Allerton High School vs Birmingham Met College

BMET James Watt College dominated Leeds with an 86-33 in both team’s season openers on Wednesday.

The EABL opener would always be a baptism of fire for the Allerton High School based City of Leeds Academy, the program having been rebranded has a lot of new faces; 10 debutants would step on the floor for their inaugural EABL fixture.

Birmingham would boast an impressive starting five with some exceptional talent hailing from eastern Europe as well as home grown talent from the West Midlands who have been nurtured by Coach Nigel Hanson. An impressive new recruit in the shape of Malanga Sonko would be unleash havoc on the boards and on the interior of the Birmingham offence.

The tempo of the game started in a frantic fashion with quick exchanges at pace, as Jake Aldridge and Haben Malcolm Walker the only Allerton players to register scores in the first quarter, which would see Birmingham register a 12 point lead paced by David Stevic.

In the second quarter the West Midlands outfit continued to pile on the pressure forcing the ball out of the Leeds point guards hands and generating turnovers from solid full court pressure, leaving the half time score at 43–16. Daniel Penkov would capitalise with 10 points in this period.

The second half would see Leeds’ shooting percentage remain low but with more balance in possessions. Conversely, the Birmingham team became more and more efficient with transition born of good half-court defence and a strong rebounding game at the defensive end of the court. At this juncture the lead was stretched and both teams used the fourth quarter to give inexperienced or raw talents minutes.

The final score was 86–33 with scoring coming for Birmingham from George Iliev’s 20 points, Penkov’s 17 points, Stevic’s 14 points, and Sonko’s 13.

Aldridge led Allerton with 21 points and Haben Malcolm Warner added 10 points.

Allerton Head Coach Matt Newby commented:

“The EABL continues to be the bench mark for the best youth players in the UK, we are very young this year and will find the 2017-18 a considerable test.

“”he opportunity for the development of this cohort is great and I am excited about the potential they have but realistic enough to know that the adjustment to this level will take a little time.

“Coach Hanson’s teams are always well educated in defence, up-tempo in and gritty and this was definitely the defining factor in todays game.”

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