REVENGE was sweet for Ellesmere Port Catholic High School as their hoop stars powered their way to a national basketball championship.
The school's under 14s team clinched the English Schools Basketball Association crown in Barrow-in-Furness with a 72-70 victory over Shenfield in the final.
The win saw the Catholic High avenge the previous month's defeat to their Essex counterparts at the U15s finals in London.
Influential England international John Gould had been missing when the two schools last met, but he was back in the Catholic High's team in Barrow and bagged 13 crucial points in the third period of the final.
With just under two minutes remaining, Catholic High led 69-59 - but then they had a late scare.
Coach Mike Burton said: 'Shen-field fought back, scoring 11 points in the time remaining.
'But two free throws from Josh McGinn and one from John Gould saw us hold on. They did the school proud.'
The top eight schools in the country played off for the right to be crowned national champions at Barrow's Hoops Basketball Centre.
Catholic High came through their four-team pool with victories over St Margaret's of Liverpool (53-39), Archbishop Lanfranc of Croydon (61-32) and Bohunt School in Hampshire (93-53).
Their semi-final opponents were from much closer to home - Helsby High School.
It was a tight game, with the scores tied at 35-35 at half time. Captain Josh McGinn put the Ellesmere Port boys ahead with a three-pointer and they won 72-57.
The final showdown against Shenfield had added significance as many of the players involved in last month's defeat at the U15s championships were also involved for the U14s.
After clinching a memorable win, the Catholic High boys were presented with the Wilkinson Sword Trophy. It is the fifth time the school has won the competition.
Gould was the leading tournament scorer for Catholic High with 120 points. He was followed by McGinn (74), Neil Gillard (39), Liam Barry (37), Joe Franklin (23), Lewis Thomas (19), Adam Jones (14), Paris Garner (13), Tom Halpin (6), Jack Griffith (2), Luke Lewis (2) and Joe Hayes (2).