Northfleet Tech V Gateway College Match Report U19s National Cup
Northfleet Tech beat Gateway College in the Academies Basketball League Quarter-Finals, winning 82-75.
Gateway started the game which greater composure than the hosts, and were first to the hustle plays and out rebounded the home team. The game went back and forth with both teams feeling the pressure of the game, Gateway however held a slim 3 point advantage at the end of the first quarter with a score of 23-20. The game continued in the same vain in the second quarter with the lead changing hands 5 times with Gateway leading 37-36 at the end of the first half.
Northfleet came out in the third with renewed confidence and determination and took control leading by as many as 11. Akin and Bignell combining for 16 points in the third with the hosts leading 61-51. Both teams traded baskets with the game in the balance, but Northfleet’s lead never went below 7 and the home team held out to secure a spot in the semi-final, winning the contest 82-75.
Dan Akin led the hosts with 24, with Sam Bignell and Tumi Olojede added 18 and 14 respectively. Gateway were led by Binning with 15, while Lawal and Abbott added 13 and 11 for the visitors.
Dan Akin said ‘We did a great job slowing down their main scorer today and really worked hard for each other. We know we have room for improvement but we got the win and this will give us time to improve and look forward to the next test the play-offs will bring’
Coach Parry said ‘We struggled in certain areas of our game plan today but managed to execute in key aspects which helped us to win the game. We were out worked in the first half so credit should go to Gateway who pushed us throughout. We composed ourselves in the second and worked hard to win our individual and team battles.’
‘These are the games that we as a team want to play every week, but we know we can’t play the same way again if we wish to compete for a national title. Everyone in the locker room knows this and we will be back in the video room and on the floor tomorrow.’
Northfleet will now face Preston away next Wednesday as both teams look to reach the ABL finals in Leicester the following Wednesday.