Harris City Academy CP 83 – 82 The North School

Harris City Academy Crystal Palace bounced back from their first loss of the season against Northfleet last week with a dramatic overtime victory at home on Wednesday afternoon against the undefeated North School, 83-82.

The North School lead for most of the game opening an early 10 point lead in the 1st quarter (14-24) and continued to hold their lead late into the 4th uarter with seconds on the clock. Even with the high intensity defence of HCACP, TNS would not be rushed or flustered. They just played their game and hit their shots. HCACP stayed positive and continued to play hard defensively and kept shooting the ball with confidence and always believed they could come back into the game.

HCACP’s hard fought victory was built on solid foundations lead by William Bidi, who made clutch shots from the perimeter throughout the game, including a buzzer beating 3 pointer to end the first half and a huge 3 pointer with 2.5 seconds left in the 4th quarter which tied the scores and sent the game to overtime. In overtime HCACP were able to hold their nerve and see out the victory.

Along with William, Rawle Allicock (10pts) played valuable minutes coming off the bench adding energy at crucial moments. It was a real team performance with 9 players for HCACP getting on the scoresheet.

“This was a very good result against a good team” said head coach Lee McCarthy: “They came here undefeated, so we knew we had to bring our ‘A game’ and at crucial moments we did just that. We are still continuing to grow as a new programme in the ABL and this will go a long way to building our confidence”

William Bidi lead all scorers with 29 points, 8 assists and 3 steals while Reece Price-Harrison added 19 points and Ayo Oluwi making his ABL debut added 6 points to his game high 13 rebounds for HCACP. R Thakali (26 points) and C Parnell (21 points) lead the scorers for The North School.

HCACPs next fixture is a rearranged game on Monday 11th November at home to John Roan School, whilst TNS will host King Henry School on Wednesday 13th November.