City of London Academy vs Canterbury High School

CoLA welcomed Canterbury to South East London for a clash with two teams vying for second spot in the Eastern Conference of the EABL and secured an 86-54 victory on Wednesday afternoon.

Canterbury, who defeated CoLA in the opening game of the season down in Kent with a strong display, started the game in much the same way, speeding CoLA up on defence whilst denying any inside looks to take an 8-4 lead after four minutes.

The introduction of Louis Norton sparked change in the home side as Norton knocked down three triples back-to-back-to-back to help the South East London side to a 28-8 lead after the first quarter.

The second quarter began with more of the same from CoLA with Taiga Forster adding to the long range shooting to give CoLA a 23-point lead, however, triples from Chester Morrell and two from Tunde Oyerinde allowed the visitors to cut the lead down to 16 going into half time.

The second half was highlighted by a excellent coming out party for Forster who netted six more triples to keep CoLA in front the rest of the way.

Interim CoLA Head Coach Jackson Gibbons said:

“Credit to Canterbury, they are a tough cover and today it honestly felt we got hot at the right times, they are a well coached team whom we fully expect to be near the top of the conference come playoff time.

“Saying that, I was very pleased with how the boys approached the game, we worked a lot on spacing, timing and movement, it seemed to pay off with some good looks. I was most proud of how they dug in on defence and rebounded well. It’s one win and we’ll move on to focus on the next game in the New Year.”

Canterbury Head Coach Jesse Sazant said:

“Huge credit to CoLA, they shot really well and really took it to us. It’s always a tough place to play. We now need to regroup and move on.”

CoLA were led in scoring by Forster with 21 points and backed up by a strong 17 from Peter Turay. Canterbury were paced by Jonathan Brown with 17 points and Oyerinde with 11 points personal.

CoLA now turn their attention to JMA on the road on January 10th whilst Canterbury face the defending National Champions Barking Abbey next Wednesday.

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