Basketball players preparing for 'NBA' tournament

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Basketball has become a huge hit at Highfields, with students now preparing to showcase their skills on the courts as part of the Junior NBA competition.

The regional competition is based on the NBA, with six leagues - Northwest, Pacific, Southwest, Southeast, Central and Atlantic - each featuring five teams.

The teams play fixtures in their league before qualifying for the knockout stages, with the top four teams then going through to the play-off finals.

Each school plays as a professional NBA team, with kits to match. The draw was made by former NBA Hall of Famer, All Star David Robinson.

Our Year 7 team will represent Utah Jazz and will play students from Moseley School, Our Lady & St Chad’s School, The Royal School and George Salter School in the group phase.

Year 8 students will be playing as the Denver Nuggets.

Students taking part in the tournament have been selected from basketball practice, which takes place every Wednesday night.

Mr C Brickwood, Head of PE, said: “Basketball is a really popular sport here at Highfields and we have some really talented players. This competition is great fun as students represent an NBA team. We are really looking forward to getting on to the courts. I wish the students all the very best of luck for a successful competition.”

Meanwhile, young basketball players involved in last year’s Junior NBA squad enjoyed a trip to watch Worcester Wolves vs London Lions.

They watched the teams do battle on the courts in the British Basketball League at the University of Worcester Arena on November 16th.

The trip was a reward for the talented students, now in Year 8, for their participation and success in last year’s Junior NBA competition in which Highfields School, representing the Philadelphia 76ers, finished first in the Atlantic Division of the Birmingham league.

Mr Brickwood said: “The students had a fantastic time on their trip and many of them are now looking forward to getting involved with the next Jr. NBA competition.”

Posted on January 7, 2019 .