John Madejski Academy vs BHASVIC
- Updated: March 7, 2017
The John Madejski Academy secured the fourth and final play-off spot in the East Conference on Wednesday afternoon after an 80-58 victory over a spirited BHASVIC side.
Alex Drincic led the home team and all scorers in the game with 24 points personal as his team finished their league campaign with eight wins and six losses.
JMA Head Coach Pedro Garcia Rosado was pleased to see his team win the game and secure a playoff spot for the first time in their academy’s history but was also very complementary of the visiting team. The play-caller said:
“I am really happy to win this game and secure the last playoff spot in our conference. We have been working so hard all year to be better and achieve our goal so I am really happy for the players and proud of what they have done for the John Madejski Academy and Reading Rockets.
“Today’s game was difficult even though BHASVIC were short-handed, and huge credit to them, they always play with a lot of heart and they made our lives difficult today. They must be happy with how they played but ultimately we had too much for them in a game that was obviously crucial to win.
“Now we turn our attention to next week and a huge challenge against Charnwood…but let’s see!”
The first five minutes of the game were relatively even as a short-handed BHASVIC team rallied early on with JMA leading only by two points, 10-8 after the first five minutes of action. But a 9-0 blitz by the home team in the latter stages of the opening period enabled JMA to open up a six point advantage and lead 21-15 after the first ten minutes.
A 13-4 opening to the second period took JMA’s advantage to 15 points at 34-19 and that was to be extended further by an 11-4 run to finish the first half as the home team headed to the locker room leading by 51 points to 27.
Arguably, it was BHASVIC who came out of the half time interval the better team as they stifled JMA’s offence and held the home team to 14 points whilst scoring 15 of their own as the away side scored six points from beyond the arc and the rest from the free throw line with a scoreline of 66-43 in favour of JMA with ten minutes remaining.
The last quarter went the way of the away team too as they grew in confidence and took the game to JMA despite being 20 points down, but the damage had already been done thanks to a workmanlike first half performance as the home team ran out winners by 80 points to 58.
Supporting Alex Drincic’s 24 points for JMA was Jay Carter with 13 and Ibu Jassey Demba with 10.
For BHASVIC, Enoch Quarcoo led them with 16 points, with Aaron King scoring 14 and Naz Abudarraman with 10.
JMA will head to the Midlands next week to take on the West Conference champions Charnwood College in the play-off quarter-finals whilst for BHASVIC the season has come to a close.