Islington Panthers roar into second round of play-offs

Islington Panthers U18 basketball team (L to R): Jason Prince, Jordan Ogunleye, Joshua Akinbiyi, Dea

Islington Panthers U18 basketball team (L to R): Jason Prince, Jordan Ogunleye, Joshua Akinbiyi, Deandre Asare, Chiem Eluwa, Jesse Bilomba, Bami Sufiana, George Davis. - Credit: Archant

Islington Panthers U18s successful season continued as they reached the second round of the U18 play-offs.

The team, who have already won the South One U18 Conference League, defeated Bristol Academy Flyers 97-56 at St Aloysius College in round one.

Panthers lost just once on the road to the play-offs in 20 games and started this game off in fine style.

After the early exchanges where the teams were evenly matched, the cohesion of the Panthers was in evidence and by the end of the first quarter they had established a 28-16 lead.

Chiem Eluwa and Jason Prince were to the fore in the quarter, with Eluwa going on to score 26 points in the game.


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Georg Davis began to dominate the court for the Panthers who turned it up even further with a 29-9 second quarter for a 57-25 lead.

The third quarter continued in similar fashion and despite a late surge of pressure from the Bristol bench, the damage had been done.

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The Panthers now go to Premier League team London United, who are based at the Alec Reed Academy in Northolt, in round two this weekend.

Coach Will Akuffo said: “I am pleased with the way the boys performed. They worked hard as they have done all season and we look forward to taking on London United next weekend.”

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