Canterbury High School vs City of London Academy

Canterbury High School moved to 2-1 in the EABL with a scrappy 66-55 win over City of London Academy on Wednesday.

Canterbury used an 18-7 third quarter to break open a close game before holding off a late mini rally from CoLA for the win.

Canterbury Head Coach Adam Davies was pleased with how the team gutted out the victory saying, “Scrappy isn’t our identity but today we managed to pull off a win, against a tough team that made the game just that. Im proud of how the team managed to come out in the third quarter and execute at both ends of the floor to turn the game around and back in our favour.”

The first quarter saw Canterbury assert themselves, as Jonathan Fakile and Josh Moore led them to a 20-11 lead. However the second quarter saw CoLA reverse the game’s momentum, with Dylan Darbin’s 13 first half points giving them a 35-34 lead at the halftime break.

After a slow start from both teams to the second half, Canterbury’s defence took over in the third. With Chester Morrell and Sam Alajiki leading their offence, Canterbury held CoLA to 7 points in the quarter as they took a 52-42 lead.

CoLA keep trying to chip away at the lead, getting as close as six in the final quarter, but key baskets from Milo Gordon kept the lead safe as Canterbury secured the double digit win.

Fakile, who returned to action with 12 first half points, like the team’s attitude saying, “The team showed a lot of toughness to come back after we felt like the game had gotten away from us, I’m happy with our performance but still a lot of room to improve.”

Fakile was one of five Canterbury players to score at least 9 points, joined by Morrell (13), Gordon (11), while Moore and Alajiki added nine apiece. Darbin led CoLA with a game high 17 points, while Patrick Lanipekun scored 13 and Jordan Okonji 10.

CoLA Head Coach Sterling Muschett summed up the game saying, “Coming to Canterbury is always tough and they were very well prepared to play against us, especially in the second half. The edge on the glass also went Canterbury who scored a number of second chance points. A deserved win and a painful loss.”

With Canterbury moving to 2-1 and facing a difficult road trip to Itchen (2-1) next week, Davies concluded, “Big things for us moving forward are focusing for 40 minutes and keeping to our style of basketball.” CoLA fall to 2-1 and will try to bounce back against undefeated defending national champions Barking Abbey.

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