Basketball: Saints hope to end Duco’s reign with win

Sheffield Junior Saints under 16s
Sheffield Junior Saints under 16s
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Sheffield Junior Saints under 16s have the chance for glory on Saturday in the national Final Fours at the English Institute of Sport in Atterclife.

The Saints U16s have enjoyed an excellent season and battled their way through to the semi-final against Newham Youngbloods Dynamos with victories over London Lewisham Thunder in the quarter-finals and Cheshire Wire 2 in the last 16.

Jacob Cauthorn with 32 points and Sam van Oostrum with 24 points led the way in their clash with Lewisham and will once again be key men for the Saints.

Cauthorn is the eldest son of Sheffield Sharks legend Todd Cauthorn while van Oostrum is the younger brother of Great Britain international Devon and former Sharks player Nigel.

It will be a special day for Sam’s father, Duco van Oostrum, too.

Duco, head coach of the U16s, has been with this set of players since they were 12-years-old and has guided the team their third consecutive Final Fours.

However, after Saturday he will be retiring from his volunteer coaching career.

Should the Saints be successful against Newham (10am tip-off) they will play the winners of Cheshire Wire and Manchester Magic in the final at 2.30pm.

The Saints U14 team narrowly missed out on reaching the Finals Fours as they went out at the quarter-final stage against London Pioneers.