Oaklands College vs Canterbury High School
- Updated: March 7, 2017
Canterbury High School pulled out a 63-70 overtime win on Wednesday afternoon in the final EABL regular season contest for both sides.
Canterbury were led by Tyrese Walters with 14 points, Robertas Vysniauskas 12, and Mate Okros and Oliver Waymark with 11 each.
Oaklands were led by Kyle Dennis with 15, whilst Dominic Scott-Robinson and Mark James added 11 each.
Oaklands Head Coach Lee Ryan said:
“What a game and what a way to end the season for both sides. I’m so proud of the effort my guys have shown today, and the previous two before this one – it hasn’t translated to the results this year but the lessons the guys have learnt this season will stay with them into their next basketball steps. Well done to the Canterbury players and staff, they held on and stepped up with composed play when it was required.”
The game opened with Oaklands College dominant, with the home side playing fired up and showing relentless energy, led by third year guard Isaia Alexis who set the tone for the rest of the encounter.
Oaklands led 20-9 after the first period off some excellent defence and good transition basketball. The traveling team responded in the second and settled into the game with 7 points from their season’s leading scorer Tyrese Walters, cutting the deficit to a 30-23 half time score for the home side.
The second half looked to swing back to Oaklands as they controlled the tempo once again and increased the gap by connecting with 3 threes in the period to hold what looked to be a strong 12 point lead into the fourth.
Canterbury had other ideas and never backed down, as the scores exchanged, Canterbury edged closer and closer off some deadly shooting from downtown. The away side managed 5 threes in the fourth quarter as part of a 26 point period that saw them gain their first lead with less than a minute to go in the game.
The game’s leading scorer Kyle Dennis was fouled with seconds left and headed to the line with Oaklands down a single point, he converted the first to take his personal points to 15 for the game but missed the second, sending the game to overtime.
Third year guard Oliver Waymark showed his value from the perimeter as he hit the opening overtime shot from behind the arc. As Oaklands struggled in the half court and dried up from the line (going 1/5 in the overtime) the away side managed to hold their composure and convert on their chances as Oaklands chased the game. Canterbury took the overtime 4-11 to win on the road.
The game optimises the standard of the EABL as both teams gave it everything despite knowing neither would see playoff action this campaign.
The two well coached programs will now reflect on the year and start their rebuild to be ready for another thrilling season later in the calendar year.