaps and photographs below.



10 April
15:45 England U14B 90-27 Mercurius Basket

11 April
08:00 England U14B 62-64 Apagebask 1

12 April
08:00 England U14B 64-62 BTM
13:30  England U14B 68-41 Apagebask 2

13 April
11:30 England U14B 43-69 Apagebask 1

14 April
10:30 Third Place Playoff England U14B 66-63 BBC Mambra

England U14 Girls

10 April
15:45 England U14G 86-22 Mercurius Foxes 2

11 April
09:45 England U14G 48-63 Al Riyadi
13:00 England U14G 68-29 Russell Hoops

12 April
09:45 England U14G 66-42 Mercurius Foxes 1

13 April
13:00 England U14G 67-33 Soraluce Bergara

14 April
11:30 Final England U14G 56-65 Al Riyadi


England U15 Boys

11 April
09:45 England U15B 79-19 Al Riyadi

12 April
20:00 England U15B 64-79 Basquet Girona

13 April 
09:45 England U15B 54-65 Soraluce Bergara

14 April
11:30 Final England U15B 55-56 Soraluce Bergara

England U15 Girls

10 April
15:45 England U15G 53-64 Beat BK

11 April
09:45 England U15G 61-32 Soraluce Bergara

12 April
09:45 England U15G 80-33 KFUM Blackebergs 2

13 April
09:45 England U15G 89-45 Mercurius Foxes

14 April
08:00 Final England U15G 70-49 Beat BK


Day 5

After four days of intense basketball action, everything came to ahead on the fifth and final day, with England representing in three finals and one third place playoff.

Final England U15G 70-49 Beat BK

Up first were the U15 girls, who sought redemption over Beat BK and they found it by dominating their Finnish rivals, 70-49. 

Milton Keynes Breakers' Athena Thompson has been a consistent performer at the tournament, averaging 11 points per game, and her final performance was no different, helping to win the chip with 14 points.  

Guards Neve Rugette and Irene Oboavwoduo were also instrumental in the victory, adding 13 points each.

In five days, coaches Zilbeti, Hayes and Turner have created a cohesive outfit that have fought tooth and nail for one another. No wonder they all rushed off the bench as the buzzer sounded to congratulate one another on a job well done. 

Third Place Playoff England U14B 66-63 BBC Mambra

Head Coach Dan Petts' U14 boys kept England's morning of wins and trophy lifts going, with a tight 66-63 win over Luxembourg's BBC Mambra. 

After a decent run of three wins and two losses in the preliminary stages of Globasket, the boys found themselves with a well-earned place in the third place play-off final and facing an unknown opponent. 

With two minutes left on the clock and the score at 62-58, Joshua Mboura and Oliver Bishop, who both had 10 points, converted two crucial buckets to keep themselves ahead by four so when Mambra's Georges Nikolakopulos splashed a three it was already too late for a come back. 

A tactical time-out call by coaches Petts, Burchnall and Vuong to advance the ball and run the clock down in the opponents half meant the third place trophy was England's.  

Big man Ege Cakmakkaya came through as top scorer on the day with 14 points, and Max Tjongondjoza chipped in 12. 

Final England U14G 56-65 Al Riyadi

The heart-in-mouth encounter between the U14 girls and Al Riyadi had everything a basketball fan would want from a final: pressure defence, well-worked baskets, lead changes, blocks, steals, game-changing threes, tears, smiles and late calls. 

Yet, it wasn't to be England's afternoon, as coaches Eytle, Scott and Salmon's girls settled for a merited and prideful second place. 

Vastly improved from their first outing against the Beirut-based team, where they lost by 15, England were only down by four points come the half way mark, and a mega 22 points in the third period still meant everything was to play for come the final quarter. 

However, Riyadi were able to extend their lead to 10 within the first minute of the fourth and England had to chase the game for the remaining nine. 

Playmakers Precious Godwin and Summer Wilson were named joint top scorers, collaborating for 30 points. 

Final England U15B 55-56 Soraluce Bergara

Lifting the last piece of silverware for England were the U15 boys, who lost 55-56 to Soraluce Bergara, and settled for second place. 

Beddow's boys were leading 55-51 going into the final minute, but were stung by a three from Bergara's Danel Soto, followed by a two from Unai Gerenu that put the Basque team ahead. 

Emmanuel Ugochukwu, who has been averaging 10 points per game, had a three throw to tie the game but wasn't able to convert it and the game ended in favour of the Basques.

Emilis Zibuda scored 16 points and was joined on a double-digit performance by Jakob Bobkowski.

There will be more to come from this unit and coaches Beddow and Winton will seek to unlock their talent further when the U15 boys compete in Serbia this summer. 

Day 4

Team England Select have booked themselves three final appearances and a third place playoff on the penultimate day of Globasket. 

The U15 girls were the first to get a coveted finals spot with an 89-45 beatdown of Mercurius Foxes.

