Alec Reed Academy will travel to Leicester on March 22nd 2018 to play their first ever historic final in ABL competition. The semi -final game against last year winners St Charles was a ruthless display in efficiency and army like discipline. It has never been a secret that Alec Reed’s main weapons are located at the perimeter where the supreme talents of Victor Olarerin, Afra Khalil and Ellias Poorman are operating and this trio held the key our success. All of them exceeded expectations with Khalil and Poorman sharing point guard responsibilities and Olarerin terrorising defences with his rapier-like penetrations to the basket. When athletic forwards Davidas Golovcenko and Kevin Szczawinski found their range Alec Reed Academy started building a decisive lead in the last minutes of the second quarter allowing them to enjoy a 20 points lead after the interval. The second half was an exercise in trading points with St Charles never threating a come back allowing Alec Reed to sail to a fairly easy 92-73 win.
Delighted coach Szatkowski remained very realistic in his statement: “Obviously we are very happy with the performance of the entire team. We had 5 players scoring in double figures and we have played really good defence for most of the time. However, what really matters is winning the entire competition and that may or may not happen next Thursday at Leicester. We have to stay absolutely focused and make sure that we will deliver next week.”
Alec Reed Academy-St.Charles 92-73
V. Olarerin 27, E. Poorman 16, A. Khalil 14, D. Golovcenko 13, M. Edwards 10, K. Szczawinski 7, D. Mills 3, N. Ivey 2, K. Kolesnikovas 0, Z. Bentley 0, A. Yusuf 0, K. Hines 0.