Ashburton College took on Christchurch Boys High School on Tuesday night at Oxford Street, coming away with a thrilling 88-81 win.
Here’s the game as Ashcoll coach Brian Kerr saw it:
The College boys had a great start as they implemented their offensive play against CBHS’s man-to-man defence. College also matched up with their own man-to-man defence and displayed a good intensity which put pressure on their opponents.
It took CBHS time to adjust as they worked their way back into the game, however College were able to repel their charge and took a 24–18 lead going into the second quarter.
College started well again but again CBHS weren’t going anywhere. In fact they finished the half off better and had cut the deficit in half as they trailed 45–42.
The all-important third quarter was absorbing as CBHS dropped back to a zone defence which helped utilise their bigs especially on the defensive boards. College narrowly ahead 64–62 after another good finish by CBHS.
Early in the fourthth quarter CBHS were able to take a narrow 1-point lead and it looked like it could be a turning point but College replied with a couple of important 3-pointers to give them some breathing space back out to 5 points. From here both teams pushed each other hard, however College remained ahead.
With a couple of minutes to go, College had a momentary lapse and managed to turn the ball over several times. Luckily they went relatively unpunished so they were able to maintain their lead. A time out was needed to calm the nerves.
From here they played composed basketball which forced CBHS having to resort to fouling to put College to the line. They were able to convert from the charity line to edge their way to a deserved 88–81 win.
For College, Kambell Stills was outstanding. He played the whole game and was a real handful on the offensive end as well as cleaning up numerous defensive rebounds for a man of the match display. He finished with 35 points including one 3-pointer.
Jamie Reid had a top game as well finishing with 19 points (three 3-pointers). He drove well to the basket as well as showing off his defensive skills. Riley Sa continued to impress at both ends of the court. Along with Reid, they hit three crucial 3-pointers to regain the lead halfway through the fourth quarter to take the game away from CBHS.
Jacob Tallentire was tireless on defence. However it was the fourth quarter he showed his offensive rebounding skills pinching at least half a dozen rebounds which allowed College to regain possession and work the clock.
It was the defensive effort that got the boys across the line. They were aggressive and scrapped for everything and were able to maintain that intensity throughout. A real morale booster.
College take on STAC next Tuesday.