Northfleet Technology College 74-62 Harris City Academy

Northfleet moved to 10-4 and into third place in the Southern Conference with a 74-62 win at home against play-off rivals HCACP.

The game went back and forth in the first quarter, with both teams trading baskets and neither team being able to establish control. HCACP led with a slim three point advantage at the end of the first quarter, 17-20.

Owen Longman got hot in the third, scoring 17 of Northfleet’s 22 points to put the hosts in control 39-31 at the interval.

HCACP came out strongly in the second half, pushing the ball in transition and making some outside shots to tie the game 51-51 going into the fourth quarter. The game was tight until Evan Longman made two big shots with three minutes remaining and some solid defence by the hosts closed out the game, with Harry Earley and Owen Longman closing out the win for Northfleet.

Owen Longman led the attack with 25 points, while twin brother Evan Longman added 17 for the hosts. The visitors were paced by 26 points from Rawle Allicock and 12 from William Bidi.

Owen Longman said: “I think we started off slow, but we were able to get some important defensive stops leading onto better offensive plays. This pushed us into the lead and we held our nerve until the final buzzer.”

Coach Ndlovu said: “It was a tough game and we did well to contain them on the defensive end, we controlled the boards and managed to move the ball ahead in transition in the final period to win the game.”

He added: “It was a close game in the third and both teams had the opportunity to take control in what was an exciting game for the neutral.”

Northfleet Tech will travel to King Henry next week, while HCACP will host the John Roan School in two weeks’ time.