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City of London Academy vs John Madejski Academy

City of London Academy opened up their WEABL campaign at home with a 59-63 loss to John Madejski Academy on Wednesday afternoon.

CoLA had only previously lost two games on their home court in three previous seasons in the WEABL, and they went into the game with momentum with the sides having played an extremely close match in the NBL the previous weekend.

The home side got off to a hot start behind the scoring of Amelia Sandie, taking a 6-2 lead early on. JMA continued to battle, not wanting it to be an easy afternoon for the south London outfit as Anabel Ciria was to be a strong force inside with six first quarter points to leave the score 16-17 to the visitors after the first period.

The second period mirrored the entire game as a back-and-forth affair, with no team taking more than a four point lead at any stage. The scoring was balanced and with no team able to pull away JMA went into the half with a two point lead.

The game remained close, right into the final minute, with Maya Hyacienth leading the way for CoLA with 23 points – including 17 in the second half. Paula Romero Tarrega had 15 points on the day, as the two guards went back-and-forth to try and will their teams to victory. With Hyacienth and Tarrega trading jump shots from all over the floor, it was the Berkshire-based academy that got the one key stop in the final 30 seconds, leaving CoLA having to foul to extend the game.

CoLA Coach Jackson Gibbons said, “First of all congratulations to JMA, this is the second time we have played them in five days and they are an outstanding team, our teams are well matched with both games going down to the wire. JMA made the plays down the stretch to take this victory in a tough environment.”

Coach Gibbons added, “A loss is always a measure of where you are as a team and, whilst it’s disappointing to lose our first game on our own court, it gives us an indication of the improvements we need to make moving forwards. It’s a long season and I’m sure we’ll come again.”

CoLA were led in scoring by Maya Hyacienth’s 23 point effort, supported by 13 points from Amelia Sandie as Ashana Hinds chipped in with nine points. Anabel Ciria led JMA with 17 points, supported by Paula Romero Tarrega and Noa Sanchez Marquez who added 15 and 13, respectively.

CoLA have a week off for half-term before they are next in action making the trip to Ipswich to face Copleston, while JMA will host defending national champions Barking Abbey.