John Madejski Academy vs Oaklands College

Oaklands College bounced back from their opening day defeat to Barking Abbey on Wednesday afternoon as they beat John Madejski Academy in a thrilling encounter, eventually running out winners by 67 points to 65 behind Wesley Moore’s game high 24 points.

JMA Head Coach Alan Keane, who was coaching for the first time in the EABL, was very objective about his teams performance in speaking after today’s loss. He said:

“Today showed us exactly the time of year and where we are in the season. Execution and timing needs to be better on both ends and will be with time. However the effort, energy and intent is not in question so the foundation is strong moving forward.”

The contest was relatively even throughout, but it was Oaklands who took command early on with a 14-7 lead midway through the opening quarter before JMA pegged the away side back and finished the first ten minutes with a 7-0 run to lead 18-17 going into the second period.

This turned out to be Oaklands’ best part of the game as two 8-0 runs helped the visitors to a 37-31 half time advantage, mainly thanks to the games top scorer Wesley Moore scoring 15 points.

JMA found themselves down by as many as nine midway through the third quarter but managed to close the gap to four at the end of the period thanks to some good inside play by the hosts. And it was JMA that carried that momentum forward into the final quarter as they tied the game at 54 with six minutes remaining.

An 8-2 run by Oaklands with three minutes to go looked to have sealed the win but five straight points from JMA tied the game up once again before Moore scored his 24th point.

With 90 seconds remaining, JMA’s Matthew Armstrong made a huge three to put the hosts up by one before an end of shot clock three from Abdulraham Wurie ensured the hosts would go into the final possessions up by 2. And that’s the way it remained after the final minute as Oaklands earned themselves a valuable away win.

JMA’s scoring was relatively balanced with Asher Ndah leading the hosts with 12, supported by Matthew Armstrong and Alex Drincic who had 11 a piece.

For the victors, George Tchuako and Finley D’Aviliar Campbell chipped in with seven points a piece to support Wesley Moore’s 24.

Both teams move to 1-1 with JMA travelling to the south coast next Wednesday to take on BHASVIC, whilst Oaklands host City of London Academy.

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