Canterbury High School vs Oaklands College

Canterbury High School used a dominant first and third quarter to pick up a 87-60 home win in a rescheduled contest against Oaklands College that took place on Thursday 13 December.

Five players hit double figures in a game that saw Canterbury take a 20 point lead in the opening quarter and never look back.

Canterbury Head Coach Adam Davies was pleased with the win, but not the inconsistency they showed, saying, “We were awesome for around 27 minutes of the game today, played smart and out worked them at both ends of the floor. I give the players massive credit for the energy and determination they had to get the win today. We just need to be able to focus and play hard for 40 minutes.”

Canterbury opened the game with a 6-0 run, setting the tone early on. A couple of quick scores from Toby Gastaldi-Davies (who paced Oaklands with nine points in the opening quarter) closed the gap for the visitors. Canterbury then ripped off a 26-7 run, triggered by tough defence and offensive rebounding from Josh Moore, who would score 10 in the quarter. Back to back triples from Chester Morrell also played a crucial part in the run, before Sam Alajiki came off the bench to hammer home two big dunks. The first quarter closed with Canterbury leading 32-12.

The pace and energy flowed out of the game in the second period, as both teams struggled to score or get any rhythm. A quiet quarter saw the teams enter the halftime break with Oaklands trailing 42-25.

The third period saw Canterbury hit their stride once again. Morrell hit the mark from behind the arc three more times, and Will Raife began to assert himself, scoring nine in the quarter. Milo Gordon and Alajiki continued to get to the rim as Canterbury stretched their lead to 71-36 to end the quarter.

The final stanza saw Oaklands continue to battle, led by Ola Olanrele’s 14 second half points. With Abdul Wurie getting to the rim, Oaklands saw their best offensive output as they piled on 24 points in the final ten minutes. Raife and Gordon again led the scoring effort for Canterbury in the final quarter, as the game wrapped up 87-60.

Morrell had 18 points to lead five players who hit double figures for Canterbury, as he was joined by Raife (17), Moore (16), Alajiki (13) and Gordon (11). Olanrele led all scores with a game-high 19 points, while Wurie added 14 and Gastaldi-Davies chipped in with 10.

Moore echoed Coach Davies’ sentiments as he summed up the game, saying, “As a team we executed well both offensively and defensively but we still need to work on consistency and sustaining effort throughout all four quarters.”

Canterbury moves to 6-3, exactly through their EABL Southern Conference schedule, and they will host SEEVIC College on Wednesday 19 December to close out 2018. Oaklands will continue to search for their first win when they travel to Alec Reed Academy, also taking place next Wednesday.

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