Wednesday 7th December saw six Year 11 boys from Tonypandy Community College set off to Tylorstown Sports Centre for a 5×60 KS4 Basketball tournament.
The team of John Plenderleith, Conor Edwards, Jarrad Morrissey, Sam Lee, Ryan Jones and Jay Shallish were excited at the thought of playing some familiar teams from last year’s tournament.
The boys were going into this tournament not having played any opposition since last year’s 5×60 competition however they were feeling confident as they had great success last time out.
The first game against Y Pant saw the boys play brilliantly but narrowly lost by 1 point. They won their next game being Treochy A 7-4 before progressing nicely on to beat Ponty High 30 points to 8. This through the whole pool open with Tonypandy, Treorchy, Y Pant and Porth possibly being able to progress to the semis. The boys knew that with two hard games left against Aberdare and Porth that they needed to perform and win to have a chance, luckily the results went our way and the boys successfully went through into the semi-finals.
The semi-final came, we were up against Garth Olwg who had been Pool B winners and flying high but our boys were way too strong for them winning comfortably 20 -10. Then came the final, yet again we were up against Y Pant. The boys wanted revenge for the pool stages but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. The boys played extremely well throughout the day and their attitude and commitment was second to none.
Even though we didn’t walk away as finalist winners the boys really did do themselves, 5×60 and the college proud!
Well done Boys!!!