Northfleet Technology College vs Leyton Sixth Form College

Northfleet picked up a win at home on Wednesday afternoon, beating Leyton Sixth-Form College 69-66 in a game that went down to the wire.

Northfleet started the better hitting several 3-point shots to open up a 7-point lead but we’re tagged back by a strong finish from Leyton following some poor defence and consecutive turnovers. Northfleet took a 1-point lead at the end of the first quarter, 22-21. An excellent second quarter from Northfleet culminated in a 16-point advantage, leading 50-34 at the half.

A sloppy third quarter saw both teams combine for a measly 15 points as both teams struggled to hit shots, coughed up multiple turnovers and spurned chances to score. Northfleet struggled in the fourth to match Leyton’s intensity and Leyton continued to narrow the margin and eventually took the lead. Northfleet responded with a clutch 3-point shot from Harry Earley and a score inside from Temitayo Fatusin. With the game going down to the wire Northfleet sealed the game with a steal and some clutch free throws from Armen Olivar which saw Northfleet lead by 3 points with 6 seconds left. Leyton called a time out but NTC’s defence stood firm forcing a contested shot that missed to secure the win 69-66. 

Duwan London led the hosts with 15 points while Armen Olivar added 12; Leyton were led by Chima Obikwelu who finished the game with 25 points.

Coach Parry said, ‘We played with great energy in the first half and made our shots. We struggled in the second half to stay composed and Leyton took full advantage of this.’ He added, ‘Credit should go to Leyton who pushed us today and had a chance to win the game, I am glad that we held our nerve when the game was on the line and showed some character to win the game.’

Northfleet have a week off for half-term before travelling to St. Thomas the Apostle Sixth-form College, while Leyton Sixth-Form College will travel to COHENEL to play next Wednesday.