EABL Final Four Round Up

The top two seeds in the EABL will go head-to-head for the EABL Championship title on Thursday in Leicester, as BA look to defend their title against last year’s runners up, Myerscough.

Here is a recap of their Final Four match ups.

Myerscough College (1) vs Canterbury High School (2)

Edoardo Del Cadia scored a game-high 29 points and hit six 3-pointers as Myerscough defeated Canterbury 75-64 on Wednesday to advance to the EABL Finals.

“I had to step up, and when the first shot went in the rest followed,” said Del Cadia. “Players want to show that they can perform in big games and I wanted to be in the finals — as a team that’s where we wanted to be.”

Del Cadia scored 17 of his points in the first half including back-to-back triples to give Myerscough a 21-18 lead and force Canterbury into a timeout with 5:57 on the clock, and Sco wouldn’t trail again.

Two more timely 3-pointers from Del Cadia pushed Myerscough into a five-point advantage, which led to a 36-29 gap in favour of the hosts at halftime.

“Edoardo has has two solid performances back-to-back and today he was the best player on the court,” said Myerscough coach Neal Hopkins. “He’s come a long way and is a tough cover inside and out and he proved a handful with the diversity of his game.”

Myerscough used a 13-5 run to start the third quarter to grab a 49-34 lead, growing to as many as 16 after halftime. Canterbury, however, cut its deficit to nine with under three minutes remaining before Sco closed the game out at the line.

Konrad Kantorski added 16 points and Callan Low had 11 for Myerscough, which reached the finals for the third time in the last five years where it will face Barking Abbey next Thursday at Leicester Arena.

“I’m really proud of this group,” said Canterbury coach Jesse Sazant. “You look at the adversity we went through, but they still bought into what we wanted to do.

“We made the right adjustments at halftime and made good decisions, but the few times we had some real momentum, guys from Myerscough — credit to them — made big plays.”

Elliot Bailey had 21 points and Jonathan Brown added 16 to lead Canterbury in the loss.

Barking Abbey (1) vs Charnwood College (2)

Barking Abbey will be looking to defend their EABL national Championship title as they booked their ticket to the final with a 78-71 win over Charnwood College on Wednesday.

The game, which was a re-match of last year’s final, saw BA hold off a second half run from Charnwood before pulling away in the fourth for the win behind a 26-point, 13-rebound double double from Caleb Fuller.

Ade Adebayo added 14 points, whilst Theo Hughes joined them in double figures with 10.

“We’re delighted to make it back to the final again,” BA Head Coach Lloyd Gardner said.

“I thought in spurts we played really well in the game, but at other times there were definite areas for us to work on. I thought we had opportunities that we missed, especially on the offensive end.

“Obviously, a team like Charnwood are always going to make it a tough game so we’re pleased we showed the mental strength to get through their run in the third quarter and I thought down the stretch we played a pretty solid game.”

Charnwood were led by 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks from Hosana Kitenge, as five players reached double digits. Morgan Carter had 13, Sesan Russell and Niall Harris added 12 each, with Joe Bielak having 10.

BA went up double digits in the first half, to lead by 8 at halftime before Charnwood’s run at the start of the third which saw them take the lead.

The home side steadied the ship, responding to tie it up at the end of the third, before going on their own run to start the final period and take a lead they would not give up the rest of the way.

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