Oaklands College 84 – 79 BHASVIC

Oaklands College hosted BHASVIC on Thursday afternoon only 24 hours after securing the away win in the return fixture. It was Oaklands who came out on top once more with a 84-79 victory.

The road side opened the game the strongest as they looked to overturn the result from the previous day. A 6-0 start by the visitors led by captain Josh Last who went on to score 12 of his sides 21 first quarter points. Oaklands countered and shared the scoring load hitting four 3s in the period to hold a narrow 23-21 margin at the break.

At the start of the second period Oaklands continued to build their lead and their defense looked up to the task of limiting the Brighton side, an 8-0 run put the home side out in front. However, the travelling team have been competitive in all EABL games since the turn of the year and this was no different. Some strong inside finishing from Finn Sweeting-Young opened up the perimeter and three triples later it was back to a 5 point deficit for the visitors with the score at 41-36 going into the half.

Brighton’s leading scorer on the season, Lewis Jee, set the tone for the comeback hitting three unanswered 3s to open the half. The sides exchanged the lead in a back and forth period which included a combined 10 triples and a flurry of transition scoring. BHASVIC had swung the game on its head and held a 5 point lead into the final period, 59-64.

Oaklands have ended the season with a winning mentality and that carried them through the final period. However it took until the 8th minute to gain the lead of a determined traveling side. Tom Wilmore and Nick Powdrell’s sharp shooting created a foundation for the home side throughout the game and it was the long shot that proved the difference with Oaklands making 5 triples to ice the game and win 84-79.

Head Coach Lee Ryan said after “these have been two really competitive games, the guys wanted to finish the season on a high and they have. There is a lot of potential in this group, this season has been all about learning how to be consistent. It has taken time to get here but I believe we have a really strong foundation for next seasons EABL.”

Oaklands were led by Tom Wilmore’s 15 (from five 3s), with Toby Gastaldi-Davies netting 13 and Nick Powdrell adding 12 BHASVIC were led by their two-way punch of Lewis Jee and Josh Last who finished with 18 points a piece, closely followed by Finn Sweeting-Young with 15

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