John Madejski Academy vs Canterbury High School

John Madejski Academy put in an excellent third quarter display on Wednesday afternoon to wrap up a 96-65 victory over Canterbury High School behind David Chive’s 21 points.

JMA Coach Alan Keane was pleased to see his team compete for longer periods of the game but knows his side need to work on being consistent. Keane said, “Today we showed glimpses of how we can play but we just need to be able to do it for longer stretches to be more consistent. I was very pleased with our commitment to the defensive end of the floor which facilitated the pace of the game which was positive and now the challenge for us will be to not go below the bar we have set.”

The opening exchanges saw a cagey start to the game with only six points being scored in the first five minutes of the contest, as JMA led 4-2. Canterbury looked to seize control and were 8-7 to the good with three minutes left in the first quarter – only for JMA to finish with a 9-3 run and lead 17-10 after the opening period.

Canterbury did their best to stem the flow in the second quarter and trimmed the deficit to six midway through the period with JMA leading 28-22. The home side then went on a 12-6 run before entering the locker room to hold a 40-31 advantage at the break.

Both teams came out for the second half determined to get a grip on the game, and with five minutes remaining in the third quarter the contest was still finely poised at 48-40 to JMA. However, a 19-4 run by the hosts blew the game open as they finished the stanza 67-44 to the good and in control.

The hosts then increased their lead to 85-56 halfway through the final quarter, pouring in 29 fourth quarter points to close out a well deserved 96-65 victory.

Supporting David Chive for JMA was Adrian Nosa Castillo with 19 and Sam Grant with 18, whilst Asher Ndah chipped in 14 and Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo added 13. Milo Gordon led the Canterbury attack with 21 points, while Josh Moore added 15 and Jonathan Fakile finished with nine.

JMA are back in action on Wednesday 5 December when they host City of London Academy, whilst Canterbury will play host to BHASVIC on the same day.

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