Manchester Mystics' Irene Oboavwoduo balled out for 19 points and was backed up by her teammates Neve Rugette and Athena Thompson, who scored 11 and 14, respectively.  

They now face Finland's Beat BK, who beat them on the first day of competition. Head Coach Maialen Zilbeti's unit has grown considerably in confidence and unity since then. 

Sitting second in their group, with four wins and one loss, is the U14 girls team, who will now face the only team to beat them: Al Riyadi, in tomorrow's final. 

Today's fixture was a 67-33 win over Basque outfit Soraluce Bergara, and a chance for all players to work on aspects of their game in an England jersey.

Top scorers were point guard Summer Wilson and forward Kyhanna Campbell with 12 points each. In fact, 11 of Head Coach Eytle's 12 got on the scoresheet today. A real team effort. 

Fresh from yesterday's defeat against Girona, Head Coach Beddow's U15 boys went against a stubborn Soraluce Bergara, who despite being undersized were tenacious at stealing and stripping the ball from England's guards and big men. 

The boys had a low scoring first half, with the second period ending 48-20, but a motivating half-time talk from Beddow stirred them into action and they outscored the Basque team 19-9 in the third quarter. 

Forwards Emmanuel Ahamefule and Emilis Zibuda combined for 20, and guard Jeremi Dutka added to to the fight back with nine of his own. 

Despite the L, they have a place in the final with a second place finish in their group and a chance at redemption as they face Bergara for round two.  

Apagebask 1 brought the U14 boys hopes of reaching a final to a close with a bruising 69-43 victory.

The Brazilians were hot from the off and stifled England's offense with relentless hustle, finishing the game with 54 points from inside the arc.

England on the other hand started slowly and were already down 39-18 come the break, meaning they had to claw back in the third period after being motivated by Head Coach Dan Petts' team talk.

Ziah Francis helped the effort with his 11 points, but the damage was already done. The boys will now face Luxembourg's BBC Mambra for third place. 

Day 3

The latter stages of the tournament beckon for England Select, as all age groups competed in day three of competition, securing four wins from five. 

The day started with a spicy encounter for the U14 boys against an England based touring team BTM, which see sawed throughout the four quarters until London Thunder's Myles Barry had the last word, with a timely steal and lay up to win the game 64-62.  

Big man Oliver Bishop was crucial in England's success and top scored with 18 points. 

That win put the team into the quarterfinals of the competition, where they faced Brazilian side Apagebask 2. In a much more one sided affair, thanks to the collective defence of the team and crisp ball control by Jenson Green, who also scored 12 points, the game finished 68-41.

Ege Cakmakkaya top scored with 13 points, and that result puts them into the semi-finals. 

Also in the semis are the U16 girls team, who resolutely beat their Swedish opponents KFUM Blackebergs 2, 80-33. Manchester's Irene Oboavwoduo scored 12 points and was joined on double-digits by teammates Holly Ensoll (11) and Athena Thompson (10).

Taking their place in the quarter-finals are the U14 girls, who beat their toughest opponents to date Mercurius Foxes 1, 66-42. 

Head Coach Eytle's team have grown in strength and confidence throughout the tournament and that showed with nine of her players on the scoresheet for this win. Top scorer was Summer Wilson, who banked 15. 

Still in the preliminary rounds of their competition, the U15 boys played their second game in a late night fixture against Girona Basquet.

The boys gave a strong account of themselves, working together well at both ends of the court, with shimmers of brilliance. 

London Elite's Emmanuel Ahamefule was on song for the team, spinning and bounding his way to the basket for 16 points. Teammate Emilis Zibuda also got in on the double-digit action with 10.

Day 2

Another day of wins and character building losses for the England Select junior teams. 

This morning started with the latter for the U14 boys against Brazil's Apagebask 1, who won 64-62.

Both teams traded baskets throughout the game, taking two quarters each. In the final minutes, Myles Barry knocked down two from the stripe to put England within two, but Apagebask's Luis Lima De Campos put the game just out of reach with a field goal. 

Sam Muleba had a good game, scoring 15 points and was joined on double-digits by teammate Josh Mboura, who had 12. 

England went on to win two out of their three 10:45 fixtures, with the U15 girls and boys making light work of Soraluce Bergara and Al Riyadi, who were well beaten 61-32 and 79-19, respectively. 

For the boys, headed up by Milton Keynes Breakers' Billy Beddow, this was their debut at the tournament and Oskaras Visockas (11pts) and Ike Davids (12pts) combined for 23 of England's total. 

Tiarna Chambers-Desmond worked her mid-range for the girls against Bergara, scoring 5/5 from the paint. Coach Zilbeti was pleased with the win after yesterday's loss. 

Finally, the 14 girls bounced back from their morning 48-63 loss to Al Riyadi, heeding the defensive advice of their coaches Ruth Eytle, Lewis Scott and Gemma Salmon, to paste Russell Hoops 68-29 in the afternoon.

Forward Chayana Collins-Foster had a monster game inside, scoring 9/9 and a free throw for 19 points.  

