Hockerill Anglo-European College student Saul Chesters helps Haringey Hawks beat Myerscough College in Basketball England Under-18 Men's National Cup final
Saul Chesters made a vital contribution to Haringey Hawks winning a thrilling Under-18 Men's National Cup final.
The 16-year-old Hockerill Anglo-European College student, who stands at 6ft 11in and made his England Under-16s debut in December, entered the fray towards the end of the contest against Myerscough College and scored a tip-in to put his side ahead for the first time with just 13 seconds remaining.
And the Hawks went on to triumph 65-64 with Owen Young sinking the winning free throw with 0.9sec left on the clock at Essex Sports Arena.
Stepping up to the line with the scores tied, Young missed his first shot but regained his composure to sink the second.
The North West side had led comfortably for most of the game, with their advantage peaking at 13 points early in the third quarter. That simply allowed the Hawks to set up a grandstand finish, reeling their opponents in despite trailing 54-44 going into the last.
The most valuable player award went to Haringey captain Alex Distras, who enjoyed a game-high 27 points. Ndewedo Newbury scored 13 points to go with nine rebounds before fouling out late.
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