Itchen College vs City of London Academy

Itchen College were able to use a second half run to pull away to a 90-64 against CoLA.

It was a slow start offensively as both teams set the tone on the defensive end. A flurry of scores from T.Garrod, saw CoLA take a 6 point lead going into the quarter break. After being held to only 9 points in the first quarter, Itchen jumped out of the blocks to start the 2nd going on a 10-0 run, forcing Coach Muschett to call a timeout. CoLA responded well out of the timeout, going on 5-0 run of their own to take a 20-19 lead at the mid point of the 2nd quarter. Matt Hughes scored 8 of his game high 26 points as he sparked another 10-0 run for Itchen giving the home side their first meaningful lead of the game. Louis Norton, responded in timely fashion scoring 5 of his team high 16 points to keep the visitors within touching distance  going into the half 33-29.

Out of the half time break, Itchen were able to extend their lead behind a balanced scoring attack from their starting 5. The lead would extend to 12 after a Matt Hughes 3, but CoLA were not done yet as Taiga Forster and Pat Lanipekun led a 7-0 run, forcing an Itchen timeout. After the timeout the teams would exchange blows with a late spark from Itchen’s Jonny Phillipson, to restore a double-digit lead to close out the 3rd quarter. An emphatic Peter Turay dunk would open the 4th and after a minute of trading scores, Itchen would blow open the game taking an 18 point lead. Louis Norton and James Hamilton kept the pressure on the home team but it wouldn’t be enough as Itchen ran out winners 90-64.

“I’m proud of how our guys responded after the first quarter, showing composure and also an improved defensive focus to limit a talented CoLA team.”

Itchen’s top scorers were Matt Hughes 26, Peter Turay 17 and Jeremy Sochan 12. CoLA were led by Louis Norton 16, Taiga Forster 9 and Jordan Okonji 9.

Itchen travels to Barking next week, while CoLA host Alec Reed.


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