Copleston High School v Alec Reed Academy

Copleston 97 Alec Reed 91

 

Copleston and Alec Reed rounded off their EABL season in an entertaining game in Ipswich, that the Suffolk side eventually won after fighting back from a thirteen-point deficit.

 With both teams narrowly missing out of the EABL ‘Elite 8’ Playoffs, this game was essentially to establish the 5th/6th place finishes in the Southern Conference.

 The first quarter saw Alec Reed open up a ten-point lead, connecting on five triples to take a 29-19 advantage after the first quarter, but Copleston used the second quarter to gain some significant momentum before the half time buzzer with bench players Danny Manning and Emmanuel Onwuke both stepping up to make key plays. Although the London outfit still held a six-point advantage, Copleston looked to have found a new gear going into the second half. 

 The third quarter was all about Copleston’s first year guard Jacob Morgan. The 6’0 combo guard, connected on four three-pointers on his way to a fantastic eighteen points in the period, to give Copleston a slender lead going into the game’s final quarter.

 The final quarter saw the lead change hands three times, with Ben Winter eventually seizing control for Copleston. The guard was in fine form attacking the rim, shooting from the perimeter and feeding his teammates. Veron Eze, continued his recent form with a number of athletic moves to the basket and Ethan Price had his usual impact on the game as Copleston eventually closed the game out 97-91 in front of a large, noisy crowd at the Copleston Centre.

 “I thought today was a fitting way to finish the season. Everyone played their part, Ben, Ethan and Veron led from the front and Jacob Morgan showed why he is now a legit, high level player at this level – on the first game of the season, he played a couple of minutes and looked like a rabbit in the headlights, today he scored thirty-one points in the EABL against quality opposition” Said Copleston Coach Nick Drane. Assistant Coach Adam Robinson added “It’s been a great season for the players and staff, everyone has learned so much and come so far. We’ve had great leadership all season from the three – Ethan Price is so tall”.

 Copleston finish the season with a 10-8 record, with almost the whole team returning next season. Alec Reed finish 9-9, good for 6th place in the EABL.

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