Essex Rebels (Vi6 Colchester) 80 – 106 Haringey Sixth Form College

The Essex Rebels Vi6 Academy team finished out 2019 with a home game against Haringey Sixth Form College this past Wednesday. The game saw Essex, who currently sits second in the league, take on a Haringey team who they played earlier the season and lost to by 66 points.

The first quarter saw Haringey jump out to a quick lead, scoring 21 points to Essex’s 8. However, the Rebels caught fire from behind the arc and made 3 straight 3’s, 2 by Elijah Adebambo and 1 by Josh Green, followed by two quick baskets to bring the quarter score to 25-22. With renewed energy the Rebels entered the second quarter and fought back and forth, until Haringey went on their own run and kept the Rebels to only 4 points in 8 minutes of play.

The second half saw Haringey maintain their lead in a game that came down to foul shots and rebounds. Haringey went to the foul line 34 times in comparison to the Rebels who took only 7 trips to the charity strip, and saw the visitors grab an impressive 64 rebounds to the home side’s 43. However, not to be deterred, the Rebels fought for all 40 minutes, led by Josh Green who poured in a game high 35 points, to allow Essex to remain in a competitive game ultimately ending in favour of the visitors 106-80.

Head Coach Tom Sadler had this to say about his team’s performance, “I thought we showed how good we can be when we are firing on all cylinders. When we shoot like we did in the first and fourth quarter we are a hard team to defend. I thought the guys showed a lot of grit to dig deep and not let the score stop them from giving everything they had against a very talented team. They battled hard and we will use that intensity to carry our momentum through the Christmas break until we return to games in January.”

Top Performers for the Rebels: Josh Green (35 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds), Ade Atiba (14 points, 9 rebounds), Elijah Adebambo (12 points, 3 rebounds)

Top Performers for Haringey: A Distras (26 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals), J Harding (24 points, 4 assists), O Young (20 points, 5 rebounds), R Muwateor (18 points, 24 rebounds)