St.Charles College vs Haringey Sixth Form College

Haringey took on St Charles in the ABL Final, emerging victorious 107-90 after a tight contest for three quarters.

The scoring was started by a strong drive from Haringey’s Franklin Agu, a sign of things to come. Haringey used high pick and rolls very effectively in the initial stages, jumping out to an early lead through great inside scoring. St. Charles quickly reacted by dominating the offensive glass, keeping the score close. The quarter ended following a strong and-one finish from Agu and a quick 3 pointer from St. Charles’ Taariq Powell to end the quarter 29 – 27.

The 2nd quarter started the same way the 1st ended, with a strong score and physical play from eventual MVP Agu. Stingy defence saw Haringey create a small lead but a couple of turnovers and a great reverse lay-up from St. Charles Josh Akinbiyi drew the scores back level once again. The rest of the half was a back and fourth affair, highlighted by  a huge chase down block from St Charles’ Abiodoun Adedo, leaving both teams tied at 50 – 50 come the half time buzzer.

The second half kicked off with a huge dunk from Sheyi Agbaje, energising the St. Charles bench as the team looked to kick on. The game maintained it’s see-saw nature with both teams trading baskets to keep the score close. As Haringey began to turn the screw, their young shooter Owen Young continued to take aim from beyond the arc, hitting timely baskets on his way to 6/9 performance from beyond the arc. A buzzer beater from Adedo kept St. Charles within touching distance, trailing 75 – 73 going into the final quarter.

Despite how even the game was up to that point, the 4th quarter firmly belonged to Coach Batimba’s side and broke open an otherwise even Final. After tying the score up at 76 – 76, St. Charles had no answer as Haringey began to show their strength. As the influential Mohammed Mohammed fouled out for St Charles and provided Haringey with an opportunity to build their lead, the game slowly began to slip away from the South Conference winners. Defensive breakdowns saw the difference stretch to double digits with 4 minutes to go and from there Haringey won the quarter 32-17 to seal the ABL title.

Haringey Top Scorers: Owen Young with 26, Ndwedo Newbury with 24 and Franklin Agu with 23.

St Charles Top Scorers: Abiodoun Adedo with 33, Josh Akinbiyi and Taariq Powell with 12 and Mohammed Mohammed with 11.

MVP: Franklin Agu with 23 points, 27 rebounds and 6 assists