Double dunk for Mustangs

MK Mustangs
MK Mustangs

Milton Keynes Basketball Club await their fate in the quarter finals of the National Shield after a brilliant victory over Birmingham Mets.

The men’s side, MK Mustangs, completed an undefeated double-header by first seeing off Swindon Shock 85-70 in the National League, Midlands South West Region.

They currently have a 5-2 record so far this campaign, with the losses coming in the first two games of the season.

Since then, the team has gone from strength-to-strength.

Meanwhile, in the National Shield where teams compete from all over England, they beat a higher division team to win through to the quarter finals.

Taking on Birmingham Mets, they stunned the home side by taking a 63-79 win, booking their quarter final spot and a clash with Rossendale Raptors in the process.

General Manager Angela Turner said reaching the quarter finals is a huge achievement.

“To be doing this with such a new club, we’re making a lot of people sit up and take notice,” she said.

“To reach the quarter finals is an amazing achievement - some players at this level will play for years and never get that far.

“Birmingham Mets are a strong team at this level, and to knock them out of the Shield is a huge scalp for us.

“I have so much confidence in the side and I genuinely believe we could go all the way.

“But we face a strong Rossendale Raptors side in the next round and it’ll be tough.

“The team is doing very well indeed in a very competitive environment and is a true example of the talented basketball players we have here in Milton Keynes.”

The squad consists of several youth players who are demonstrating the potential to excel at the sport.

Just last week, two of the players were announced as being included in the U16 and U15 England squads, David Isseyka and Kadessi Alassani.

The two players, aged just 15 and 14, are making a great contribution to the success of the men’s team.

For more information on the team, follow them on Twitter @mkbasketball or on Facebook, search MK Mustangs Basketball.