Carmel College vs Cheshire College South & West

Carmel College moved to 2-2 in the ABL Northern Conference with a 118-73 home win against Cheshire College South & West on Wednesday afternoon.

In a game where both teams were very competitive, it was the home side who run away with a 45 point victory as they showed their strength-in-depth. CCSW remained within touching distance, down by 10 after the first quarter through some stellar play from James Mansell – who would finish with 27 points. However, the Carmel back-court of Spencer Miller and Steve Shoan controlled the pace of the game and allowed the home team to execute in half-court situations.

The second half would see Carmel first year forward Findlay Moss take over the game, attacking consistently on his way to finishing with 40 points on the night. Cheshire landed in some foul trouble as the home side continued to build their lead, able to rotate their bench.

A fourth quarter fight-back behind a couple of transition dunks from Wes Annan sparked the visitors, but it wouldn’t be enough.

Carmel Coach Dominic O’Neill said, “Cheshire were a credit to their coach today as they fought the whole way through and have some real talent in their front-court duo. However, I think our young group showed our strength-in-depth today as we were missing a few players, but other players stepped up. First year guard Fin Moss also showed maturity in today’s game as he didn’t play much in the first half due to some early foul trouble and wasn’t able to finish plays. But he bounced back in the second half and found a way to succeed, finishing with 40 points and 12 rebounds. Hopefully this win bodes well for our next games.”

CCSW were led in scoring by James Mansell’s 27 points, as Wes Annan supported with 24, while Findlay Moss led all scorers with 40 points for Carmel, as Steve Shoan added 21, Ellis Evans chipped in 17 and Spencer Miller contributed 16.

Carmel continue their Northern Conference campaign next week as they host Allerton High School, while Cheshire head on the road to John Leggott College.