Colchester Academy vs Havering Sixth Form College

The Colchester VI6 Academy was back in action this Wednesday, as they took on Havering. Having come off of a loss the previous week, Colchester entered the game with a key focus on sharing the ball and playing as a team. An aspect that was seemingly addressed during this game, as the home team captured a large win with the help of 30 assists on the day. With a final score of 117-63, it was Colchester’s game from start to finish. 

Throughout the game, Colchester utilised a full court press to disrupt Havering’s offense, which led to the visiting team committing over 30 turnovers. In the half-court, Colchester was able to attack Havering’s zone through quick ball movement and aggressive drive and kick sets. The ‘share the ball’ mentality worked in their favour, as six of Colchester’s players scored double digits on over 60% from the field, and 37% from behind the arc. Leading the way was Josh Green who dropped 31 points and dished out 8 assists. Dylan Beaird contributed 22 points and 6 assists on the day, while Daniel Ojo and Pete Ellis recorded double doubles (14pts, 10rbs and 13pts, 10rbs). Riley Taylor (11pts) and Joe Norster (10pts, 6asts) also chipped in throughout the game. 

While it was a tough loss for the Havering side, there was a bright spot with Devante Abana scoring 16 pts and grabbing 6 rebounds in a limited amount of time due to foul trouble, along with Kleidas Giedrikas who dropped 18pts and grabbed 5rbs.

Head Coach Tom Sadler had this to say about his team’s performance, “Before the game I challenged the boys to play more as a collective unit and felt that they went out and did exactly that. They shared the ball and made both smart and quick decisions that allowed for us to get some great open looks. When we are locked in and focused on playing together, a lot more opportunities open up for us on offense, which I think the guys saw today. If we can continue to build on that mentality and teamwork they will all benefit and that’s something they saw today. 30 assists and six players reaching double digit scoring is great and ultimately it helped us win the game. I thought Josh stepped up and hit some great shots, while Dylan did a good job at controlling the tempo and keeping the ball moving on the offensive end. There were a lot of positives to take from today and we will continue to focus on playing as a team and not as individuals.”