Essex Rebels (Vi6 Colchester) 89 v 59 Mayfield School

The Colchester Vi6 Academy Rebels returned home for their midweek ABL clash against Mayfield School at the University of Essex Sports Arena. The two teams were meeting for the first time this season, as Colchester entered the game with a record of 2-1 while Mayfield sat at 2-0.

The first quarter was a battle back and forth, as both teams figured each other out. 6 minutes into the game the Rebels went on a scoring run led by their aggressive pressing defence, as Josh Green led all scorers for the quarter with 7 points, taking the team into the second quarter up 21-13.

To start the second quarter, the Rebels continued their scoring run as they outscored Mayfield 16-5 in just 4 minutes of play.Riley Taylor attributed to the scoring barrage of the quarter, scoring 15 points. Pressure defence continued to disrupt Mayfield’s flow as they finished the quarter with 9 turnovers and despite grabbing 13 offensive rebounds in the half, walked into the locker room down 29-54.

Return to play in the second half saw Mayfield come out firing, scoring 8 quick points after an unfortunate injury took one of the Rebels players out of the game. With a renewed intensity in their zone defence, Mayfield forced the Rebels into committing multiple turnovers and capitalised to bring the gap down to 17 points, with a score of 68-51 entering the fourth.

The final 10 minutes of play saw both teams fight, with Colchester working to maintain the lead and Mayfield looking to claw back. After a few minutes with both teams scrambling, the Rebels were able to clinch the game by outscoring Mayfield 21-8 in the remaining minutes, for a final score of 89-59.

Leading Performers:

Colchester Vi6 Academy Rebels – Ade Atiba (21 points, 20 rebounds, 2 steals), Josh Green (17 points, 3 assists), Dylan Beaird (17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists), and Riley Taylor (15 points, 5 rebounds)

Mayfield School – #13 (19 points), #7 (14 points), #10 (12 points), 19 offensive team rebounds