Carmel College vs John Leggott College

Carmel College moved to 1-1 the ABL Northern Conference with a 97-36 win in their home opener against John Leggott College.

A game that was fast-paced right from the start, it was the home side that would jump out to a lead early ending the first quarter with a 29-8 advantage. Carmel’s high pressure defence was forcing JLC into some bad shots, allowing the home side to push the ball in transition.

JLC hung around through some good shooting from Elliot Kerley and savvy coaching changes, but Carmel would push for a 30-4 second quarter, as first year guard Fin Moss did his damage early, en route to finishing with 30 points.

The second half would see the away side fight back through some zone defense, and as Carmel rotated their bench they were unable to execute consistently which allowed the deficit to narrow. After a time out, Ellis Evans and Omar Osman would rally the home side on the defensive end, allowing for their team mates to execute on the break and push the lead out once again.

Carmel Coach Dominic O’Neill said after the game, “John Leggott College are a young group who are not to be underestimated, as they are well organised and extremely well coached by Ross Stafford. It is great for our league that teams can come in and compete and be great additions; they are one to watch in the future.”

O’Neill continued, “We have had two wake-up calls so far this season, in our AoC cup game and our ABL fixture against a tougher older Allerton side. Our group is mostly new, with nine Under 17’s in our squad, and today they were able to execute the game plan and learn from our previous losses to really dictate the style of the game to allow it to suit us. I am hoping we can build from here.”

Fin Moss led Carmel with 30 points, supported by Adam McGrath who added 16, while George Ball had 15.

Carmel face Queen Ethelburga’s School at home after the half-term break, while JLC are next in action on 14 November when they travel to Archbishop Beck Sports College.