Aston Manor Academy vs Nottingham Academy

Aston Manor improved to 6-0 in the ABL Central Conference with an 111-61 win over a spirited Nottingham Academy side on Wednesday afternoon. Ryan Anglin stuffed the stat-sheet for the hosts with 26 points, 25 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals and 5 blocks.

The visitors started brightly with Kristijonas Kestenis scoring 11 of Nottingham’s 13 first quarter points. Aston Manor responded, after a quick time-out from Coach Curtis Xavier, with Akol Ring and Diogo Mendes benefiting from the home side extending their defensive pressure.

The second quarter again belonged to Aston Manor with Zack Powell, who would finish with 33 points, using his speed to push the tempo with numerous scores in transition. Nottingham maintained their effort and integrity in the way they wanted to play, but Aston Manor went into the half-time break leading 53-32.

Nottingham struggled to maintain the pace which Aston Manor had set physically and suffered in the later stages as the hosts were able to run their bench to see out the game.

“We showed really good periods of concentration and intensity on the defensive end,” said Aston Manor Coach Curtis Xavier.

“However, we know we are not in the place we want to be with the whole squad buying into our defensive philosophy. I’d like to congratulate Coach Kieran Wright in his first coaching job at Nottingham and wish him well for the future.”

Diogo Mendes had a solid outing with 16 points while Tyrese Hudson and Ismael Ahmed had nine points apiece for the visitors.

Aston Manor’s next action sees them take on EABL side James Watt College at home in the AoC Sport Premier Cup on Wednesday 21 November before returning to ABL Central Conference play with a road trip at Gateway College. Meanwhile, Nottingham will look to get back on track when they face County Upper School at home on 28 November.