Canterbury High School vs Itchen College

Canterbury High School started 2018 with a hard fought 81-76 win over Itchen College on Wednesday.

Canterbury turned around a 13-point first half deficit to take the lead by 16 early in the fourth quarter. However, Itchen chipped away, getting to within 3 points before Canterbury iced the game from the foul line.

“This was a really tough one for us today,” Canterbury Head Coach Jesse Sazant said.

“Itchen are always so well coached and gave us some real problems today. I’m proud of the way the guys fought through illness and adversity to grind out the win.”

Itchen controlled the start of the game, forcing Canterbury into an early timeout. It did nothing to change the momentum, as Matt Hughes scored 11 first quarter points, guiding Itchen to a 22-16 lead.

The second quarter started the same way, as back to back three-pointers from Lewis Gale and Ryan Bain stretched Itchen’s lead to 30-19. However, Jonathan Brown and Tunde Oyerinde began to impose themselves getting to the rim and scoring in transition as Canterbury went on a 22-6 run to close the half. This gave Canterbury a 41-36 lead the half, with Brown and Oyerinde each scoring 14 points in the opening 20 minutes.

Canterbury’s momentum continued in the third. After Itchen switched to a zone, Oyerinde hit back to back three-pointers, as part of his 10 points in the quarter. Canterbury also tightened up on defence, holding Itchen to 12 points for the quarter, stretching the lead to 60-48.

After only scoring 8 points in the opening three quarters, Itchen point guard Aaron Berida came alive in the fourth. With Berida and Hughes scoring consistently, Itchen started to chip into the lead.

As Itchen got closer and closer, Brown led Canterbury’s resistance, supported by Chester Morrell and Will Raife scoring key baskets. In the final minute, missed free throws allowed Itchen to continue to close the gap.

A basket by Hughes with 10 seconds left, cut the lead to three making it a one possession game. Morrell was able to knock down two free throws though before a desperation three-pointer from Itchen failed to connect.

Hughes scored 12 in the fourth, on his way to 25 points, while Berida’s 9 in the fourth gave him 17 for the game. Lewis Gale (12) and Ashley Briggs (10) also hit double figures for Itchen.

Oyerinde and Brown were the only players in double figures for Canterbury with 26 and 24 respectively, while Morell finished with 9.

Canterbury are now 6-3 and travel to league leaders Barking Abbey next week. Itchen fall to 4-4 and will host Copleston next week.

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