Northfleet Technology College 63 – 65 John Roan School

Northfleet lost their unbeaten home record in the ABL on Wednesday afternoon, with John Roan winning a closely fought contest 63-65.

Northfleet raced out to an early 17-6 led playing aggressively on both ends of the floor and putting John Roan under pressure. John Roan composed themselves and managed to pull the game to within 2 at the end of the first, with Northfleet leading 17-15.

The game went back and forth in the second with John Road gaining the upper hand with a 5 point lead half through the quarter, Northfleet fought back to take a 1 point lead heading into the interval.

The game remained close in the second half with John Roan holding a 1 point advantage in the final minute of the game. Northfleet went to the hot hand of Owen Longman who was unable to convert on the next possession.

Northfleet pressed and were unable to steal the ball, forcing the home team to foul and send Aboaba to the line. Aboaba made 1 from 2, leaving the visitors ahead by 2. Northfleet had 2 possessions to try and win the game but came up short losing the contest 63-65

Owen Longman led the attack with for the home team with 33 points connecting on 9 triples. The visitors were paced by 20 points from Samuel Olotu and 19 from James Aboaba.

Longman said: “We showed fight today as we looked out of the game at times but stuck together and got ourselves back into the game through solid play on both ends, ultimately we missed some easy shots which could have won us the game.”

Coach Parry added: “I think we did a good executing our game plan today, we talked about winning the battle on the boards which we did but some key missed box-outs and turnover cost us at crucial times in today’s game.

“I’m proud of the way my team played and the commitment they are making to developing as individuals and as basketball team. Credit should go to John Roan who fought back from an early deficit and held there nerve at the end to win the game.”

Northfleet Tech will host the North School next Wednesday while John Roan will host St. Thomas the Apostle.