Itchen College vs SEEVIC College

Itchen welcomed EABL newcomers, SEEVIC, to the South coast on Wednesday afternoon for the 2nd meeting between the sides this season. The hosts would lead from the opening tip until the final buzzer, after controlling large spells of the match up to run out 106-51 winners.

The game started at a high tempo with both teams executing quick hitting actions to get on the scoreboard early, through Matt Hughes and Zayaam Ali respectively. However, a 14-0 run through the 6-minute mark of the quarter ballooned the Itchen lead to 22-8. Rhys Sundimalt would catch fire in the 1stpouring in 20 points including 4 out of 5 triples. The visitors did continue to find ways to score as they moved the ball in the half court creating a number of looks off the bounce, but it was the Itchen bench that continued to build the lead leaving them up 39-14 after one. 

 The 2ndquarter was a much more balanced affair with SEEVIC point guard Ali able to find his scoring rhythm as he had 7 in the quarter. Steve Nwagwu came off the bench for Itchen as he also found his rhythm and kept the scoreboard ticking for the home side. A 10-4 run to close the half meant Itchen had now increased the deficit to 31, 60-29. 

 In the early goings of the 2ndhalf the pace of the contest slowed up somewhat as both teams traded baskets giving up easy scores inside. After an Itchen timeout, the hosts came out with a renewed focus and exploded for a 15-0 run further extended the deficit now up, 83-35. The visitors would continue to show fight and weather the large run from the hosts however would still find themselves down 89-39 at the end of the 3rd.

Both teams were able to give extended minutes to their second units in large part of the 4th, Itchen would run out 106-51 winners.

 Itchen were led by Rhys Sundimalt’s 24 points whilst Jeremy Sochan had 18 and Matt Hughes added 12. SEEVIC’s point guard Zayaam Ali had 16 points for the visitors as the only player in double figures. 

Matt Guymon, Itchen Head Coach commented; “It was really good for us to get a number of contributions from all 12 guys in a very balanced team effort. I thought the focus from our guys was consistent for the most part through-out the game, we now need to build on this performance with a tough run of fixtures ahead.”

 Itchen will now travel to Canterbury next Wednedsday as the playoff race begins to intesify whilst SEEVIC play host to Alec Reed Academy. 

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