Wednesday 24th November saw Bexhill College Basketball Academy welcome Guildford County School for an AOC league fixture.
Bexhill began strong with a starting five of Reece Harrison, Joshua Bailley, Dan Diamond, Aryan Ahangar, and Truman Ainsley. Ahangar scored Bexhill’s first points of the match. Bexhill went basket for basket with Guildford with some impressive movement of the ball from Diamond leading to early points scored for Harrison, Ainsley, and Bailley. Ahangar was particularly effective on defence forcing Guildford to turnover the ball in the early stages.
In came some rotations with Harvey Hylands, Charlie Storrs, and Luke Bown.
Hylands demonstrated good playmaking qualities which helped put more points on the board for Bexhill by setting up strong 3 point shooting from Harrison. Storrs proved a challenge for Guildford under the basket with his rebounds and passing out to Bown who was a threat from the 3 point line. On came Dillon Byrne, Andrew Fraser-Hill and Oliver Tattersall who finished the first quarter strong for Bexhill. It was Guildford who led though, 26-17 after the first quarter.
Much was the same story in the second quarter with Dylan Best coming on to show good dribbling and passing ability. Great plays from Diamond and Hylands to Bailley and Truman helped Bexhill stay in touch with Guildford, as well as sharp shooting from Harrison who kept us in the match at times. Some Bexhill mistakes and strong work from Guildford meant the visitors were able to pull away just before the half. Score was 48-31 half time.
After the break Bexhill worked hard to reduce the deficit and did so with great 1-1 dribbling and finishing from Truman Ainsley, supported by Bailley with put backs on rebounds in the paint. Excellent free throw scoring from Storrs, Harrison, and Ahangar meant the Guildford lead was reduced to just 5. Byrne and Fraser-Hill came on to add a new dimension to the Bexhill play in an attempt to change things up, Fraser-Hill scored a well worked lay up and won some big rebounds, Byrne created lots of scoring opportunities with his smooth transitions, however Guildford coped well and were able to weather the storm, scoring points of their own. 66- 48 at the end of the third quarter.
The final quarter saw Bexhill having to start fast. Bexhill put everything into attacks, troubling the Guildford defence with some brilliant fast breaks. All members of the Bexhill squad were a part of this. However, the buckets just would not fall, though not for a lack of trying. Tattersall and Best came on the court to help speed up play an attempt to close the gap and Luke Bown added five fourth quarter points to the Bexhill score, including a deep three point shot which gave Bexhill a boost. Dan Diamond, Truman Ainsley, and Reece Harrison also scoring from three put pressure on Guildford, but they returned with clutch scoring of their own. Final score finished 81-65 to the visitors.
Bexhills player of the game was Reece Harrison, who finished with 17 points thanks to impressive three ball shooting, consistent free throw success.
Other notable mentions to Truman Ainsley who scored 13 points, and Aryan Ahangar who scored 10 points.
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