Holy Trinity School vs New City College

Holy Trinity were back at home and back to winning ways in a nail-biter on Wednesday afternoon, as they grabbed a 75-74 victory over New City College.

The game remained close throughout the first quarter as HTS held a narrow three point lead. New City’s full-court pressure was confidently and regularly beaten, resulting in 10 points in the quarter for Aaron Virani as a 12 point lead was built going into the half-time break.

The second half saw the teams trade baskets in a third quarter where seven different players scored for the hosts as they increased their lead to 14 heading into the final stanza. The gap quickly closed as New City knocked down four straight; two coming from Aaron Badibo who led all scorers with 25 points, and two more from Orestis Vasiliaskas who supported with 18.

HTS kept the visitors at bay behind the play of Louis Roberts, who paced his squad with 22 points, as they led 71-62 with two minutes remaining in the game. Seven straight points from New City closed the gap to just two points before Josh Otor got fouled and went to the line. Otor knocked down both free throws, on his way to 14 points for the contest, as the HTS lead increased to four, but Badibo wouldn’t give in and knocked down a huge shot from 30 feet. Coach Daniel Hildreth called timeout with five seconds remaining, as HTS were able to safely inbound the ball and run out the clock to end a highly entertaining game.

Coach Hildreth was pleased with the overall performance, “After some very disappointing performances of late, it was essential we played within our capabilities back at home to hopefully gather some momentum. It was a full team performance in the end with 10 players getting on the scoresheet. Our defence was at a more focused level which enabled us to play freely on the offensive end.”

Aaron Virani joined Roberts and Otor in double figures as he chipped in 10 points, while Badido and Vasiliaskas were supported well by L.Ogidan who added 14 for New City.

Holy Trinity will look to take their momentum into next Wednesday’s game on the road at Three Rivers Academy, while New City will travel to West London College.