City of London Academy vs Copleston Sixth Form

CoLA hosted Copleston in their first home game of the season in a packed house at City of London Academy with what turned out to be a close game won by the South Londoners, 57-53.

CoLA were led by Patrick Lanipekun’s 16 points, as Copleston were led by Johnny Hall with 18 points.

“Copleston made it hard for us to get into any sort of flow or rhythm and with such a young team it led us to at times get rattled and play frustrated,” said CoLA Head Coach Sterling Muschett.

“The intensity of EABL games are something that all players have to be ready for with every possession being very competitive. I am extremely excited by the team that we have and patience will be a huge key this season.”

The CoLA boys started the game tense but quickly settled and were lifted by their crowd going on a quick 8 – 0. After a timeout, Copleston went on a run of their own and had CoLA down by 6 at the end of the first.

The versatility and hot shooting of newcomers Patrick Lanipekun and Taiga Forster in the second quarter excited the crowd and seemed to energise their team, with CoLA holding their opponents to single digits and doubling their score to go in at the half up by 2.

The third quarter was a very close affair with Copleston edging it out behind Jonny Hall whose presence bothered CoLA all afternoon.

Going into the final quarter, it seemed like it was still anybody’s game but the South Londoners edged it with strong contributions on the glass and in the paint in spurts from Peter Turay, Jordan Okonji and Samuel Keita, leading CoLA to a 4 point victory 57 – 53.

Both teams have the luxury of 9 days off to rest and then CoLA make the short drive up to Oaklands College, while Copleston have another tough test at home welcoming last years semi-finalists, Itchen College.

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