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Copleston High School 56 – 90 John Madejski Academy

In what was supposed to be a battle between the top two teams in the league, two undefeated teams, things quickly turned into something of a formality for both side as John Madejski Academy secured a 90-56 win.

When a terrible injury suffered by Copleston’s Susannah Rafiu occurred early in the second quarter, the game was effectively over.

As a result Copleston, who were already without three key players, went down to just five players for the game’s remaining thirty minutes.

Although the home side battled hard, JMA were already holding an eight point advantage at the time of the injury and were ruthless throughout,rotating through their talented roster without the team losing any of its dominance.

Ipswich battled hard but would eventually and understandably tire, creating something of a non-event in what was supposed to be the biggest game of the season. JMA keep their foot on the pedal for the full forty minutes, running out comfortable winners.

“This was always going to be tough for us, we just have had no luck with injuries,” said Copleston head coach Nick Drane.

“But credit to JMA, they were very thorough and made sure they held a big head-to-head advantage going into the return game next month. They are a very good team.

“What happened with Susannah is just tragic, such a talented kid who has such a bright future – it’s fair to say we were all elsewhere during that game.

“But to be frank, JMA were in total control before the injury so I am not convinced the outcome would have been any different. They are an awesome team.”

JMA are away at CoLA next week while Copleston now don’t play until 2020, with the hope that a break in the schedule allows their roster to rest up and get back into action.