Myerscough Crowned 2015 EABL National Champions

Myerscough College were crowned the 2015 EABL National Champions with a 70-56 victory over SGS College on Saturday evening at UEL SportsDock.

Emmanuel Kabengele picked up MVP, with a 13 point, 13 rebound double double, as SGS had no answer for the Myerscough side who turned it up in the second half to pull away in the third quarter for good.

It is only Myerscough’s second year in existence as a basketball programme, and what a second year it has been, claiming four national titles, with the EABL Championship being the icing on the cake.

Myerscough also gained revenge for their Elite 8 exit last year, which was at the hands of their final opponents, SGS.

“Unbelievable,” said an elated Neal Hopkins, Head Coach of Myerscough.

“These guys have worked tirelessly all year, the staff have worked tirelessly all year. I want to thanks all the guys that have been involved back at Myerscough, and the college for backing us and putting us in a position where we can compete at the highest level.”

Kiko Stavrev added a 16 point, 10 rebound double double and Tadhg Hickey joined them in double figures with 10 points.

Kabengele earned himself the nickname the “manchild” for his physicality on the glass and dominance inside throughout the Final Four.

“It feels great (to win),” said Kabengele, who is looking at options in both the US and Europe for next season.

“The fact that we’ve won four national titles this year, makes it even better.”

With Myerscough unable to shake SGS in the first half, it was the third quarter where they took control.

“We only had a 10 point lead at half time,” Kabengele added. “Coach Neal just told us to step it up, not slack off as they could comeback anytime and that’s what we did and ended up winning.”

SGS were led by 22 points and 10 rebounds from Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye, but were harassed into just 9% shooting from beyond the arc (2/22) and 32% from the field, as they were unable to get the storybook ending they were looking for. The defeat marked the third consecutive year they have fallen in the EABL Championship Final.

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