Itchen College vs Canterbury High School

Itchen College were able to pull away late to secure a 76-67 win against Canterbury at home on Wednesday afternoon.

As expected this matchup was competitive right from the tip with both teams scouting well, which impacted on the offensive rhythm. A 7-0 run in the middle of the first quarter would open up a lead for the home side, but Canterbury would respond. Jonathan Phillipson would finish the opening quarter with back-to-back triples, giving Itchen a seven point lead heading into the second quarter.

The home side would increase their lead to 10 at the start of the second, before a 7-0 Canterbury run off the back of strong play from Josh Moore and Nathan Isibor would force Itchen Coach Matt Guymon into a timeout. Out of the huddle, the Southampton-based academy were able to respond with a 9-0 run of their own behind the play of Matt Hughes and Jeremy Sochan. The two sides would trade scores for the remainder of the half to see Itchen maintain a narrow seven point lead at 39-32.

The third quarter saw a change in momentum to the game, as an early three-pointer from Chester Morrell the visitors sparked their charge, which would see them shoot the ball with improved confidence from the perimeter. Canterbury would take the lead midway through the quarter before a late rally from Itchen gave them a single point lead going into the final stanza.

The start of the fourth would see both teams exchanging scores, with multiple lead changes. With seven minutes to play Itchen would go on a 10-0 run, sparked by a big tripe from Rhys Sundimalt, that would give them the lead they would not give up as they pulled away to a 76-67 win.

Coach Guymon said, “I’m proud of how our guys locked into key personnel for Canterbury and stuck together late in the game at both ends of the floor. Canterbury presented us with a number of match-up problems and made good adjustments throughout the game. It was a tough grind to pull this game out.”

He then added, “It’s still early days for our new group, and we need to continue to build on our team chemistry and offensive execution.”

Matt Hughes paced Itchen with 30, supported by nine points apiece from Jeremy Sochan and Rhys Sundimalt. Meanwhile, Sam Alajiki led the visitors with 13 points , as Chester Morrell added 10 and Milo Gordon supported with nine.

After the half-term break, Itchen will travel to City of London Academy, while Canterbury host Alec Reed Academy.

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