Lions Cup: England U15 Boys finish fourth in Paris - results and gallery

England U15 Boys finished fourth at the Lions Cup in Paris.

An England U15 Boys Select team took part in the competition in the French capital against international opposition and topped group B to reach the final fours.

They end the competition in fourth after losing the third-place final to Poland Select.

Players were chosen from the ETP selection camp in Manchester to represent England, with squads also selected for U14 and U15 Boys and Girls squads for the trip to the Globasket Tournament in Costa Brava, Spain this week. 

In Paris, the England U15 Boys were led by head coach Sterling Muschett and faced a selection of club, academy and national teams between 8-10 April. 

The teams entered are: 

Group A: CTC Centre Essonne (France), Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel), Poland Select, Saint Charles Basket (France). 

Group B: England Select, JSF Nanterre (France), Union Artois Elite (France), Zaza Pachulia Academy (Georgia). 


Saturday 8 April 

11:00: JSF Nanterre 48-62 England Select 

15:45: Union Artois Elite 64-68 England Select 

Sunday 9 April  

10:00: Zaza Pachulia Academy 77-70 England Select 

18:00: Final Fours - Maccabi Tel Aviv 63-55 England Select

Monday 10 April

13:15: Poland select 78-41 England Select

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JSF Nanterre 48-62 England Select

Sterling Muschett's England U15's opened the Lions Cup with victory over Nanterre in Paris.

Daniel Banjoko led the way with a game-high 18 points, while Jamaal McAllister (11 pts) and Kelvin Aigbogun (10 pts) also posted double figures.

England led all but once in the first-half as Banjoko scored 14 of his 18 points, as Nanterre struggled to contain the London Lions starlet.

Nanterre fought back after a low scoring half but England kept the scoreboard ticking to coast to a first win of the weekend.

Union Artois Elite 64-68 England Select 

England were made to come from behind to make it two wins from their two games on day one.

Banjoko helped spark the revival with another game-high (21pts) with support from Kimbe N'Gabala (14pts) and Andrew Nwokolo (12 pts).

A slow start meant England were trailing 43-29 at the break but 15 unanswered points helped turn the tide as they earned a hard-fought victory to end the opening day in Paris.

Zaza Pachulia Academy 77-70 England Select 

England began day two in defeat as they fell to Georgian side Zaza.

Tristan Curran (22 pts), McAllister (16 pts) and Banjoko (13 pts) top-scored for Coach Sterling's side but it wasn't enough as they ended the group stages with their first loss of the tournament.

It leaves all teams in Group B with one defeat each, with two wins from three meaning England's destiny is still in their own hands.

Maccabi Tel Aviv 63-55 England Select

England missed out on a place in the Lions Cup Finals with defeat to Tel Aviv.

Once again Curran (19 pts) and Banjoko (15 pts) reached double figures along with Aigbogun (15 pts) and largely kept the score within two points from half-time until deep into the fourth quarter.

England select 41-78 Poland select

Report to follow.

Squad & staff

Kelvin Aigbogun, Manchester Giants Basketball Club
Dafe Awarota, Derby Trailblazers Basketball Club  
Daniel Banjoko, London Lions Basketball Club 
Kaya Birsen, London Elite
Luca Boothe, Manchester Magic   
Tristan Curran, Sussex Bears Basketball Club 
Dominic Goodwin, Manchester Magic 
Jamaul McAllister, Storm Basketball Club 
Adrian Mordi, West Herts Warriors Basketball Club 
Kimbe N'Gabala, Richmond Knights Basketball Club
Andrew Nwokolo, London Thunder Basketball Club

Head coach: Sterling Muschett
Assistant coach: Mitchell Timmins
Team manager: Meehra Gorasia
Physiotherapist: Sean Lewis