The Canterbury Academy vs John Madejski Academy

JMA picked up a crucial 56-54 away win over Canterbury Academy in the EABL action Wednesday.

In a hard fought game, JMA made a comeback in the fourth quarter behind 15 points from Adria Nosa Castillo to pick up the crucial win. JMA’s Alex Gager summed up the performance saying, “This was a tough game against a very good team. It was great to pull out a tough win.”

For 40 minutes, the game was a back and forth affair with multiple lead changes, big plays and inconsistent play from both teams. In the opening quarter, Canterbury were able to take a slim 16-14 lead behind the play of Milo Gordon and Sam Alajiki. However, two three pointers from Latrell Maitland reversed momentum in the second quarter. Another three from Asher Ndah late in the half then pushed JMA ahead, as they entered halftime leading the low scoring affair 28-27.

The third quarter saw JMA struggling to score, despite 5 points from Nosa Castillo. A late three from Josh Moore pushed Canterbury into a 40-37 lead entering the final quarter, where a tense battle commenced as the teams traded the lead multiple times. JMA then started to score more frequently with Maitland hitting his third three of the game. Gordon would rack up 8 points in the final quarter, giving Canterbury the lead multiple times. But each time JMA would answer, with Nosa and James Jolly making some key plays. With JMA leading 56-54 after a foul shot from David Chive, Canterbury had one last opportunity but were unable to convert a wide open three on the game’s final possession.

Canterbury Head Coach Adam Davies was pleased with the fight they showed saying, “We know we were coming up against a tough team that would disrupt us and take us out of our comfort zone. We dealt with their pressure well and the guys left everything on the floor in terms of effort and heart. We competed hard for 40 mins, but little things cost us like free throws and missed rebounds at key parts of the game. I’m super proud of how this team plays, tough, passionate and united. Having clinched playoffs we now look forward to finishing the season in a high and advancing into the post season.”

Gordon led Canterbury with 18 points while Jonathan Fakile added 10. For JMA Nosa Castillo had 15 and Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo had 11.

Fakile summed up the performance saying, “It wasn’t the prettiest game but we fought ridiculously hard and stood together as a team but ultimately JMA just got the better of us.”

With the win, JMA move to 12-4 and remain in contention for 2nd place in the Southern Conference. Next week they travel to CoLA and Itchen on consecutive days knowing that two wins would secure a home quarterfinal. Canterbury drop to 11-6 and are now locked into 4th place. After travelling to BHASVIC next week to conclude the regular season, they face a trip to Charnwood in the Quarterfinals.


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