Northfleet Technology College vs College of Haringey, Enfield & North East London

Northfleet Technology College picked up their fourth win in a row on Wednesday afternoon, with a narrow 64-60 triumph over CoHENEL.

The game started in a sloppy manner, with a number of missed lay-ups and turnovers, but Northfleet were able to take advantage of the nervy start by making some shots towards the end of the quarter to lead 19-13. Northfleet mixed up their defence in the second quarter, forcing CoHENEL into further turnovers that led to easy scores in transition. The strong defensive effort saw Northfleet in control of the game at the half-time interval, leading 42-25.

CoHENEL came out with renewed confidence in the second half, as a lack of composure from Northfleet allowed the visitor’s defensive pressure to cut the deficit to seven, before Evan Longman hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the hosts a 10 point advantage heading into the final stanza.

The game was sloppy in the fourth, as both teams struggled to convert on the offensive end. Northfleet played some good defence and Adrian Okoro held his nerve in the closing stages to secure Northfleet the victory.

Temitayo Fatusin led the way for Northfleet with 20 points, while Adrian Okoro added 14 and Evan Longman chipped in 10 for the home team. CoHENEL were led by guard Rupert Burnett who had 18 points, while Blessing Makanda contributed 14 for the visitors.

Northfleet forward Temitayo Fatusin said, “We got complacent after the half-time break, but we managed to dig in and play together. Credit to CoHENEL who pushed us today, but we just did enough to get win.”

Northfleet Assistant Coach Ciaran Dunne said, “We had a good strong run in the first-half and we finished the second quarter with great energy; a lack of energy cost us and allowed CoHENEL back into the game in the second-half. However, some timely baskets for Temitayo Fatusin and Evan Longman steadied the ship in the third quarter. A hard-nosed defensive effort and some clutch free-throws from Adrian Okoro was enough to secure us the game in the end.”

Northfleet face a road trip to Havering Sixth Form College when they resume their ABL campaign after the Christmas break, while CoHENEL will also begin 2019 by travelling to Havering, the following week.