Burnley Blaze 89, Bradford College 34

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Burnley College’s Basketball Academy, Burnley Blaze, has made a winning start to its season, beating Bradford College 89-34.

Assistant coach Tim Redfearn said: “We were consistent throughout the game, scoring more than 20 points in each quarter.

“The Bradford players couldn’t contend with the power of Aiman Rezk and Andy James showed his athleticism throughout the game with a number of rebounds.

“Our quick play left Bradford struggling to keep up and, although they had a strong third quarter, they didn’t make any real impact on the game.

“Overall it was a strong team performance and one we will build on throughout the season as we look to emulate our success of last year.”

The Football Academy’s second team beat Preston College’s first team 2-1 in a competitive and closely fought game.

Advanced Level Sport Studies student Mateusz Kapica and Advanced Level Sport Science student Connor Hall were the game’s goal scorers.

Coach Gerry Harrison said: “Preston were a very strong side and missed numerous chances in the first half, but after leading 1-0 at half time, our boys played with much more confidence in the second half and created more chances.

“With 10 minutes to go Connor Hall scored a contender for the goal of the season, receiving the ball on the left, flicking it inside and taking a few touches infield before curling it into the far top corner.

“Preston scored with a few minutes to go to create a nail biting finish but we were really pleased to take the win.

“Special mention has to go to Sport Studies student Joe Rigby who was fantastic at the back for us.

“He played with leadership and passion and inspired the other players to do the same.”

In addition to the Football and Basketball academies, Burnley College also runs Netball, Golf and Rugby academies and has a Badminton Academy planned for next year.