Itchen College vs Bournville College

Itchen College moved into the EABL Final Four with a 68-47 win over a resilient Bournville side on Wednesday.

Adam Riabi would score 10 of his game high 22 points in the opening quarter as Itchen would lead by 12 points going into the second period.

A tactical adjustment from Bournville would see the visitors claw their way back into the game after slowing Itchen’s offensive rhythm which lead to a timeout with 5:15 left to play. A Rael Williams 3 pointer was able to break the scoring drought to allow Itchen to go into the half time break with a 35-30 half time lead.

The third quarter would open with both teams trading baskets with Itchen maintaining a 7 point lead until a late 10-0 run with 2:15 left in the quarter would see Itchen go into the break winning 53-36.

Bournville would turn up the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter forcing a number of Itchen turnovers, but were unable to convert, especially from the free-throw line, where they would shoot 2-14 for the game.

Itchen were able to regain some composure late able to break the Bournville press and move out to a 21 point lead to finish the contest.

“I was very proud of our guys focus and toughness today playing against a gritty Bournville team,” Itchen Head Coach Matt Guymon said.

“A game like this earlier in the season would have seen us lose composure, so its great to see how far we have come.

“Keanen Williams and David Stevic are two of the best guards in the country and we focused in our scout on ways to limit them. To hold them to a combined 7 points, shows how locked in the guys were today and hopefully we can replicate that moving forwards.”

Rael Williams added 12 points for Itchen, whilst Aaron Berida had 7.

Meris Mazalovic and Xavier McIntosh led Bournville with 12 each, with Nathan Ramsdale-Owen adding 7.

Itchen advance to take on Charnwood in the semi-finals next week.

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