Coach Davies drives Canterbury forward in his 2nd season

Canterbury Academy have enjoyed a successful start to the 2019/20 campaign, with a record of 4-0 putting them second in the Southern Conference.

In the opening week, they recorded an 88-69 success over City of London Academy, and have since gone on to defeat Itchen College, USP College and BHASVIC, tallying up a total of 384 points scored.

After making the play-offs last season, the club are hoping for the same success and to go one step further in the current competition.

“We have had a good start to the EABL season, picking up some good wins,” said head coach Adam Davies.

“The guys have hit the ground running after coming back after the summer term where we had eight weeks of solid workouts, then a three week pre-season.

“The team is motivated to go further then we did last year reaching the quarter-finals, so we are trying to take what we learnt last year and apply it.”

Last season, the side finished 12-6 and face Barking Abbey in week eight of the competition in hope of maintaining their unbeaten run.

“We are aware of the good start but we aren’t caught up in it, we are only four games in and we have three very tough teams coming up next.

“We take each game as it comes and once we finish a game we debrief it and take away what we need to and move on. We don’t have time to stop and feel good, hopefully we can do that in March.”

When asked what has worked so well this season, Davies added, “We have tweaked our style on offence this year after our personnel changed to being very guard heavy and the players have bought into it well.

“We have shot the ball well in three of our four games and had multiple players step up and put in good performances. Our biggest weapon I feel at the moment, apart from our shooting, is the toughness we are showing on defence.

“We are undersized in most positions but the guys have brought into the fact we need to get stops and that involves being a unit, winning the boards and 50/50 balls.

“We lost some seniors and leaders to the next part of their basketball journey which affected the balance of the team and forced us to rethink how we play.

“It also sees other players having to step up and learn how to be leaders both on and off the court, so the team has changed personality a little.

“The other difference is probably in me, being my second year in charge I now have a better understanding of who I am and how I want to coach which I hope will help us succeed.

“Our goals are simple, make the play-offs and then see how far we can go. For players to develop as people and players both on and off the court and guys leaving reach their realistic destinations.”

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