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Luke Mitchell's (Hucknall Hornets) 41 points ,Daniel Burmiston's 17 points and Hakeem William's 11 Points and 18 rebounds propelled Notts Nova Centurions Under-13's basketball squad to a 77-62 victory over Newham All Stars Sports Academy in the National Basketball League Play-Off quarter-finals at Mapperley Sports Village and their first FINAL FOUR appearance until 2003.
Hucknall / Nova Coach Adam McGrory becomes the first Nova Coach to represent Nova in a Final Four as a player and a Head Coach.Adam played on the famous 2000 and 2001 teams as the defensive ace and point guard. Adam stated,"We broke the game open in the last 5 minutes and the atmosphere was amazing.Its great to get the programme back up with the country's elite clubs." Nova Under-13 increased their undefeated win streak to 16 and received scoring support from; Elijah Gray-Finch,Steven Ramsden, Reece Lenihan(2 points each) and Jack Curryer(1 point). Basketball Development Officer Jimmy Smith stated,"I always knew Adam would make an outstanding coach.He got things done as a player and he is just the same as a Nova head coach .Most of the Nova staff are now former Nova players and what a great job they have done this season!" England Basketball's Under-13 Final Fours are Saturday 2 April 2011 at Stoke Mandeville Stadium ,Aylesbury.Tip-off to be confirmed.Manchester Magic will play Ipswich Tomcats and Notts Nova will play Lewisham Thunder in the two semi-finals.
Jimmy Smith
Basketball Development Officer

Nova v Doncaster Review

22 March 2008: Notts Nova U18
Led by Hucknall Hurricanes' Zak Ellis, Notts Nova secured an upset victory over high flying Doncaster Eagles 75-64 in the RAF National U18 playoffs. Zak had a team high 17 points to go with nine rebounds to give Nova a county record 14 game winning streak. Chris Martin also contributed as Nova opened up a commanding lead in the third.
After the victory Coach Jimmy 'Jumpshot' Smith said 'We never doubted we would win - we're a Cinderella team but we can't wait for the next dance' - against Sheffield Hallam Junior Sharks. source: Nottingham Evening Post

19th November 2007: Mini Basketball
Hucknall Hotshots hosted Ilkeston Outlaws for an evening of mini basketball at Hucknall Leisure Centre. The opposition brought plenty of support adding to the atmosphere of an event which provided the opportunity for the younger players to participate under 'match' conditions with referees, scorers and timed quarters. Although comforably beaten by their more experienced Derbyshire neighbours, the 'first session' gave a creditable performance and with a little more luck under the basket, scores could have been closer.
The second half of the evening brought on the older 'Hotshots' players and was more keenly contested. On balance, Hucknall emerged narrowly ahead with a highlight being a 'buzzer beating' half court basket to seal the final game
Thanks to everyone who helped make the event a success, particularly the parents and coaches who brought the visiting teams.

November 2007: Sherwood League
Hucknall Hornets and Hucknall Hurricanes progress to the Sherwood League playoffs. Both teams secured a place in the playoffs with a game to spare. Hornets look set to finish as runners up in their Under 14 division whilst Hurricanes are favourites to clinch their Under 18 division title.

April 2006: Sherwood League
Hucknall Hornets win division and finish runners up to Burton Tornadoes in the playoff finals(under 14s) recap
Hucknall Hawks beat Mansfield to finish third (under 16s) recap
Hucknall Hurricanes finish fifth (under 18s)

September 2005:Club members lead the way in the Robin Hood Fun Run
March 2005: Hucknall Hornets and Hucknall Hawks both won their divisions in the Sherwood League for the 2004/5 season remaining undefeated. more
January 2005: Peter Marshall breaks scoring record - Hucknall Dispatch


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