Canterbury High School vs Copleston Sixth Form

The Canterbury Academy defeated Copleston High School 83-50 in EABL action Wednesday.

Behind tough defence that limited league leading scorer Johnny Hall to 2 points, and a strong shooting display, Canterbury gradually stretched the lead throughout, winning all four quarters.

“I feel like we executed well and we were able to play our style of basketball,” said Canterbury guard Jonathan Brown. “We were locked in on defence and offence, we now just need to do that more consistently for the full 40 minutes.”

Canterbury started strongly, opening on a 7-2 run behind 5 points from Elliot Bailey. Tunde Oyerinde then took over, scoring 9 points in the opening quarter to stretch the lead to double figures. However, Ben Winter then led a mini comeback for Copleston scoring 5 late points to cut the lead to 21-15 at the end of the first.

The second quarter turned into a grind it out display of basketball with Canterbury’s ball movement stalling against Copleston’s zone, while Canterbury’s denial of Johnny Hall continued to cause problems for Copleston. Late in the quarter, Canterbury finally broke the drought, as Oyerinde, Will Raife and Chester Morrell hit consecutive 3s to give Canterbury a 34-20 lead at the half.

Canterbury’s hot hand continued in the second. Seven different players hit 3s as the lead quickly raced to 20, then 30. Oyerinde, continued his strong play with 12 points in the third, with Bailey adding 8 and Brown 6. Winter continued to lead Copleston with 6 of his own in the quarter, with Canterbury leading 67-36 going into the final quarter.

The final quarter saw the teams largely trade baskets, with Chester Morrell leading Canterbury. Both team’s bench’s saw increased playing time through the quarter, with Canterbury edging it as they picked up the 83-50 win.

“I’ve got to give huge credit to Billy Beddow and Adam Davies for how they put the scout together and to our players for how they executed it today,” Canterbury Head Coach Jesse Sazant commented.

“It was nice to break out of a mini-shooting slump to get back to where we were earlier in the season with ball movement. I also need to compliment Copleston. They played hard throughout and really competed, and Ben Winter gave us problems all game.”

Canterbury were led by Oyerinde with 24 points, including 5 three-pointers. Bailey added 15, Brown 13 and Morrell 11. For Copleston, Winter finished with 19, supported by Barker with 10.

Copestone are next in action with a rare Tuesday game as they host BHASVIC. While Canterbury have a week off for the EABL 3×3 regional qualifying tournaments before they travel to CoLA on 13 December.

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