Long Road Sixth Form College 69-41 Havering Sixth Form College

Long Road College welcomed Havering for the first game after the Christmas break, with the Cambridge Academy keen to get revenge after a tough two-point loss earlier on in the season. It would be fair to say that the Christmas rust was evident in what was a scrappy game with a lot of turnovers from both sides, however Long Road were just a bit sharper in transition and with their finishing to take the win 69 – 41.

The game started with a frantic pace with both teams committing to aggressive defence, but also possibly lacking control on offence as both teams struggled to score early on. It was clear from the start that the referees were going to let both teams play with a lot of contact on both ends of the floor. However, Tash Chawira was proving tough to stop in transition, scoring 10 points in the quarter to give Long Road an early lead at the end of the 1st Quarter (20-10).

The second quarter was equally tight, with only two field goals scored in the first four minutes of the quarter. However, a 10 – 2 run finished off with a nice runner from D. Batcheler on the half-time buzzer saw Long Road take a commanding 32 – 16 lead into the break.

The second half continued in the same vein with Havering really struggling to score and finish the opportunities that they created, whilst Long Road seem to find a better scoring touch and dominating the start of the third with a 12 – 2 run with Tyler Phuchamroen scoring 8 of the 12 points. Havering managed to stop the bleeding with a 9-5 run themselves to finish the quarter down 49 – 27.

The final quarter was messy with both teams continuing to make silly mistakes and miss a lot of easy opportunities but the Cambridge Academy were able to see the game home with a dominant 69 – 41 victory.

Tash Chawira led all scorers with 16 points for Long Road, with Tyler Phuchamroen backing him up with 14points. S. Roe had 10 points for Havering.

Coach Charlwood said: “Not the prettiest game of basketball I have ever seen, however once again I am pleased with our defensive effort. Offensively we did enough in transition but we were over reliant on individual’s abilities rather than playing consistently good team offence. We will need to be better and take care of the ball better in our remaining games if we want to have a strong finish to the season.