Long Road Sixth Form College 76 – 44 Leyton Sixth Form College

Long Road College welcomed Leyton Sixth Form College to Cambridge in this bottom of the conference clash. This was an important game for both colleges with Leyton still searching for their first win of the season and Long Road feeling hard done by to still be sat on 1 win having lost 3 games by 2pt margin.

Right from the start the Cambridge Academy started on the front foot with a strong finish, and1 play from Tash Chawira which sparked a 13 – 3 run from the home side to take an early advantage in the contest. Leyton seemed somewhat shell shocked and were struggling with the pressure defence from Long Road and the quarter finished with the home side taking a commanding 20-8 lead.

The second quarter was a similar story with Long road picking apart the zone defence and getting easy opportunities off of turnovers from the visiting team. To add to Leyton struggles, D. Batcheler found his touch from the outside hitting 4 threes in the quarter to continue to push the lead out as the Cambridge Academy were up 38 – 14 at the half way point.

In the second half Leyton showed great fighting spirit and continue to fight for every possession. A switch in defensive tactics in the 4th quarter seemed to unsettle the Long road squad and take them out of their rhythm and saw Leyton go on a 9-0 run to reduce the deficit slightly. However it was very much too little too late as the home side ran out convincing winners 76 – 44

Coach Charlwood said, “I have been really pleased with our commitment to defence over the last few games and all though we haven’t got the rewards in terms of outcomes I am really pleased with how the squad is progressing. Today was another good performance and we were able to get out to an early lead though our pressure defence. It was great to see Dan (Batcheler) finally show what he is capable of from the outside as he has struggled to find the touch so far this season. Hopefully he can take confidence from this into the next game.”

Top performers from Long Road were Dan Batcheler who finished with a game high 26 pts and 6ASTs with and impressive 5/11 from downtown. Tash Chawira had another strong outing with 25pts and 17 rebounds and Karl Holmes continues to be a monster on the boards for the Cambridge team with 22 Rebounds and 16pts.

Top performers for Leyton were E. Lopes with and impressive 15pts and 17 Rebounds and A. Ballie with 10pts.

Next week Long Road travel to Haringey for a tough game vs the impressive London team.