The North School vs Leyton Sixth Form College

The North School rallied together to gain their second ABL Eastern Conference win of the season on Wednesday 7 November, defeating Leyton Sixth Form College 90-80.

The North School got off to an electrifying start in the first quarter with their full-court press disrupting Leyton’s flow on their defensive end. The hosts were also able to deliver on the offensive end, racking up five three-pointers in the period to secure an impressive 35-20 lead.

The high-tempo action continued into the second period, but Leyton’s physically imposing defensive unit were able to secure some stops and slow The North in the half-court. Despite a spell of strong interior play from Leyton, The North captains Jay Parnell and Sean Trumper were able to combine for 17 points in the quarter to drive their side to a 58-36 lead at the half.

The third period saw Leyton reduce the deficit as they limited The North to 17 points with excellent defensive play and a strong rebounding performance. Jawaad Kawoya led the surge for the away side with 18 points in the second half. However, The North School were able to remain composed throughout the final period, as the home side made some big plays to seal a tight 90-80 victory.

The North School Coach Andrew Sunderland commented, “We started the game really well and I was tremendously happy with the pace of our play and our perimeter shooting throughout the first half. Credit goes to Leyton who really rallied together in the second half to keep themselves in the battle, but I was proud of the way we were able respond to the challenge with high IQ and decision-making.”

Jawaad Kawoya led Leyton with 29 points in the game, whilst Chima Obikwelu and Hakeem Shobande each added 12 points apiece for the visitors. The North School were paced by Sean Trumper who dropped 29, whilst Jay Parnell added 25 points, including an impressive seven makes from behind the arc.

The North School will travel to St Thomas the Apostle College next week in pursuit of their third consecutive win, while Leyton will host Northfleet Technology College in their next game.