Allerton City of Leeds vs Derby College/Noel Baker School

The EABL continues to be a significant challenge for City of Leeds Academy based at Allerton High School, as Derby came away with a 119-51 victory.

Matt Shaw’s well prepared Derby would approach the game with signature pressure and zone defence as they earned their first win of the competition, behind a 41 point outburst from Leighton Elliott-Sewell and an efficient 23 points from Myles Alexander and 13 points from Tyler Mutemasango

The fixture was held at the LBU Arena and proved to be challenging for Coach Matt Newby’s young charges, having graduated his senior class, who in 2016-17 went to the BE National Cup Final and in 2017-18 the U18’s Jnr NBL Playoff Final, he has a new crop of underclassmen all entering their first year of post 16 academics and EABL action and fielding only 3 returners.

This he understands will be year of development and consolidation stating, “Our young cohort are learning valuable lessons as we try to swim with the bigger programs in our conference, there is a great deal of pedigree throughout the league and this is why we are here in the EABL, the challenge is to first and foremost become competitive with our young and able cohort. My feeling is that 2018- 19 and 2019 – 20 will see a completely different animal on the floor but we need to make adjustments now and embrace the lessons that are dealt out.”

The Derby team came out of the blocks with relentless pressure and a well organised Zone, generating turnovers very much like Charnwood the previous week. The Allerton guards where physically outmatched and needed to show much more composure.

At the first quarter break the midlands side were 32-15 up and producing numerous highlights in transition. The half time break would see a 62-31 split with an impressive display from Leighton Elliott-Sewell who would dominate the open court and offensive glass.

The Leeds side failed to address key weaknesses in breaking the pressure and the game would end 119 – 51.

Leeds would see Malcolm Warner register 11, Resendez chip in with 10 and a bolder performance from Halliday 10 points.

Allerton Coach Matt Newby only had praise for the Derby outfit stating:

“Matt Shaw continues to develop well rounded and skilled players and has proven formula in terms output on the floor, we need to make sure that we learn from today’s result and improve.”

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