Oaklands College vs John Madejski Academy

Oaklands College were victorious against JMA, 80-73, in the EABL on Wednesday at Oaklands College St Albans Campus.

Oaklands battled back from as many as 15 down to take the win, as the home side had Jordan George with 26, Wesley Moore with 16 and Jose Morais had 10.

Head Coach Thomas Baker commented:

“What an intense game. We battled hard in the first half but some lack in concentration allowed JMA to enter the half ahead. I can’t fault my guys in the second half though. The energy they showed was incredible.

“Our discipline to stay focused was key. We didn’t drop our heads which has been an issue in the past. We pushed through and stayed determined to play our way and we were relentless and together throughout. Some huge plays for key players down the stretch helped us push through. Proud of them and the attitude in this one. Another step on this journey we are going on”.

JMA had Adrian Nosa Castillo with 14, Inigo Perez Baena with 13 and Matthew Armstrong with 12.

Oaklands were the team on the board first with an aggressive drive by Jordan George which ended up earning him a trip to the foul line, along with a 3 pointer to follow next play down the floor. Matthew Armstrong was the first player for JMA to get on the board but Jordan George continued his early impressive start with another 2 points for Oaklands for a 6-2 run in the early moments of the game.

A strong 8-0 run by JMA looked to put them in control with some impressive plays by Inigo Perez Baena and David Obediah, finished off with a trip to the foul line for point guard Adrian Nosa Castillo which forced Coach Baker to take a timeout.

Both teams traded baskets for the next few minutes before a 7-0 run by JMA put them ahead going into the last few minutes of the first quarter. Again both teams traded points, JMA managed to keep the gap at 6 to finish the first quarter 23-17 to JMA.

Oaklands started the second quarter how they started the game with 2 quick baskets by Abdul Wurie. The second continued how the first went with some good plays by both teams, Jordan George hitting another 3 for Oaklands whilst Inigo Perez Baena and Alex Drincic looked to keep JMA in control.

Two timeouts by Coach Keane in the second quarter looked to get his guys back in control. It was Matthew Armstrong who arguably had the play of the half, hitting a half court buzzer beater 3-pointer to put JMA up by 10 going into the break, 43-33 to JMA.

The second half couldn’t have started any worse for Oaklands, leaving Inigo open on the 3 point line and he didn’t disappoint for JMA. Big man Alex Gager stretched JMA’s lead to 15 before a strong drive and a finish by Ola Olanrele looked to kick start the fight back for Oaklands Wolves.

A tight third quarter meant both teams had to earn the points they got. Trips to the foul line happened more often in this quarter than previous. JMA might look at 3 missed free throws by Alex Drincic that would have put them firmly in control going into the last quarter as the moment that gave Oaklands a chance to get back in this game.

It was Oaklands who ended the quarter strongly with a 3 pointer by Darren Ainembabazi which cut the deficit to 8 points, 57-49 to JMA at the end of the third.

As the away side lacked energy in the fourth it was the home team that dominated. A 6-0 run and a 8-0 run for the home team put them ahead by four with 3 minutes to go. The run’s included another 3 by Jordan George, a couple of strong finishes at the basket by Captain Wesley Moore and a huge 3 pointer by point guard Jose Morais to put Oaklands in the lead.

Jordan George had the play of the second half and no doubt the play of the game with a posterising dunk which raised the roof off and helped Oaklands control the latter stages of the game. Trips to the foul line for both trips was how the game finished and Oaklands stayed composed to finish the fourth quarter 31-16 up meaning the game ended 80-73 to the home team.

Oaklands travel to CoLA next Wednesday looking to build from this win where as JMA will be look to get their season back on track when they play BHASVIC at home.

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