JMA 99-96 Canterbury Academy

JMA pulled out a close win at home against a unrelenting Canterbury side, 99-96 on the back of 21 points from Ross Stepney.

A high scoring, fast paced game saw a close first quarter which JMA shaded, 31-26. JMA stretched their lead to 12 points in the second but a 14-5 run for to end the half saw a Canterbury close to within 1 at the break.

In the third, there were multiple lead changes early on until JMA put together a 9-0 run which proved to be the difference in the quarter as it finished 77-67 to the home team. Canterbury continued to play hard throughout but JMA were scoring timely baskets in what looked like running out to a comfortable win. With 4 mins to go JMA held a 17 point lead but Canterbury weren’t finished, they continued to trap and push the pace forcing JMA into several turnovers while almost scoring at will.  A 13-0 run for Canterbury in the final 3 mins was ended by some clutch free throws from JMA’s Michael Perez which sealed victory for the home side in Reading.

JMA’s Alan Keane noted after the game “We were lucky today, the game went back and forth and for spells we were the better team but for stretches Canterbury were better than us. We lacked composure down the stretch and it almost cost us. We have to learn from it and continue to improve but credit to Canterbury today as well they came in played at an intensity we had to match from the outset.”

JMA have a bye week next week before facing Copleston on Dec 11th while Canterbury head to COLA next Wednesday.

Top scorers for JMA were Ross Stepney with 21, Sam Grant had 14 while both Asher Ndah and Victor Gadea chipped in with 11 points each.

Canterbury were led offensively by Chester Morrell who also had 21 points, Jonathan Fakile followed closely with 20 and Will Raife had 19.

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