John Roan School vs Northfleet Technology College

A long break in the ABL Eastern Conference schedule for John Roan School saw them return to action at home against Northfleet Technology College, the hosts’ first action since the opening day of the ABL season.

The game was evenly matched; a great test for both sides. John Roan came out pensive in the first quarter, missing several easy attempts at the basket. However, the scoring would be shared early by the hosts’ starting five, and strong defence was able to stifle Northfleet to just 12 points in the quarter.

The second period saw similar results, but Northfleet kept themselves in the competition with some solid post play and sharp shooting from around the perimeter. John Roan really found their form in the third stanza, limiting Northfleet to single digits and connecting from long range with shots from James Aboaba and Seal Osajivbe. Foul trouble plagued both teams in the second half and would make for some difficult rotations, but on the day the John Roan bench seemed to have the upper hand over Northfleet’s reserves.

The fourth quarter would be a shocker for the hosts as, although John Roan began to continue where they left off, the visiting Northfleet side found inspiration via their full court-press, generating key turnovers and converting them to fast break points at the other end. The home side would soon see a 16-point lead evaporate to just eight in a quick turn of events, resulting in a John Roan time-out and player rotation. With the starters back in, John Roan would steady the ship and secure a three point win, victorious 64-61. The hosts were lead in scoring by James Aboaba who had 20 points, while Seun Babalola added 16. Northfleet were paced by 17 points from Temitayo Fatusin as Evan Longman chipped in with 15.

John Roan Coach Courtney Van-Beest said, “This was a great competition for us against an evenly matched opponent who are well-drilled and well-coached. Everything that we are also trying to be. The boys did well, but there’s certainly lots for us to work on.”

John Roan will next face Havering Sixth Form College on the road, while Northfleet will host Barking & Dagenham College.