Carmel College 80 – 59 Aston Manor Academy

Carmel College won at home and moved to 6-2 in ABL against Aston Manor Academy, with a final score of 80-59.

In what would prove to be a back and forth game in the first quarter, it was the home side who would make create separation in the second quarter as George Ball hit 5 3’s in the second quarter to give the home side a big advantage.

Current Top 50 Deng Camp selection Akol Ring would be limited to 4 points and playing through foul trouble, therefore the away side would be paced by some stellar guard play from Abdul Farah who would finish with 20 points.

Big man duo Ellis Evans and Fin Moss would settle into the game in the second half combining for 30 points from some high quality looks which would allow Carmel to rotate 12 players and keep the foot on the gas in the second half.

Aston Manor would fight back in the fourth quarter through some tough defence and transition scores however it wouldn’t be enough to turn things around.

Carmel head coach Dominic O’Neill said: “I’m happy to have Aston Manor back in our conference this season, the work done by Curtis, Paul and David is fantastic for the students at that school and the players in Birmingham.

“They are young and talented this year and lack some experience at this level which cost them today but they have a bright future.

“We have been playing some great basketball of late and our strength is in our depth, with 5 U17s in our rotation we can bring energy consistently which may make up for our own lack of experience, and if our 2nd year players can lead like I know they can, I feel there is another level we can jump up if we want to make a playoff push. Massive props to George Ball today who finished with 8 3’s, an impressive feat.”

Scoring was led by George Ball with 25 points for Carmel, Ellis Evans and Fin Moss with 15 apiece and Ethan Carter Shepherd with 11 points. Lester and Aniakor would combine for 25 points to support Abdul Farah’s 20 for Aston Manor.

Carmel continue their home stand with a game against Archbishop Beck next Wednesday.