City of London Academy vs Oaklands College

CoLA stopped their 2 game skid with an emphatic 100-40 home victory against a competitive Oaklands team, fresh off of an impressive come back win last week.

The first quarter belonged to CoLA, jumping out to an early 9-2 lead behind 5 quick points from Kaleb Woldeyes and then going on a 1 -0 run, ending the first quarter 26-5.

The second quarter saw Oaklands alter their defence, capitalising on the mistakes from CoLA and getting easy scores. After a quick re-group and improved ball movement, the CoLA offence settled and hit 4 from deep behind Taiga Forster and Hadrian Bassillio. The South East London outfit had another quarter of scoring over 20 points, going into the half with a 30 point lead 49-19.

The third quarter had an air of complacency with the City of London team trading baskets with their Heartfordshire rivals whilst still holding a substantial lead.

“Sometimes a huge margin can lead to sloppy execution and lapses in concentration,” said City of London Academy Head Coach Sterling Muschett.

“We were playing and forgetting what gave us a big lead. Oaklands have shown that they can score in bunches and hold teams to single digits all in one quarter.”

The final quarter saw CoLA have runs of 7, 12 and 7 points unanswered behind the defensive presence of Jordan Okonji and James Hamilton who seemed to block or rebound everything in sight. Scoring 30 points for the quarter, CoLA doubled their half time margin winning 100 40.

CoLA were led by Patrick Lanipekun with 17 points and Taiga Forster with 16. Oaklands Jordan George led his team with 17.

Coach Muschett said at the end of the contest: “Oaklands are always a tough and competitive opponent, the margin of victory is very flattering. We always start games well and then tend to become complacent however the boys did their best not to let that creep in.

“They were all hungry to score, with that only happening if we were solid and locked in on the defensive end. We did a pretty decent job of that. It was pleasing that everyone got on the score sheet.”

CoLA are on the road next week heading down to the South Coast to face BHASVIC with Oaklands hosting Itchen in Hertfordshire

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