Itchen College 68 – 77 City of London Academy

Itchen College returned home after two road games before the half term break to take on City of London Academy on Wednesday afternoon. CoLA came in off the back of a victory over Oaklands College whilst Itchen were looking for their first win of the regular season after a difficult start.

The visitors started the better of the two sides as they raced out to a 4-15 advantage after Damilare Adedeji and Oscar Leigh-Hales provided the offensive spark early. Itchen however would use a 12-2 run to close the quarter which tied the ball game at 17 after one with Josh Sissons and Tyreese Hudson combining for 11 of the host’s points.

It was a defensive battle for long spells of the second quarter with neither side letting up any easy scores, to keep it a low scoring affair at the half with the visitors in front narrowly at 26-29.

That would not be the case in the third as both sides found their rhythm offensively and opened the half with an exchange of 3 pointers, through Taiga Forster for the hosts and Kavell Hawes for CoLA. Hawes would go on to score 13 points personal in the period and help swing the score line in his side’s favour as he connected on a trio of three pointers. After shaking off first half foul trouble former CoLA guard Hadrian Basilio would keep the score board ticking for Itchen but it was the Londoners who would be in front heading into the 4th, 46-61.

CoLA got up 18 early in the final period as Hawes hit another one from beyond the arc, however a 16-4 run, powered by 8 Basilio points, brought Itchen to within just 6 with 3 minutes 40 seconds to play. CoLA weathered the run with a trip to the line, but when Steve Nwagwu went coast to coast Itchen would only be down, 68-72 with 46 seconds remaining.

An empty possession for CoLA resulted in a trip to the free throw line for Itchen forward Daniel Fawell-Molloy who went 0-2 at the line and gave the visitors the opportunity to oblige at the other end, which they did to extend the gap to 6. Forster missed a three pointer late and Hawes converted on a lay-up to secure the win for CoLA.

Itchen were led by Hadrian Basilio’s 15 points, whilst Josh Sissons and Tyreese Hudson added 9 a piece. Kavell Hawes had 24 to lead CoLA with Damilare Adedeji and Andre Parker chipping in 18 and 10 respectively.

Itchen Assistant Coach Jack O’Keeffe said: “Credit to Junior and his CoLA side they were better than us today and their performance deserved the win. Our offensive execution in the first half prevented us from being able to control the ball game, as I thought we did some good things defensively only allowing 29 points. We showed a lot of fight to get ourselves back in it down the stretch but ultimately lapses late costs us and we will need to limit these moving forwards if we are to have success.”

Itchen hit the road next week to take on Oaklands College whilst CoLA travel to BHASVIC.

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