Canterbury High School vs Alec Reed Academy

Canterbury High School used a big third quarter to pick up a 91-71 win over Alec Reed in the EABL Southern Conference on Wednesday afternoon.

A balanced offensive attack saw five players score in double figures for Canterbury. Combining this with a solid defensive performance, Canterbury were able to win all four quarters as they pulled away for a 20 point victory.

Chester Morrell, who led Canterbury with 26 points, was understandably pleased with the performance, “We came out from the beginning, playing with high energy and grit; keeping this up throughout the match. We made great stops on defence and hit some tough shots on offence to pull away towards the end.”

The game started off as a back-and-forth affair, with the teams trading runs. Rio Murray hit back to back three-pointers on his way to 10 points in the opening period for Alec Reed. Josh Moore steadied the ship for Canterbury, with his eight first quarter points helping Canterbury to a 21-16 lead at the end of the first.

The second quarter saw Robbie Graham hit back to back triples to stretch Canterbury’s lead. However, Mo Adan then took over for Alec Reed, scoring in both transition and in the half-court to level the score. Canterbury were able to make a late run, with Morrell scoring on a series of drives as they took a 39-32 lead into the break.

The third quarter was when Canterbury made their game-winning run. With Alec Reed sticking with their zone defence, Canterbury racked up six three-pointers in the quarter, with Will Raife and Morrell hitting two apiece. Despite Murray’s best attempts to keep them in the game, Canterbury’s lead had stretched to 19 points; the hosts up 67-48 entering the final stanza.

Murray continued to hurt Canterbury in the fourth but they were never able to cut the lead below 12. Milo Gordon got to the rim repeatedly and each time Alec Reed threatened to make a run, Canterbury would come up with a key score and a stop; holding on for a comfortable 20 point win.

Canterbury Coach Adam Davies praised his players after the game, saying, “We knew it was going to be a tough game and that we would have to focus for 40 minutes. We were consistent with our energy and didn’t let them gain any momentum. We led with our defence and that allowed us to get stops which we were then able to convert into good offence. We now need to keep getting better in practice and be ready for our next opponents.”

Joining Morrell in double figures were Gordon with 18, Moore (14), Raife (13) and Graham (11). Murray finished with a game-high 29 points to pace Alec Reed, while Elias Poorman added 16 and Adan chipped in 15.

Alec Reed will try and snap their two-game losing streak when they host undefeated defending champions Barking Abbey next week, while Canterbury will look for their third straight win when they travel to John Madejski Academy.

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