Nottingham Academy vs Gateway College

Nottingham Academy have continued their early success in the ABL Central Conference, finishing with a 2-1 record before half term break. a 99-66 scoreline saw them take down local rivals Gateway College at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena; a match-up full of intense end-to-end action from both East Midlands’ outfits.

The game started off close with Ernest Mawomo causing trouble for the Nottingham side, able to get anywhere he wanted on the court. His quickness and strength enabled him to finish at the rim and kept Gateway hanging around. Some hot shooting from Pedro Ellery, who seemingly couldn’t miss, and defensive efforts from Kristijonas Kestenis and Tyrese Hudson turned the game around giving Nottingham a strong lead.

Great tempo set by point guards Charlie Marsh and David Oniyah kept Nottingham in control with good distribution and knocking down their open shots. This eventually one-sided affair did not end without a challenge from Gateway, as Abdullah Osman and his squad refused to go down without a fight. His craftiness and high motor kept the Leicester-based academy’s score ticking over as he would make several tough layups and a contested pull-ups down the stretch.

“It was a good performance from us as a team and is definitely going to help us moving forward in the season,” said Charlie Marsh, Nottingham captain and starting point guard.

Nottingham were led in scoring by Pedro Ellery, a Year 11 student, who shot six-for-eight from behind arc en route to 22 points. Tyrese Hudson supported well as he put a comfortable 13 points on the board. Meanwhile, Gateway were led by their flashy guards, as Abdullah Osman led by with 23 points and Ernest Mawomo added 21.

Nottingham have a break in their ABL schedule before they travel to Birmingham on 7 November to face league leaders Aston Manor Academy, while Gateway College will head on their own road trip to Long Road Sixth Form College where they will look to bounce back.