BASKETBALL: Excellent sportsmanship and ability earned King Edward VII Academy plaudits at the National Finals Day in Manchester.

The King’s Lynn school was one of 25 Year 7 teams in action and returned in high spirits after two narrow defeats and a 42-32 win over Durham Johnstone School.

Stoke’s Ormaston Academy prevailed 38-30 and Newcastle school St John Fisher School inflicted a 42-32 defeat on the West Norfolk team.

Sports teacher Ross McNeil said: “The u16 team who beat us in the last 16 went on to win it. We only lost to them by eight points.”

He added: “I would like to also thank James Bamfield, of Lynn Fury, for taking the lads and coaching them all year.

“We have a big squad of committed and talented Y7 basketball players and this is the start of an exciting journey.”