Holy Trinity School vs St Charles College

Holy Trinity School couldn’t keep up their unbeaten run at home going into the Christmas break, despite a valiant effort against a strong St Charles College side, as the hosts eventually came up short in a 77-83 loss.

The opening three baskets of the contest were scored by St Charles who looked to be out to put an early stamp on the game, but HTS responded with a 12-4 run of their own and take the lead 12-10, behind seven points from Josh Otor who made aggressive plays against St Charles’ pressure. HTS took pushed the lead out to nine, before an exchange of runs left the home side with a four point lead after the first 10 minutes of play.

The second period was a game of runs which saw St Charles regain their lead by scoring the last eight points of the quarter to lead 48-40 at the half-time break.

In another close period, the third saw HTS fight back again behind some big plays from their leading scorer Brandon Laryea, who finished with 19 points. As the buzzer sounded to end the quarter, the teams were all square once again.

The fourth period saw Taariq Powell take over for St Charles with 10 points in the quarter, as the visitors looked to put the game out of reach. Once again HTS went on a run, and with just 16 seconds remaining they had the ball trailing by just three points. An unforced error then lead to an unsportsmanlike foul, which allowed St Charles to close the game out from the free throw line.

The visitors were led to victory by 16 points from Mohamed Elmoutasim Mohamed, while Abiodun Adedo chipped in 15. HTS saw all five starters hit double figures as Laryea’s 19 point haul was supported by Josh Otor’s 18 points, while Ben Hilton added 11. Louis Roberts and Colin Lucinda rounded out the double digit scorers as they chipped in 10 points apiece.

Holy Trinity will resume their ABL schedule after the Christmas break when they visit West London College on Wednesday 9 January, while St Charles host Sir Robert Woodard Academy on the same date.