Copleston High School 79 – 57 The Canterbury Academy

Copleston secured the 3rd seed in the South Conference of the EABL with a strong team effort against Canterbury.

The home team started the game with a three point blitz, opening up an incredible 13-0 lead behind two three-pointers from Ben Winter and another from Ethan Price. However, the storyline through this game would be that every time Copleston knocked Canterbury back with their size and power, Canterbury would bounce back with their shooting.

The Crusaders were not fazed by Copleston’s hot start, and would drag themselves back to within eight points by the end of the first period.

The second period started with an 8-0 run by the visitors, with big shots from Chester Morrell and Robbie Graham, tying the game up at twenty-four. However, after a time-out from Copleston, the home side were able to put together another scoring run of their own, going on an 18-6 run, with Seb Mobee and James Turner stepping up to make big plays for IBA as they took a 43-30 lead into the interval.

The third quarter saw Copleston slowly begin to edge away from their opponents, with Ethan Price scoring a trio of three-pointers in three minutes to give Copleston a sixteen point advantage going into the game’s final stanza.

The fourth started with Copleston going on an 8-2 run to begin the period, opening the lead up to over twenty and with the hosts doing a much better job of defending the three-point line it effectively ending any further Canterbury fight back. That allowed both teams to offer some valuable EABL playing experience to their benches in the game’s final minutes.

“That was a very efficient performance by the boys. Canterbury are so tough to play against. Really disciplined and well drilled, so to be them by more than twenty is a sign of what a good team we can be,” said Copleston head coach Nick Drane.

“It also means a lot to us to be in a position to have secured the third seed with a game to spare. Last year we felt like we should have made the playoffs, and didn’t. We lost one of the league’s best players in the off-season, his replacement has a season ending injury and Ethan then gets hurt and misses the first eight weeks of the season.

“So to have won nine of our last ten to be in this position is a great achievement, but I think we can still get better.”

Assistant Coach Adam Robinson added: “The boys prepared well for this game. Canterbury are always up for it so we needed to identify the area’s where we could take advantage of them – the most obvious being our size, we had a huge advantage today. Ethan Price, in particular, is really tall.”

Copleston were led by 23 from Ben Winter, helped by 22 from Price and 15 from the much improved Seb Mobee. Robbie Graham led Canterbury with 20, helped by 15 from Chester Morrell.

Copleston complete their regular season schedule next week on the road to Itchen. With the 3rd seed already secured it will be an interesting game for the Suffolk team who face an Itchen side who are still battling for the final playoff position. Canterbury are away to Oaklands.

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