Itchen College vs Canterbury High School

Itchen College suffered a 70-66 defeat at the hands of Canterbury High School in their EABL season home opener on Wednesday afternoon.

With Itchen leading the majority of the fourth quarter, Jonathan Brown came up clutch to tie the game at 63 in the final two minutes, before Elliot Bailey would give the visitors the lead which they would hold on to until the final buzzer.

Elliot Bailey led the visitors with 15 points, ably backed up by 13 from Jonathan Brown as the only other player in double figures for the victors.

“I was very proud of our team’s effort and attitude through the game, especially how we responded to Canterbury’s large run,” Itchen Head Coach Matt Guymon commented.

“Ultimately we have to get back to work to improve in key areas defensively and also our ball movement/offensive execution.”

Canterbury stormed out to a 7-0 lead with early threes from Jonathan Brown and Elliot Bailey but Itchen were able to reduce the deficit in the early part of the quarter with a 9-0 run in response.

Itchen were able to take a 19-14 lead into the last 3 minutes of the period before a final response from Canterbury, as the home side took a 21-20 lead in the first quarter break.

Itchen were able to control the early parts of the second quarter leading 30-24 after strong play from Rhys Bain scoring his first 5 points of the game during this spell. Five minutes left in the quarter and Canterbury regrouped and went on a 20-0 run that would open up a 15 point lead for the visitors, behind 9 points from Elliot Bailey, despite a 5-0 run from Itchen they would go into the half down 35-45.

Itchen were able to regain control of the game in the early exchanges of the third quarter taking the lead 49-47 at the 6 minute mark after a strong defensive display holding the visitors to just 7 points in the quarter where they would take a 53-52 lead into the final period, setting up a dramatic finish.

Aaron Berida and Genay Zorro led Itchen with 12 each, whilst Matt Hughes added 10.

Itchen go away to Copleston next week and Canterbury host Barking Abbey.

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