HTS Storm 95-85 Harris City Academy

In the truest sense, it was a game of runs between the top two teams in the ABL Southern Conference, as a heavily undermanned HTS Storm side battled it out with Harris City Academy Crystal Palace. Storm were led by 24 points from Matt Aziamale, as they eventually ran out 95-85 winners in this high scoring affair.

 Midway through the first quarter, HTS held a 19-10 advantage before Rawle Allicock individually went on a 10 point scoring spree to reduce the margin to just two points. A couple of free throws from Tony Assogba saw the hosts head into the first break leading 29-25.

 The second quarter was a mimic of the first, with Storm opening up a 13 point margin once again before an immediate response from HCACP as they knocked down six straight points. The home side took a slender five point lead into the half-time interval.

 The third quarter belonged to HCACP, who consistently found their way to the basket while also hitting a couple of big triples in a 12-0 spurt. This scoring run gave the visitors their first and only lead of the game as they edged into a 67-68 advantage going into the final 10 minutes of the game.

 After the two sides traded baskets for the first couple of minutes, it was home side’s turn to make a run, as 10 unanswered points gave Storm a cushion they would hold onto down the stretch. The defensive play of Brandon Laryea was a vital contribution in the latter stages of the contest, as the 6’5” wing had an impressive trio of blocks in the final stanza.

 After HTS held their nerve to remain unbeaten in a tightly contested game, Coach Daniel Hildreth said, “Missing five guys through injury meant that everyone needed to step up, and they did just that.”

 Leading the way for Storm was Matt Aziamale with 24 points and 7 rebounds, while Ben Hilton finished with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Laryea chipped in all-round effort of 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks, while Josh Otor added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals. Findlay Mitchell rounded out the double digit scoring effort from all five starters with 11 points and 8 rebounds of his own.

 HCACP were led by Rawle Alliocock’s game-high 25 points, receiving support from William Bidi-Lecadouq who added 20 and Dillon Essien who chipped in 15.

 HTS Storm complete their home-and-home double-header this week when SRWA Bears visit on Wednesday, while HCACP will play host to Barton Peveril.