ZOO CREW TAME GATORS IN U12 THRILLER
O.W.E Zoo Crew (5-1) held on for a nail-biting win against a vastly improved Chiswick Gators squad (1-3) in one of the best games of the U12 division in this 2019-2020 season.
Zoo Crew were led by dynamic duo Zaire'Youngest In Charge' Colbert and Walter 'Grown Man's Game' Townsend, who (alongside Ric 'Dimes On The Dollar' Trotter), continue to set the U12 division alight with skills that belie their young ages. Townsend is just 10 years old but plays with 94ft energy, heart and hustle that force both his teammates and his competition to step their game up, or be run off the court. It's that real. Chase down blocks, hesitations, crossovers drives and finishes motored Townsend to a joint game-high 15 point haul.
However, not to be outdone by his partner in dimes, Colbert put youth basketball across London on notice, there's a new wave coming and he's rising like a tsunami. Watch out. Colbert is just NINE YEARS OLD but has a dizzying set of polished skills that just don't make sense for someone so young. Affectionately known as the 'Iso God', this young stunner is a PROBLEM. His handles are arguably the best in the whole league, irregardless of age or division, and he already has a lay-up package to plug and play with anyone, anywhere - should they ever want to test him. Both players were on top form in this game but were closely matched by a rising star from West London, in Chiswick's Idran Shanesh who kept the Gators in the game right up to the last minute. With the game in the balance, with just 45 seconds to go, Zoo Crew up by 1, Colbert caught the ball on the right side wing, testing his defender with a couple of light combination dribbles, he backed up to beyond the 3 point line and calmly swished the game winning 3 as if he's been doing this his whole life. All nine years of it. Wow. For his heroics, Colbert was rightly named game MVP, but a special mention should also go to Townsend who played a great game too. This team is 'must see TV' and quickly becoming the most entertaining team in the CBL. Get your seats while you can, these hoopers are going places...