Collyer's basketball stars of yesteryear win inaugural Legends Game

Collyer’s men’s basketball side lost the inaugural Legends Game, to a team of Collyer’s basketball stars of yesteryear, 83-71.

Thursday, 29th July 2021, 11:28 am
Updated Thursday, 29th July 2021, 11:31 am

The highly decorated visitors comprised players who had won the Association of Colleges South East Regional Championships and finished second in the National Association of Collyer’s Championships.

Collyer’s basketball fan Richard Rothwell, who is the director of admissions at the Ofsted Outstanding sixth form college, was thrilled to see the head to head take place.

He said: “Whenever you construct past v present games in your head, it’s always a case of ‘What if? Well,…now we know!”

From left to right: Collyer's coach Dan Evans, Class of 2021 MVP, Zach Holden, 'Legend of Legends', Josh Raby, and assistant coach Nick Probin

Fellow fan, Maths teacher Peter Mattock added: “To actually see it happen is incredible! I can’t wait for next year!”

Collyer’s coach Dom Evans, widely regarded as one of the country’s top young coaches, said: “Although played behind closed doors, there was still a great atmosphere and the talent on show was obvious for all to see.

“The Legends Game is something that I am extremely passionate about. With the availability of the team to come and play this summer, it was an opportunity that we could not turn down.

"The day of the game was absolutely incredible. It was a joy to watch the talent that Collyers basketball has produced in the last few years and the talent that Collyers continues to produce.

The Legends and Class of ‘21 teams before the inaugural Legends Game

"It was a wonderful end to the year. The players can now take a well-deserved summer break before pre-season training.

"It’s been such an honour for Nick Probin and I to have coached these gifted athletes over recent years.

“The quality of play on view was immense and I’m already looking forward to next season’s game!”

Collyer’s assistant coach Probin added: “What a great game, played in a true sporting atmosphere. I couldn’t work out who to support!?”

Collyer’s Class of 2021 Most Valuable Player, chosen by the Legends’ side, was Zach Holden.

He said: “It was a great afternoon for the current boys, as it was an opportunity for us to match up against some of the quality of the past Collyers players.

"This is really going to help us going forward into next season.”

The 'Legend of Legends', chosen by the Class of 2021 side, was Josh Raby, and he added: “It was nice to come back to Collyers and play some basketball.

"The current team looks great and I wish them good luck for next season.”

Tom Evans, Legends captain, said: “It was a pleasure to come back and help out the current group of Collyers basketball players.

"It’s nice to see that Collyers basketball continues to go from strength to strength”

Andrea John, vice principal (pastoral) added: “This enthralling tie encapsulated all that is great about Collyer’s sport.

"Huge thanks to Dom, Nick, the students and of course, the returning legends.”

Deputy principal Steve Martell, who presented the Legends with commemorative T-shirts prior to the game, said: “We are in the middle of a golden generation for Collyer’s sport and basketball is no exception. I’m positive that many of the Class of 2021 are future legends!

“Dom and Nick are incredibly generous and talented, giving up so much of their time and effort to pass on their expertise.”

John Burroughs, head of the Collyer’s sports academy added: “We are now attracting students from across the south east and internationally to join our sports academy.

"It really is going from strength and strength. We hope to run similar legends events across some of the other academies in the future.”

Legends: Tom Evans, Josh Raby, Ollie Hutt, Joe Menzies-White, Muhammad Mrisho, Matt Forster, Mark Wint, Tom Kent, Harry Ros.

Class of ’21: Harry Best, Harry Bliss, Henry Butler, Jake Dalgetty, Zach Holden, Owen Menzies-White, Bryan Ng, Malcolm Rabe, Hali Sowe, Alen Durakovic (injured), Dieter Forster (injured), Miguel Venturini (injured).