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Copleston High School v City of London Academy

Copleston 42 – City of London Academy 43

 In a game that would decide the eventual winners of the WEABL South Conference, the big crowd inside the Copleston Centre were treated to one of the most intense games of basketball you will see at any level. It was clear from the tip that both teams, and everyone inside the gym knew that the stakes were high, and this was reflected in a low scoring affair with high level defence being the order of the day for both teams.

 The teams traded baskets early in the game, with the score tied at just seven point apiece after the first period. Things didn’t speed up much in the second quarter with Copleston gaining a slight edge, taking a 21-15 lead into the interval.

 The third quarter would see a reverse of the previous period, with CoLA gaining the edge, in a slightly higher scoring affair, with the London side clawing the lead back within two going into the game’s final quarter.

 The final quarter had all the drama any game needs. The lead changed hands multiple times, with but neither team led by more than two points at any time during the period. With CoLA holding a slender one-point lead with fifteen seconds to play, Ella Pearson stole the ball after a CoLA player tripped, to give Copleston a one-point lead with eleven seconds to go. After advancing the ball from a time out, CoLA had the chance for one final play. Although the Copleston defence made life difficult for their opponents, CoLA were able to get the ball to Jade …….. who was able to make a tough, off balance, left hand lay-up. As the clock wound down Copleston had time for one last possession but CoLA’s swarming defence ensure IBA couldn’t get a shot away before the buzzer. Final score Copleston 42 CoLA 43.

The win gives CoLA the head-to-head advantage over Copleston with the two teams having the same record, giving CoLA the South Conference title and home court throughout the WEABL Playoffs.

 After the game Copleston Coach Nick Drane said “What a great game. Losing sucks, but we went to overtime with them at their place and lost by one at home. People need to recognize that CoLA have probably been the best programme in the country at the academy/u18 level for about four years now – and this season we are right there with them. Although we lost, this performance gives me a great deal of confidence as we go into the post season. All credit to Jackson and his team, as always they were a class act on and off the court”.

Copleston were led by nineteen points from Esther Little, with Ella Pearson again in double figures with thirteen. CoLA were led by Jade Guidiod-Duncan’s eleven, supported by ten from Megan Haines.

 Both teams have earned home court advantage in the playoffs first round. CoLA will host Oaklands while Copleston will have Myerscough College visit Suffolk.