Seevic open for London Lions at the Copper Box Arena
Monday, 08 December 2014
Seevic Storm Basketball Team took on Hackney Community College at the Copper Box on Sunday, opening for the Arena’s resident London Lions who played Leicester Riders later in the afternoon.
Though Seevic were undoubtedly the underdogs in the match, which took place on Sunday 30 November 2014, the team were still able to put on a good show for spectators at the Olympic venue which seats up to 7,500 people.
Hackney Community College (HCC) secured the curtain-opener opportunity through their new partnership with the London Lions, and the Seevic Storm team was eager for the chance to play in such fantastic professional facilities.
The match was part of the EABL’s (Elite Academy Basketball League) competition, allowing schools and colleges from across the country to play against one another and enhance their involvement in the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme.
There are 32 teams in the EABL, which is an invitation-only competition, with Seevic playing in the South Conference. AASE providers are automatically entered into the competition, with other teams being made up of schools and colleges that have shown high levels of performance historically.
On this occasion Seevic was not able to secure a win, and HCC took it with a decisive 128 points to Storm’s 59. Arif Sempala, a Hackney guard, was quick to praise a Storm player when he told the EABL: “Hands up to number 6 (Oye-Bangbose) from Seevic as well – he had a really strong game.”
As the only college in South Essex to participate in the AASE programme, players on the Seevic Storm teams get to play against other schools and colleges from across the country – not just from across the county.
Anyone interested in the competitive sport opportunities at Seevic can find more information here.