John Roan School vs Haringey Sixth Form College

This week was a top of the league clash saw The John Roan School fall short to the undefeated Haringey Sixth Form College in a narrow 73-78 loss on their home floor.

The tempo was set for the game early as both teams showed gritty defensive energy resulting in a scoreless first 3 minutes. Franklin Agu eventually broke he silence with a tip back to get the scores rolling. The remainder of the first half was tightly contested, Haringey held a tight lead that fluctuated between 8 and 3 points, and the end of the half saw them take 7 point advantage going into the break.

John Roan came out energised to start the third quarter, with Seal Osajivbe knocking down his first 3 pointer of the game and the home side forcing several stops. However, Haringey would not be stifled and made several small runs of their own to keep their lead. The final 4 minutes would see John Roan closing the gap but not quite getting close enough to take over. Scoring efforts from Kitan Ogunbona and Seun Babalola allowed John Roan to climb within 4 points and a defensive stop from Kitan also aided in shortening the gap, however, JRS ran out of time with Haringey seeing out the game 73-78.

Coach Courtney said of the game, “Our team showed great energy and team work against a formidable side today. We let ourselves down on the rebounds unfortunately, but really showed our pedigree defensively and scoring the ball. This game has raised the expectation of how we play going in to the playoffs which for me was the perfect time.” 

Ade Ogunleye commented saying, “It was a tough game with no let down. Both teams knew that any lapse in concentration would result in a loss and both teams fought to the very end.”

Haringey were lead in scoring by Alex Distras (23) who had a phenomenal second half scoring all of his points in 20 minutes. They were also lead by Ndwedo Newbury who poured in 21 points. The John Roan School’s top scorers were Seun Babalola with 23 points and Lanre Ayinla with 21 points.

The John Roan School will play their final season game before the playoffs against COEHNEL, while Haringey will see a week of rest heading into their playoffs fate.