Hawks flying high after title success

Sussex champions Horsham Hawks U11 and (below) Josh Lea-Clayton and Antonio Lozz, who have been selected for the South East England squad.

Sussex champions Horsham Hawks U11 and (below) Josh Lea-Clayton and Antonio Lozz, who have been selected for the South East England squad.

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Horsham Hawks Under-11s secured the Sussex Basketball League title in style with a 82-21 victory over Haywards Heath Eagles 82-21.

A physical first quarter saw the Hawks slowly edge ahead 19-8 before an explosive 21-0 run during the second quarter put Horsham firmly in control, giving the league leaders a 40-8 half-time advantage.

Horsham Hawks U11s stars Antonio Lozzi and Joshua Lea-Clayton have selected for south east England SUS-140204-115351002

Horsham Hawks U11s stars Antonio Lozzi and Joshua Lea-Clayton have selected for south east England SUS-140204-115351002

The Hawks continued to pull away in the third quarter before the Eagles fought back valiantly at the start of the fourth with a 9-2 run themselves. Ultimately however, a combination of intense defence and fearless attacking basketball secured Horsham its 13th straight victory and the Sussex title with one game to spare.

Further adding to Horsham’s celebrations, Josh Lea-Clayton and Antonio Lozzi of the Hawks have been selected to represent South East England in a national tournament to be held in Sheffield later this year.

As members of the U11 South East England Development Squad they will be competing against the other regions for the national title.

Scorers: Josh Tavolieri – 18, Zach Holden – 14, Harry Rose – 11, Antonio Lozzi – 10, Josh Lea-Clayton – 8, Amy Willcox – 7, Charlotte Willcox – 5, Miguel Venturini – 5, Henry Butler – 2, Rachel Maclean– 2, Matthew Campbell.