EABL Final Four Round Up

It will be defending champions Charnwood College facing off against Barking Abbey in the 2017 EABL Championship Final next Wednesday in Leicester after both teams won their respective semi-finals.

Barking Abbey (1) vs Myerscough College (2)

Barking Abbey became the first team to advance to the EABL Championship Final after a 73-61 win over Myerscough in the semi-final on Wednesday afternoon at Barking Abbey Leisure Centre.

In a scrappy affair from start to finish, it wasn’t until the final minutes of the fourth quarter that BA pulled away for good, turning up the pressure after leading by just two entering the final period.

Amin Adamu and RJ Eytle-Rock led BA with 18 points a piece, whilst Dan Akin joined them in double figures with 13.

Ayo Nuwe single handedly kept Myerscough in it at times, knocking down seven three pointers on his way to 21 points, Zion Tordoff had 10, whilst Edoardo Del Cadia finished with 8.

“Obviously we are delighted to make the final in the EABL,” said BA Head Coach Lloyd Gardner.

“I don’t think there will be many style points awarded for the game the way it was played, but at the end of the day, the key thing was to win and that’s exactly what we did.

“We dealt with adversity in the second quarter really well when Myerscough hit a lot of tough shots, they shot it really well and they’re a good team, so for us to win a game like that we’re really pleased.

“But we know we will have to play better, and we can perform better than we did on the day. I thought we played quite tight which surprised me, but we’re on to the final now and it’s an opportunity for us to win the Championship.”

Charnwood College (1) vs Itchen College (2)

Defending champions Charnwood College Riders advanced to the EABL final for the second straight year with a comfortable 113-77 win over Itchen College on Wednesday.

Johde Campbell led Charnwood with an impressive 37 point haul for the home team.

“Firstly, credit to Itchen on a great season. Matt Guymon and Jack O’Keefe have done a great job with their team.

“I’m really proud of our team today. We had a bit of a rocky start but we picked it up. It feels great to be going back to the final, these players have worked incredibly hard all season. They deserve this opportunity.”

Charnwood captain David Issekya was please with his team’s performance:

“I’m really proud of the guys and the coaching staff for making it to the finals for the second year in a row. We earned a little celebration at the end of the game but tomorrow it’s back to work preparing for the final next week.”

Sesan Russell (19), Morgan Carter (13) and Henri Langton (10) all joined Campbell in double figures for Charnwood. Sam Van Oostrum led Itchen with 16 points. He was supported by Williams (15), Adam Riabi (13) and Vaighan Browne (11) who also reached double figures.

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