Stoke On Trent College vs Haringey Sixth Form College

Stoke-on-Trent College were stunned by a last second 3-point shot in their Semi-Final game on Wednesday afternoon, falling 69-68 to Haringey Sixth Form College in the ABL Playoffs.

The game was fast paced from the tip as Haringey set the pace early by playing their brand of high up-tempo defence and fast breaks to take the first quarter 19-23. Stoke-on-Trent would come out more composed in the second quarter, led by Bayley Guant (26 points) and his accurate 3-point shooting to take the second quarter 17-16. The 3rd quarter saw Alex Tew (22 rebounds) establish him self in the paint and Stoke would manage to win the 3rd quarter by a score of 17-16. The fourth quarter was then dominated by Stoke who had built a 12 point lead and had silenced the visitors with huge shots from Bayley Gaunt. However, around the three minute mark, Haringey would claw there way back in the game with sloppy play on offence from the home side to bring themselves within 2 points with just 8.1 seconds left on the clock. Haringey inbounded the ball to Andreas Velia who drove baseline and kicked to Owen Young, who then found Leslie Smith in the corner for the game winning 3 at the buzzer to take the victory by a score of 69-68.

“Congratulations to Haringey and good luck in the final,” said Coach Jamison. “Tremendous effort and really well coached.”

Bayley Gaunt led Stoke in scoring with 26 points. Alex Tew followed with 12 points 22 rebound and 7 blocks. Haringey were led by Alexander Distras with 31 points.

Haringey Sixth Form College now move on to play St. Charles College in the ABL Finals on Wednesday April 3 at The University of Essex.