Long Road Sixth Form College vs County Upper School

Long Road Sixth Form Lions welcomed County Upper School in the ABL Central Conference, proving to be another tough outing for the Lions as they went down 48-100.

The game started with a frantic pace with both teams pushing the ball hard in transition. The Lions executed well in the early exchanges and got out to an early 6-2 lead, but County Upper reacted strongly and took the lead back. The visitors went on a 14-0 run to end the first quarter, leading 10-23. Long Road continued to struggle to take care of the ball in the second period as the pace and aggressive transition of County Upper proved too much, down at the half 21-53.

The Lions battled hard throughout the second half and had a 7-2 run to finish the third quarter where they showed some good moments, both offensively and defensively. The home side competed well in the fourth period but the strength inside and the speed of the County Upper guards resulted in a strong final stanza for the visitors as the contest ended 48-100 in their favour.

Long Road Coach Pete Charlwood said, “I was really pleased with how we started the game today, which shows me we are moving in the right direction. Our offence had better spacing and timing at times today, however our defence was disappointing as we allowed too many easy layups, particularly in the second half.”

County Upper were led by J Boume with 27 points, as K Asuzu chipped in 21. Meanwhile, Ben Rayner led the way again for Long Road with 14 points as Micah Gillings added 11.