Copleston High School 84 – 66 Oaklands College

Copleston used a strong defensive effort in the third quarter to open up a double figure lead against Oaklands College, to move to 3-3 in the EABL following an 84-66 win.

There was a buzz in the Copleston gym prior to the game with the much anticipated return of Ethan Price to the line-up, and the reigning league MVP showed flashes of his talents throughout the game, finishing with 23 points and twelve rebounds. However, it was a team effort from the Ipswich side that allowed them to move to .500 on the season.

Oaklands came to Ipswich still in search of their first win in this season’s EABL, and for much of the first half they looked to be up for the challenge. Some impressive play in the open court as well as good shooting from long range saw them within a single basket at half time, with IBA holding a 40-38 lead.

The third quarter saw Copleston open things up with an impressive ten minutes of defence, winning the period 25-10, with Price and Ben Winter stepping things up on the offensive end.

The fourth quarter saw Oaklands re-establish some offensive flow, but the damage had been done in the previous period, allowing Copleston to take the 84-66 win.

Copleston were led by 23 points from Price, while Ben Winter flirted with a triple double on his way to nineteen points. Oaklands were led by seventeen points from Nick Powdrell.

“The second half performance was really pleasing. We have been utterly awful defensively through five games so to hold a team in the sixties was a big step for us. Of course, it helps when you have the defensive player of the year back in your line up,” said Copleston coach Nick Drane.

Assistant Coach Adam Robinson added: “It was a fascinating game. Oaklands are a big athletic team, with some real height. They had some tall players, we had some tall players. Having Ethan back was great – he’s our tallest player”.

 

Copleston are on the road next week when they travel to Canterbury while Oaklands have a week off before they travel to USP in search of the first win.

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