30 years of the Orley Farm Basketball Tournament

Many congratulations to our outstanding basketball team who won a thrilling Orley Farm Basketball Tournament on Sunday 31st January. Held at Harrow School’s Sports Centre for the 31st year after its inauguration in 1986, we beat Edge Grove ‘B’ (12-4), Lochinver House (10-7) and St. Martin’s (11-4) to top our group. We then beat Westminster Under School 8-0 in the semi-finals to set up a winner-takes-all finale against double defending champions, Edge Grove ‘A’. 25 seconds away from us winning in normal time, Edge Grove equalised to take the match into overtime after it finished 8-8. It was still deadlocked at 12-12 at half time of overtime and then we trailed 12-14 with less than a minute remaining… however, a miraculous 3-pointer saw us go into a 15-14 lead and, despite the clock seemingly taking an eternity to run down, we held on for a sensational victory to bring the shield back to South Hill Avenue for the first time since 2012! Please see Mr Bloom’s comprehensive tournament report, complete with photos, at the link below:

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Steve Bloom