Archbishop Beck Catholic College 61 vs 81 Carmel College

The opening game of the season saw Carmel College travel to their cross town rivals Archbishop Beck as a new look ABBA team took the court against a much taller Carmel College squad.

Carmel’s height showed from the opening tip with numerous offensive rebounds and blocked shots for the visiting team. After a few early scores from ABBA, the home team soon cooled off with some sloppy play and unforced turnovers. Liam Burgess scored six points for ABBA and Fin Moss had 8 early points for Carmel as the visitors took the first quarter 21-14.

The second quarter saw the home team display more careless open court play, missed lay-ups and blown assignments on zone defence which led to Carmel scoring 24 points in the quarter to only 13 by ABBA, with star man Luke Dalton managing just five points in the half.

Sam Dawson provided ABBA’s only positive spark off the bench with six quick points, along with year 11 Dan Davies, who stepped up and provided some solid minutes. At half time, a stunned ABBA team went to the changing rooms 18 points down, 27-45, with a plenty to discuss.

In the third quarter, ABBA stepped up their defence and had some solid production from Liam Burgess who scored 9 in the quarter, and Carmel had a well-rounded scoring attack with five different players on the score sheet. It ended a much closer affair with Carmel just taking the quarter 21-20.

In the final quarter, Adam McGrath stepped up with some nice drives to the hoop and capped off a solid night with 18 total points.
For ABBA five different players scored in the 4th, though a a low scoring quarter was edged 15-14 by Carmel at a time when ABBA needed to make some moves to get back level.

ABBA Head Coach Delme Herriman: “It was very disappointing to lose convincingly to a team we have never lost to in the past two seasons, but Carmel played well and had a well balanced attack and there superior size gave us problems.  For us, a number of players never stepped up and had sub-par performances, but it is early days and we will improve from our mistakes and bounce back much stronger.”