Day 1

England U14 and U15 Select squads began their Spanish campaign with two wins and a close loss, during day one of the Globasket Tournament in Lloret de Mar.

Head Coach Ruth Eytle's U14 girls got the English contingent off to winning ways, dismantling their opponent Mercurius Foxes 2 86-22, whilst the U14 boys lead by Dan Petts followed suit, beating Mercurius Basket 90-27. 

Finally, Maialen Zilbeti's U15 girls were just edged by their Finnish rivals, Beat BK, 53-64. In spite of the loss, Athena Thompson was the game's leading scorer on 17. 

England's domination against the Belgian Mercurius teams started from the off and by halftime the U14 girls and boys teams had built sizeable leads, with both teams ahead by 32 and 28 points, respectively. 

Storm's Summer Wilson top scored with 11, whilst Joshua Mboura had 13 points. 


England U14 Girls

Kyhanna Campbell, Nottingham Wildcats Basketball Club
Chayana Collins-Foster, Richmond Knights Basketball Club
Precious Godwin, Richmond Knights Basketball Club
Katie Hancock, Sheffield Hatters Basketball Club
Elodie de Jonge, Sevenoaks Suns Basketball Club
Mojan Malek, Manchester Mystics
Jane Oboavwoduo, Manchester Mystics
Tanaia Robinson, Ipswich Basketball Club
Anya Scruton, Richmond Knights Basketball Club
Nina Wadda, Ipswich Basketball Club
Tiana Walker, Manchester Mystics
Anya Williams, Manchester Mystics
Summer Wilson, Storm Basketball Club
Ella Wright, Sheffield Hatters Basketball Club

Head Coach: Ruth Eytle
Asst Coach: Lewis Scott
Asst Coach: Gemma Salmon
Team Manager: Charlotte Redhead
Physio: Yasmin Parton Sotomayor
S&C: Lauren Adams

England U15 Girls

Sophia Agboola, Team Solent Kestrels Basketball Club
Kosi Anyanwu, Bromsgrove Bears Basketball Club
Kaiya Bateman, Milton Keynes Breakers
Tiarna Chambers-Desmond, Derby Trailblazers Basketball Club
Holly Ensoll, Kingston Lions Basketball Club
Sonia Matei, Manchester Mystics
Tia May, City of Birmingham Rockets
Elinga Misiunaite, Right Development Foundation
Irene Oboavwoduo, Manchester Mystics
Mischa Okada-Leroy, Richmond Knights Basketball Club
Neve Rugette, Richmond Knights Basketball Club
Athena Thompson, Milton Keynes Breakers
Chloe Vella, Richmond Knights Basketball Club
Kamilah Yakubu, Bristol Metropolitan Academy

Head Coach: Maialen Zilbeti
Asst Coach: Charlie Haynes
Asst Coach: Shanice Turner
Team Manager: Ruchae Walton
Therapist: Chedell Cruickshank
S&C: Dan Cruse

England U14 Boys

David Akhidime, Manchester Magic
Shujaa Barnaby, City of Birmingham Rockets
Myles Barry, London Thunder Basketball Club
Oliver Bishop, York Eagles Basketball Club
Ege Cakmakkaya, Manchester Magic
Romero Della-Verde, City of Leeds Basketball Club
Ziah Francis, Aquila Basket Trento
Jenson Green, Baltic Stars Basketball Club
Camran Hanson, Manchester Magic
Oscar Mahoney, Teesside Lions Basketball Club
Joshua Mboura, Kingston Wildcats
Samuel Muleba, Milton Keynes Breakers
George Payne, Huish Taunton Tigers
Ata Charles Refioglu, London Elite
Maxx Tjongondjoza, Worthing Thunder Basketball Club
Rufus Wilkinson, Farnborough Phantoms

Head Coach: Dan Petts
Asst Coach: Scott Burchnall
Asst Coach: Charles Vuong
Team Manager: Wayne Brooks
Physio: Javid Mirza
S&C: Leila Benyahia

England U15 Boys

Emmanuel Ahamefule, London Elite
Santiago Baffour-Rivera, Real Madrid, Spain
Jakub Bobkowski, Newcastle Eagles
Ike Davids, Leicester and Loughborough Riders Basketball Club
Nicholas Dent, Plymouth Basketball Club
Fulvio Dos Santos, Baltic Stars Basketball Club
Jeremi Dutka, London Warriors Basketball Club
Rufus Everatt, Manchester Magic
Matthew Ikeneku, Team Solent Kestrels Basketball Club
Jack Odongo, Manchester Magic
Ayomikun Olofintila, Manchester Magic
James Powell, Team Solent Kestrels Basketball Club
Oskaras Visockas, Baltic Stars Basketball Club
Emilis Zibuda, Baltic Stars Basketball Club

Head Coach: Billy Beddow
Asst Coach: Freddie Winton
Team Manager: Jeron Johnson
Therapist: Dave Hall
S&C: Nathan Ramsdale-Owen