EABL Week 4 Round Up

Officially one month into the season and  there is still all to play for, as 12 games were played in Week 4. Read on to find out what happened across all four conferences.

North Sea Conference

In the NSC there were two match-ups in Week 4, with Loreto continuing to get a stranglehold of first place in the table, as they took down Childwall with a dominant 89-37 effort.

Loreto moved to 3-0 in the EABL this season, as none of their opponents have been able to get closer than 25 points of them.

The other game saw another team keep their perfect record intact, as Preston took care of business against Priestley, with an 80-74 victory to improve to 2-0.

Preston move up to second in the table, whilst Priestley dropped to 2-2 but remain firmly in third place.

 

North Sea Conference Standings.

All Midlands Conference

After  a week break from AMC action, Week 4 saw all 8 teams facing off.

Derby College/Noel Baker School continued their strong start to the season, moving to 3-0 after taking down All Saints Academy 74-67 led by 12 points and 9 rebounds from Deivids Kravelis. Derby’s switch to a zone defence in the second half proved to be the undoing of All Saints, who struggled after scoring just 7 points in the third period.

“We really struggled in the 3rd quarter – we stopped moving and passing quickly against the zone and attacking them,” said All Saints’ Eddie Brownell, who finished with 15 points. “This gives us something to work on this week and be ready for the next zone we meet.”

A nail-biting finish between Moulton and Birmingham Met saw Moulton come away with their first win of the season, a 73-72 victory after Birmingham Met missed a pair of potential game-winning free throws in the dying seconds. Moulton’s Linas Bajorunas hit the eventual game winner in the last minute, finishing with a game-high 27 points, along with 10 rebounds.

“Birmingham are a very fine team, today they didn’t perform to their potential and definitely lost their focus late in the game,” said a pleased Moulton Head Coach John Collins after the game. “As far as my team is concerned, we tried to keep to our game plan and for the most part we achieved this.”

Milton Keynes moved one game above .500 with a 98-29 victory over TCAT, as Michael New registered the first triple double of the EABL season 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals.

TCAT continue searching for answers as they dropped to 0-3 on the season, being the only team in the AMC having not registered a win.

The final game of the week in the Midlands, saw Charnwood take down Gateway 66-53 in a local derby, becoming another team in the EABL to stay perfect.

Charnwood now sit in second place in the AMC at 3-0, with Josh McSwiggan and Jamie Percival being too early standouts.

All Midlands Conference Standings.

South East Conference

In the South East, Oaklands continue to chase Barking Abbey for first place, as they took down Canterbury 80-47 to move to 2-0.

A key third period sealed the game for Oaklands, before Canterbury got hampered by injuries and foul trouble, being forced to play the last 6 minutes of the game with just four players. Bernadas Sileika led Oaklands with 17 points, whilst Tyler Russell led Canterbury with 18 points, (5/8 from field), 6 rebounds and 4 assists before leaving early in the 4th with an injury.

Hackney Community College got a dominant 90-59 win over SEEVIC, despite 27 points from SEEVIC’s Wood. SEEVIC drop to 0-3, sitting at the bottom of the table, whilst Hackney moved up to sixth place.

In the other local derby of Week 4, Copleston came away with a 78-69 victory over County Upper behind an EABL season-high 37 points from Luke Mascall-Wright.

Mascall-Wright had 20 of his 37 in the third quarter, where Copleston held County Upper to just a six point period and took a commanding 67-50 lead into the fourth quarter, to pick up their first win of the season.

South East Conference Standings.

South West Conference

In the South West, Itchen climbed to the top of the table with an 83-62 victory over Ealing, Hammersmith, & West London College, behind 35 points from from Elliot James.

James’ scoring outburst represents the second highest tally by an individual in the EABL this season, as he went 6/10 from beyond the arc.

“We knew today was going to be a very tough and physical game,” said James. “We made a point of trying to control the paint and win the rebounding battle. Our ball movement and shooting percentage was the best it has been this year, which everyone was very happy about”

BHASVIC moved up the table with a 99-64 win over Aylesbury, after 31 points from Ballone and 22 from Max Richardson. The second quarter proved to be decisive as BHASVIC opened up a 30 point lead which they never relinquished

In the final game of the week, Ivybridge secured an 83-52 victory over The Henley College, as Jordan McClellend went off for 32 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists on 9/14 shooting, to help Ivybridge move to 2-0.

Henley continue to look for their first win of the season at 0-3.

South West Conference Standings.

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