Allerton High School vs Queen Ethelburga

A Yorkshire derby between two well coached sides would determine the second playoff berth from ABL Conference North. These teams have met no less than five times across all competitions, with each been hard fought until the end.

The first quarter was a high scoring affair with both teams playing up tempo and aggressive, it would finish 26-25 in the home teams’ favour with sparks of brilliance from each teams perimeters. The early pace was set by Bailey England whose strong drive game would put 9 points up on the board in this period.QE were paced by talented underclassman Elijah Walsh (Still only Year 11) and strong interior presence Joseph Barrett.

The second quarter would see a strong output from the home side with Allerton Co- Captain Jake Aldridge returning to form with 12 points personal in the period, complimented by a 9-point haul from George Halliday. Walsh remained relentless with 12 points personal in the period, with Barrett, Alexander and Skelton hammering the glass.

At half time the game sat at 52 – 43 with some strong contributions from the Allerton Bench, namely Will Lewis. Teilo kelly also would come to the fore for QE with contributions in all areas. A (13 – 22) third quarter would see intelligent play from the QE perimeters, utilising mismatches at the 4 and 5 spot, allowing for Skelton and Barrett dominate the interior.Harry Resendes attempted to close the gap with some big plays and crucial assists combining with Aldridge in the back court to try and keep pace. COLBA (Allerton) would remain resilient until the end, but a series of turnovers and mistakes defensively in the later stages would see QE able to close out. Final Score 80-84.

COLBA Head Coach Matt Newby on the game: “Was quick to compliment the York side, in a game of two strong halves of basketball they exhibited the ability to find another way when we stopped one asset another got paid. The obvious key contributors were Elijah Walsh at PG and Joseph Barrett on the interior but QE have a lot to thank Jed Alexander for as he flirted with a double double in rebounds and assists. 10 and 9. We got great output from our senior leadership in Aldridge, Resendez and Halliday and I am pleased with Will Lewis who fought through a tough game with every interior match up a challenge. Good Luck to QE and Archbishop Beck in the play offs.”

Allerton were led by Jake Aldridge’s 28 Points, 8 rebounds and 4 Assists. Whilst QE were led by Elijah Walsh’s 26 Points, 6 rebounds and 4 Assists and Joe Barrett’s 18 Points, 6 rebounds and 6 Blocks.