The North School 77-59 St Thomas the Apostle Sixth Form

The North School Lions made it 4 straight wins in the ABL Southern Conference with an emphatic 77-59 home victory against St. Thomas the Apostle College on Wednesday 11th December.

The Lions started the game in fine form with star Guard, Conal Parnell, attacking the basket at will to score the team’s first 7 points; however STAC responded with 6 points from Forward, Vincy Mbongo. The Lions showed off their inside-out versatility to close the quarter as Forwards, Oakley Rigby and Luis Beaumont combined for 11 points that gave the home team an 18-8 lead.

The Lions increased the tempo of the game in the second quarter through the outstanding Guard play of Parnell and Roshan Thakali, who attacked relentless and unselfishly found open team-mates. Captain, Harvey Kemp-Green continued his outstanding shooting form as he and Rigby combined for 6 3-point baskets in the quarter that put the Lions ahead 43-20 going into half-time.

STAC received a boost in the third quarter with 10 points from skilled Forward, Nelson Adetuyole, although the Lions continued to control the game with excellent ball movement and balanced scoring for a 62-34 lead going into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Lions got strong energy from Tom Chambers and had smart play off of the bench from Jack Hodges and Arthur Mazeli. STAC fought until the final buzzer and 12 points from standout Guard, Michael Asaolu allowed them to trim the deficit but the Lions came away with a clinical 77-59 victory that puts them up to second in the ABL Southern Conference.

Parnell led all scorers with 26 points to go with an incredible 18 rebounds, 6 assists and 0 turnovers. Beaumont had a huge double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Lions and Kemp-Green and Rigby both hit double figures once again with 19 and 11 points respectively. Outstanding duo Asaolu (19 points, 11 rebounds) and Adetuyole (17 points, 13 rebounds) had crucial contributions for STAC.

Lion’s star performer, Parnell commented ‘We knew they would bring athleticism and energy but we were locked in defensively from the start and we executed our game plan to slow down their transition scoring. On offence, we did a good job of pushing the ball in transition and using our pick and roll to kick to our shooters. We have to keep this momentum going into a tough stretch of games and continue to work to improve our weaknesses’

Head Coach Andrew Sunderland commented ‘STAC are a quality team; we had to fight for a 3-point win away to them earlier in the year so I thought our performance today really demonstrated how much we have progressed over the last 4 months. Our goal is to make playoffs so there are still plenty of improvements to be made but I love the commitment to improving we are showing on a daily basis. Conal was outstanding for us tonight-he put up big numbers across the board and he did it at an incredible efficiency. Luis was also a difference maker-he had a huge double-double and was incredibly active on defence’.

In the final week of ABL action before the Christmas break, the Lions face an away trip to face Sir Robert Woodard Academy on Wednesday 18th December, whilst STAC will look to bounce back as they take on Southern Conference leaders, Holy Trinity School.