Long Road College welcomed Mayfield College for the opening day of the ABL East Division The game didn’t disappoint as the vibrant Cambridge Crowd were entertained from start to finish with a tight and highly contested game which saw the visitors come out on top by 2pts 58 – 56.
The game started with a frantic pace with the Cambridge Academy starting strong with a 12 – 3 run behind strong defence and explosive offence from Tash Chawira who finished top scorer for Long Road with 17pts whilst also contributing 9 rebounds. However after a timeout from Mayfield they settled into the game and it was clear that it was going to be nip and tuck all the way. Long Road continued their strong play in the 1st quarter and finished up 21 – 15 after one.
The second quarter was very even and J. Jacobs was finishing strong around the hoop as Mayfield began to put more pressure on Long Road. Jacobs finished with game high 18pts for the visiting Mayfield college. However Long Road continued to keep Mayfield at bay with some good shooting from D. Batcheler and a three pointer from V. Cailao on the buzzer to end the first half meant the Cambridge Academy had a 5pt lead at the half 34 – 29
After early exchanges in the third quarter Mayfield switched their defensive to a 2-3 zone and caused Long Road to turn the ball over leading to some easy fast break opportunities and they closed the gap to two points, however a late 8-2 run by Long Road meant they were still in front going into the fourth quarter 46 – 42.
A strong start to the 4th quarter saw Mayfield take the lead for the first time in the game like Long Road were struggling physically but a quick 5 – 0 run behind a step back three from D. Batcheler saw them retake the lead going into the final stages of the game. However the game was decided at the free throw line down the stretch with Mayfield going 5/6 to finish the game and Long Road 1/4 and with time running out down by 2pts Long Road were unable to get a final shot off with the visitors taking the game by 2pts
Coach Charlwood said, “We looked really strong in the 1st quarter and we played a pretty solid game but overall we made too many errors particularly on the offensive end with too many crucial turnovers. We had opportunities today but weren’t able to execute the final pass or finish down the stretch particularly against their Zone defence.”
Top performers in the game were J Jacobs for Mayfield with 18pts and 9 rebounds and T. Chawira for Long Road with 17pts and 9 rebounds. E. Jolaoluwa also added 16pts fo Mayfield whils other noticeable performances for Long Road we D. Batcheler with 12pts and K. Holmes was a monster on the boards bringing down 18 Rebounds.
Next week Long Road travel to New City College for their second league game