Copleston High School 86 – 56 City of London Academy

Copleston made it seven straight wins with a dominant performance against City of London Academy, moving to 9-3 in the EABL South Conference, good for 2nd place in the division.

The Ipswich team needed to not only win the game, but win by fifteen or more points to ensure the head-to-head advantage, as the race for playoff seeding heats up.

Ethan Price was again in a dominant mood for the hosts, the 6’10 forward recording an eye-popping stat line of thirty one points, eighteen rebounds and nine blocks. But again it was Copleston’s vastly improved team defence that was the catalyst for such an impressive win – holding their opponents under sixty points once again.

The first quarter was the games most competitive, with the lead exchanging hands, both teams making key plays. However, from the second quarter onwards, Copleston took their game to the next level and over-powered their opponents. By half time the lead was 49-28, and Copleston again extended their lead in the third, behind some excellent play from not only Ben Winter and Jacob Morgan, but Seb Mobee, Harry Gent and Ahmeed Yusoof. IBA took a 75-43 lead into the games final period.

The fourth quarter saw both coaches hand extended playing time to their bench, allowing less experienced players some valuable EABL experience. CoLA would win the period 11-13 to make the final score Copleston 86-CoLA 56.

Price’s impressive numbers were supported by seventeen points apiece from Jacob Morgan and Ben Winter. CoLA were led by thirteen from Tobiu Lawal and 11 from Will White.

“Defensively I thought we were excellent again today, we have completely transformed this since the start of the season, when we were leaking basketball from all over the court. CoLA are a strong team in this league so to get the win, as well as the head-to-head was great for us” said Copleston coach Nick Drane.

Assistant Coach Adam Robinson added “Another good win. Now we prepare for Barking Abbey, which is the biggest test of the season. They are loaded with talent such as Veron Eze, Sam Alajiki and of course Theo Hughes, who is even taller than Ethan Price”.

Copleston travel to Barking next week while CoLA are on the road to Oaklands.

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