Bamp­ton plays lead­ing role

Bas­ket­ball

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Skip­per Ross Bamp­ton pro­duced a per­sonal tally of 22 points as North School Varsity Lions reached the last four of the Dy­namik un­der-19 Schools Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onships with a 77-55 win over twotime cham­pi­ons Devon­based Churston Fer­rers Gram­mar.

Bamp­ton’s haul in­cluded six re­bounds, eight assists and three steals, win­ning him the Most Valu­able Player award.

Coach Andrew Sun­der­land said: “Mak­ing the semi-fi­nals is an out­stand­ing achieve­ment and we have more to give.

“Ross was the dif­fer­ence on the day, com­posed, self­less and show­ing that he was made for the big stage.”

Churston scored the first six points of the game, be­fore Bamp­ton and Jay Par­nell got to work, scor­ing 19 first-quar­ter points to earn North a 22-17 lead.

The teams were only sep­a­rated by two points at the end of the sec­ond and third, be­fore Kai Potts shrugged off ill­ness to make the dif­fer­ence in the fourth quar­ter, scor­ing six points and two assists in only two min­utes on court.

Bamp­ton then mar­shalled his team home with a 19-2 run-in the clos­ing stages, earn­ing North a semi-fi­nal spot and a trip to Greig City Academy in Hornsey, North Lon­don.

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