John Madejski Academy vs Canterbury High School

John Madejski Academy recorded an impressive but hard fought win on Wednesday afternoon as they overcame a spirited Canterbury High School team 68-60 in Reading.

Point Guard Iñigo Perez Baena led the home team with 17 points personal, 16 of which came in the first half.

JMA Acting Head Coach Ben Fisher was very pleased to see his team come out of the game with an improved performance and tough win but knows this is just another step for the group and a lot of hard work remains. He said:

“Today’s performance was certainly another step forward for the team and I am really pleased because we have been able to do this each time we have competed and improve our performance and togetherness as a group.

“We showed some real resilience throughout different parts of the game and in the middle part of the fourth quarter played some really good basketball. I am very pleased for the players and we will keep working hard to be better each time we are together starting from tomorrow.”

It was the visiting team that started on the front foot with a 4-0 opening minute but JMA quickly grew into the game with an 8-0 run of their own midway through the opening exchanges enabling the home side to hold a 19-13 advantage after the first ten minutes.

At the beginning of the second quarter, the hosts extended their lead to nine points at 24-15 only for the visitors to trim their deficit to three points midway through the quarter. JMA then went on a 10-2 run to put themselves back in control at 34-25 only for Canterbury Head Coach Jesse Sazant to call time out and see an immediate response from his team as they finished the first half with a 9-0 tear to leave them within two at the break, 34-32.

JMA opened the third quarter up with a quick 7-0 run to lead once again by nine 41-32, but another 9-0 run by the visitors ensured a tied game at 41 with three minutes remaining in the period. It was the away team who would finish the stronger as they put in another 9-0 run to lead the game going into the final ten minutes by 49 points to 46.

The beginning of the fourth quarter remained a very close affair as JMA tied the game at 53 with 6 minutes remaining only for a 15-4 run to break the game open with two minutes to go as the hosts led by 8, 65-57, a lead they wouldn’t then relinquish as they closed out the game and secured a 68-60 victory.

Adrian Nosa Castillo and Alex Drincic had 14 a piece for JMA in support of Perez Baena’s 17 and Matthew Armstrong chipped in with 10.

For Canterbury, Jonathan Brown led all scorers in the game with 21 points personal with Milo Gordon scoring 13 and Tunde Oyerinde with 10.

JMA are back in action after half term when they face the tough trip to Barking Abbey on Wednesday 8th November, whilst Canterbury High are on the road again as they travel to Oaklands College on the same day.

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