The Canterbury Academy 109 – 63 Oaklands College

The Canterbury Academy Crusaders picked up their second consecutive win as they led start to finish in a 109-63 win over the Oaklands Wolves.

Canterbury won all 4 quarters comfortably, as a balanced attack saw 5 players reach double figures.

“It was a good and professional performance today. We knew what we had to do to be successful and to the players credit they delivered for the majority of the game. It’s a good result before what will be a great game on the road next week,” said Canterbury assistant coach Billy Beddow.

Jonathan Fakile led the way early, scoring 7 first quarter points for Canterbury. Despite some cold shooting from the perimeter, Canterbury won the first quarter 21-16, leading from start to finish.

Robbie Graham broke Canterbury out of their shooting slump, hitting three first half 3s. And despite 11 first half points from Oaklands’ Thomas Willmore, Canterbury were able to stretch the lead to 48-34 by halftime.

The second half saw Canterbury start to heat up as they connected on 16 threes for the game. Leading scorer Will Raife, excelled in the third quarter, notching 13 points in a 7 minute stretch as the lead continued to grow.

In the fourth Graham knocked down another trio of threes, while Daniel Oghagbon also scored 9 points in the final quarter, scoring inside and out.

Graham, who top scored with 23 points, had this to say: “In the first half shots weren’t dropping but we stayed together. In the second half we were hitting shots and  everything clicked for us defensively and offensively getting great looks.”

Raife added 20, while Chester Morrell scored 16, Oghagbon 12 and Fakile 11. For Oaklands, Willmore had 14 and Finley D’Avilar had 11.

Canterbury are now 6-3 and face a key visit to Itchen next week. Oaklands fall to 1-7 and are now out of action until the New Year.

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