Leyton Sixth Form College 66 v 67 Moulton College

In what will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most exhilarating clashes of the season, Moulton College edged out Leyton Sixth Form College by one point, in a match which was absorbing right until the final buzzer.

Both teams came into the fixture in a run of bad form, having not secured any points between them from their first 3 matches, although Moulton College would be the team to break this bad cycle, edging out LSC 67-66.

It was early sparring throughout the first quarter, which ended 20-18 in favour of the visitors, who made the trip from Northampton. Jonathon Ntumba put up some good numbers, scoring 10 points for Moulton College, with Samuel Donkor scoring a nice three pointer for LSC, which saw them take the lead for the first time in the match, only to be cancelled out moments later with a nice lay up from Smith of Moulton College.

Throughout the second and third quarter, LSC were the better team which saw them win 16-13 and 17-16 respectively. Mukhtar Adelakun and Hakeem Shobande were leading the way for LSC, with some excellent drives, as well as a number of impressive three pointers. LSC carried an advantage of 2 points into the final quarter which was set to be a grandstand finish and did not disappoint.

Hakeem Shobande and Jotham King extended LSC’s lead, with King keeping his nerve and scoring 2 from the free throw line. Moulton College replied through Jamal Jack, who mirrored King’s impressive composure, again scoring 2 from the free throw line.

Jack continued his relentless attack, scoring 4 points consecutively, to propel Moulton into the lead. Going into the final minute, Moulton had a lead of just one point, despite the efforts of Elizangelo Lopes, who was keeping LSC in the match with some accurate shots and impressive drives.

With 2 seconds left on the clock, LSC had possession from the side-line. The inbound was worked to Lopes, who took a shot from just outside the three point line. It looked destined for the hoop, as the crowd anxiously held their breath, the ball circled around the rim, and bounced out, as the buzzer sounded. Heartbreak for LSC who battled valiantly throughout the match, and ecstasy for Moulton College, who displayed resilience after being down with 50 seconds to go.

Top performers:
LSC – Mukhtar Adelakun (23 points), Elizangelo Lopes (13 points), Hakeem Shobande (12 points)
Moulton College – Jonathon Ntumba (20 points), Jamal Jack (20 points), Williams-Brown (14 points)

LSC will be able to take plenty of positives from this tightly contested fixture, before looking ahead to next week’s tough fixture against an in-form Haringey side, and Moulton College will be looking to carry their momentum forward into next week’s game against County Upper School.