Long Road Sixth Form College 65-95 New City College

On Weds Long Road College welcomed top of the table New City College for what was in no doubt going to be a really tough game for the Cambridge Academy, which it proved to be with the home side going down 95 – 65 to the talented London Lions Academy.

The Cambridge Academy got off to a solid start with a 4-0 run to start the game and competed and matched the talented Lions team in the first 4 minutes of the game. However Long Road weren’t able to sustain it and began to turn the ball over on the Lions aggressive full court press giving them a number of easy scores which created separation at the end of the first with Long Road down 31 – 15.

The second quarter saw New City continue the onslaught with a quick 12-0 run that pushed the lead out to 27, However the Long Road boys re-gathered themselves to push back with a 8 – 2 run themselves to stem the tide and were seemingly doing a better Job defensively and taking care of the basketball better, however they really struggled to score consistently against the tough London college who finished the half with another strong 10 -0 run to lead at the half 53 – 23

In the third quarter the Cambridge boys showed great heart and fight and produced one of their most impressive quarters of the season showing excellent defensive execution leading to a number of easy run outs against the New City defence. Long Road were able to put together a 16 – 0 run bringing the game back to an 11 point spread and taking the quarter 23 – 10.

In the final New City re-asserted their dominance with a 14 – 4 run which killed the game as a contest and re-established their lead however the Long Road boys fought hard till the final buzzer going down with the final score 95 – 65

Coach Charlwood said, “We knew this was going to be a tough game against a very talented London Lions team and on the whole I am really pleased with how the boys performed particularly in the second half. The third quarter was one of the best quarters we have played all season particularly from a defensive point of view, keeping such a power house to 10pts. We met most of our targets that we set out before the game but still turnovers was a problem, which if we can solve we have proved we can be very competitive in this league this year.”

Top performers from Long Road were Dan Batcheler who finished with a team high 20 pts. Tash Chawira had another strong outing with 15pts and 15 rebounds and Karl Holmes continues to perform well only one rebound shy of another double double performance with 12pts and 9 rebounds

Top performers for New City were S. Olanipehun with a game high 25pts and 6 assists and A Oke with a strong double double performance with 12pts and 12 rebounds

Next week Long Road are at home to Moulton.