HTS Storm 95 – 87 John Roan School

In the last regular season home game for HTS Storm it was clear from the outset that John Roan had with the aim of taking the hosts’ unbeaten record with an upset victory.

The visitors started the game the aggressor and jumped out to an early 4-10 lead after the opening minutes. Storm regrouped with a 6-0 run to tie the score and set the tone for the rest of the quarter with each team having mini runs, but no major impact on the score-line.

The second quarter definitely belonged to the travelling team as James Aboaba scored 13 points alone to give his side a seven point advantage going into the half, leading 44-51. The visitors were outworking their opponents on defence, allowing them to convert on the other end.

HTS were failing to make any significant impact on the score in the early stages of the third quarter, but an 11-2 run not only got them back in the contest but gave them their first lead since the first quarter break.

Both teams scrapped it out in the fourth, but back-to-back threes from Cameron Hildreth kept John Roan at bay. The final play of the game saw Abdou Gaye’s knock down a turn-around jump shot at the buzzer, sealing a 95-87 win for the hosts. The victory claimed the Southern Conference title for HTS Storm, their first since joining the ABL, as they look to lock up the number one overall seed next week.

Class of 2020 guard Josh Otor said after the contest, “They pushed us all the way but we dug deep and came out with an important win.”

Cameron Hildreth led the way for HTS with another scoring outburst, leading all scorers with 41 points, while Abdou Gaye and Josh Otor both supported well with 13, and Matt Aziamale chipped in with 11. The visiting John Roan squad were led by 25 points from James Aboaba, while Samuel Olotu and Seal Osajivbe added 22 and 16 respectively.

HTS will wrap up their league campaign with a trip to The North School on Wednesday 5th February, with the Kent-based outfit the final barrier between Storm and an undefeated regular season. Meanwhile, John Roan host St Thomas the Apostle College next Wednesday with their place in the playoffs already confirmed; while a win would see them jump up to third place in the Southern Conference.