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City of London Academy vs Itchen College

Itchen College made the trip to City of London Academy for the first ever WEABL game between the two sides on Wednesday, with CoLA winning the tie front running from the beginning and eventually taking it 75-51.

The first five minutes of the game started slowly with both sides exchanging early baskets, before a run of defensive stops for CoLA led to a 12-0 run to break the game open halfway through the first period. The quarter ended 23-6 in favour of the home side.

The second period saw Itchen get much more comfortable in the surroundings while also switching defenses which gave made CoLA have to adjust on offense. Luisa San Juan started to warm up for the visitors, with 10 points in the quarter from all over the court, but CoLA won the quarter 20-12 for a commanding half-time lead.

The third saw Itchen get back into it with great play from San Juan and Charlotte Finn, as both players were able to score at the basket with a variety of finishes to show the Hampshire side’s quality, as they took the quarter 13-15.

The game ended with a similarly competitive quarter as CoLA were able to pinch it 19-18, as the Itchen squad earned the respect of the home crowd with a very good second half showing.

CoLA were led in scoring by Ashana Hinds with 20 points, whilst Maya Hyacienth and Megan Haines chipped in 11 points apiece. Meanwhile, Itchen were paced by Finn and San Juan with 17 points apiece.

CoLA forward Adaobi Nebuwa said, “I felt we came out early and stamped our mark on the game in the first quarter, and after that it was a case of remaining consistent in our effort to seal the win. It was a nice afternoon where everyone got to play and we were able to try out some new things. Coach [Jackson Gibbons] said he was happy that everyone got this experience and that we are moving in the right direction.” 

Next week will see both teams in action again as CoLA make the trip to league leaders Copleston High School, while Itchen are also on the road as they travel to Oaklands College.