Nottingham Academy vs County Upper School

Nottingham Academy hosted County Upper School in an action-packed, high speed end-to-end game, which went right down to the final seconds as the visitors took a 96-98 win.

The game remained tight with numerous lead changes, while it was Nottingham guard Kristijonas Kestinis caused problems throughout the game for County Upper who struggled to contain him as he finished with 28 points. County Upper had a weapon of their own in Bradley Day who took up space in the paint whenever he stepped foot in there. Nottingham had to do everything in their power to stop him, from fronting the post to sending in swarming double teams. This caused disruption for the visitors but once he managed to get good position there was very little Nottingham’s slender guards could do to stop the weighty body of Day backing down and getting to the basket, en route to finishing with 25 points.

Nottingham Coach Kieran Wright said, “The last two and a half weeks have seen a huge improvement in the boys’ attention to detail and today they really proved that with their actions. The result wasn’t what we wanted but for 39 minutes I couldn’t have asked for much more. Focus levels were at an all time high!”

“It was also great to see 14-year-old Abdul Chitulu step up make some big plays and cause problems for the visiting side.”

Pedro Ellery finished with 18 points for Nottingham, after a versatile scoring display, while Jordan Boyd notched up 17 points for County Upper.

Nottingham travel to Moulton College next week, as they look to get back on track. Meanwhile, County Upper once again will be on the road to the East Midlands as they face Gateway College.