Oaklands College vs City of London Academy

City of London Academy moved to 2-1 on the season with a 57-62 road win over Oaklands College on Wednesday in St Albans.

CoLA were led by a stellar performance from Hadrian Bassilio who had 17, Kaleb Woldeyes had 9 points with Termon Serrant and Peter Turay both scoring 8 points.

Oaklands Head Coach Thomas Baker commented:

“A game of real ups and downs for us today. After such a great win last week against JMA, we were excited coming into this one. However, a slow start left us chasing the game throughout.

“We are continuing to learn that at this level if you take play phases off, teams will punish you. It was disappointing to miss 15 free throws today, some coming at key moments in the game. I also felt we left some crucial points at the rim down the stretch and we turned down some open shots which did not help us either.

“Credit to Coach Sterling and CoLA, they handled everything we threw at them today, they dominated the rebounding game and they were able to come up with some huge plays to keep them at arm’s length. We will continue to grow and develop together and the team remain upbeat and invested in getting better 1 day at a time.”

Both teams came into this game looking to continue from where they left of, as they both picked up wins last week. It was CoLA who started better running out to a 6-0 lead, forcing Coach Baker into an early timeout.

Oaklands responded well out of the timeout going on a 7-2 run to bring it back to a 1 point game in the middle of the first quarter. However, two straight baskets from Kaleb Woldeyes put CoLA back in control as they stretched the lead back to 5. As Oaklands struggled to get going and their opponents dominating the rebounding battle it was CoLA who ended the first quarter in front 21-12.

Momentum swung back and forth in the second quarter where both teams defences made it hard for either team to score. It was Oaklands who had a better run in this quarter but it wasn’t enough to bring the game close. As we entered the half CoLA led 33-24.

Oaklands scored first coming out of half time, making it a 7 point game, however some poor defensive rotations and with CoLA continuing to dominate the boards, they were able to finish the third quarter with a 8-0 run to make it a 13-point game going into the fourth quarter.

Oaklands saved the best until last and had huge success off of some high pressure defence. The home team was able to put together a 10-0 and a 5-0 run in the middle of the fourth, however threes from Hadrian Basilo and Patrick Lanipekun kept CoLA ahead by 8 points, setting up a dramatic finish.

Neither team could get a foot hold of the game in the closing stages. Oaklands were able to make it a 4 point game despite missing some crucial free throws down the stretch. Points from Peter Turay looked to have sealed the deal for CoLA.

With Oaklands fighting to take the game to overtime Jose Morais and Abdul Wurie were able to convert 3/4 free throws but it wasn’t enough. CoLA closed the game with discipline and left the happier side having won 62-57.

The home side had Jordan George with 14 points, Jose Morais went for 9 and Wes Moore rounded out Oaklands top scorers with 8.

Oaklands travel to Itchen next Wednesday where as CoLA will be looking to keep this winning run going when they welcome BHASVIC to the Capital.

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