Raines Foundation School vs King Henry School

Raines Basketball Academy take their second lost at home to King Henry 94-80.

King Henry’s size and rebounding caused problems for RBA, as they pounded the ball inside early to force Raines into early foul trouble and then converted from the line. However, the game remained close, with the first quarter ending 22-20 in favour of King Henry. At the start of the second period, Raines struggled to battle with the visitors on the boards, but again managed to keep pace by continuing to attack the basket, leading them into half time down 6 points. However in the second half, Raines failed to erase the deficit as KHS proved too much for the home side to handle. Raines took the loss at home with a final score of 94-80.

Raines Head Coach Laurent Irish said: “I thought we started off better then previous matches. Our effort and energy matched up to King Henry for thirty minutes. We still need to do a much better job communicating on the defensive end. I give credit to Coach Bucknell, who came in with a good game plan and executed for forty minutes on both ends of the floor. Our three point attempts were limited which slowed down our offensive output. Early foul trouble and too many free-throws then caused us to play less aggressive on both ends of the floor. It was a tough game which both teams played hard until the end.”

The scoring for Raines was led by 23 points from Jason Prince and Simon Olanipekun with 18 points. Meanwhile, King Henry were paced by 20 points from M. Fofanati, while S. Roberts finished with 18 points.

Raines resume their ABL schedule after half term break away to Uxbridge College, while King Henry will host to Harris Academy St John’s Wood in Week 18.