PREVIEW: Haringey Sixth Form take on St.Charles in the ABL Finals!

 

The stage is set for the ABL Finals this week as Haringey Sixth Form College face St.Charles College at the Essex Sport Arena on Wednesday April 3. Lets take a look at the two teams ahead of their championship game to see who’s got what it takes to be crowned this year’s ABL Champions!

 

Haringey Sixth Form College vs St.Charles College

 

Haringey enter this years Finals after an incredible nail-biting victory over Stoke-on-Trent College last week, who were stunned by a last second 3-point shot from Leslie Smith in what might have been one of the most exciting plays of the 2018-2019 season thus far. In a fast-paced game that went down to the wire, Haringey made their comeback after some sloppy play on the offensive end from the home side which allowed the visitors to bring themselves within 2 points with just 8.1 seconds left on the clock. In the final play that sealed their fate, Haringey inbounded the ball to Andreas Velia who drove baseline and kicked to Owen Young who found Leslie Smith in the corner for the game winning 3 at the buzzer to take the victory by a score of 69-68. ABL Coach of the Year, Franck Batimba (Eastern Conference) will no doubt look for his ABL MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, Franklin Agu to lead Haringey to victory in their final battle on Wednesday.

St.Charles College enter this championship game after defeating Aston Manor Academy in another nail-biter that saw them clinch the victory 75-74 in the Final 4 round. Both sides traded baskets early on, until ABL 1st Team All Conference selection Abiodun Adedo and teammate Taariq Powell punished Aston Manor for some sloppy play on the offensive end, to take back the lead back with a 56-61 advantage going into the final quarter. Despite being down with 40 seconds remaining, Tariq Powell (15points) broke the home teams dreams of a final appearance with a lay-up that would take ABL Coach of Year (Southern Conference) Patrick Avorkliyah’s side into the Finals on Wednesday. Coach Avorkliyah will no doubt be looking for Adedo and Powell to lead their side to victory once again this week, as they look to get their hands on the ABL Championship trophy.