Oaklands College vs Canterbury High School

Canterbury High School secured a 67-88 win over Oaklands College in the EABL on Wednesday 8th November at Oaklands College St Albans Campus.

Canterbury had six players reach double digits led by Elliot Bailey with 18, Tunde Oyerinde with 14 and Jonathan Brown had 13.

Oaklands Head Coach Thomas Baker commented:

“It was a tough game for us today. At the beginning of the week we reinvested into a style of basketball that would help us this season and at times it was clear to see that we can be successful at this level playing our style along with the performance behaviours that we have set out.

“However, Coach Sazant and his team were relentless at times in how they played and they made it difficult for us to be successful. Numerous scoring runs off some tough defence by Canterbury put them in control throughout this game, it’s evident to see why they have the record they have currently, I can see them being one of the teams leading the way as this season goes on.

“For us, we recognised the things they need to do every time we step on the floor, now it’s back to practice for us to get ready for a tough game against Copleston next week.”

The home side had Wes Moore and Shaheem Tuvera with 15 points and Jose Morais had 11 to finish as one of Oaklands top scorers.

Oaklands were the team on the board first with an aggressive drive by Wes Moore which ended up earning him a trip to the foul line. With the first few minutes being quite frantic, Canterbury respond with 7 unanswered points thanks to Jonathan Brown and Elliot Bailey.

Oaklands hit back with Georges Tchuako earning his team a second trip to the foul line and knocking down both free throws and Shaheem Tuvera got himself on the board to take Oaklands tally to 6.

It was in the sixth minute where Canterbury turned it up a notch. A putback dunk by Daniel Beard was part of a 10-0 run that put Canterbury in control punishing some poor offensive decisions by the home side.

Both teams scored again as the first quarter ended 11-20 in Canterbury’s favour.

The second quarter started how the first ended for Canterbury, another 10-0 run again put the away side up by 19 early in the second. Sporadic offence from the home side hurt them as they couldn’t create enough good shots to help them get back in the game.

Both teams traded baskets across the rest of the second quarter as it ended 19-28 to Canterbury, meaning the score at half time was 30-48 to Canterbury.

A 8-0 run for Canterbury in the first 5 minutes was matched by 9-0 run for Oaklands as both teams enjoyed success in the third quarter.

A timeout by Coach Sazant looked to calm the game down and put it back in Canterbury’s favour and it worked. They ended the third quarter with a 7-0 run; a 3-point from Tunde Oyerinde close to the end of the shot clock being the pick of the bunch.

A blistering start to the fourth quarter by Coach Baker’s team saw them hit three 3-point shots in a row coming off some great offensive execution and ball movement giving Jose Morais and Wes Moore a chance to get Oaklands back in the game.

It wasn’t to be as Canterbury replied with their sixth scoring run of the game as they saw baskets from Elliot Bailey contributing to a 7-0 run for the away side. Both teams again traded baskets as both benches got a chance to play, the fourth quarter ended 22-19 in favour of the home team but it didn’t dent the scoreline as Canterbury ran out 67-88 winners.

Oaklands travel to host Copleston next Wednesday where as Canterbury will be looking to extend their winning run to 2 when they travel to BHASVIC

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