EABL Week 1 & 2 Round Up

After the opening fortnight of the EABL 2018/19 season, we take a look back at the first two game days of the year and recap the action so far.

Read on to find out about the early form across the Northern & Southern Conferences:

 

Northern Conference

Manchester Magic Academy got their season off to a winning start as they defeated EABL newcomers The Sheffield College 88-42 at home. Magic were paced on the day by Malachi Boakye-Yiadom’s 14 point effort, while JJ Wright led Sheffield as he also dropped 14 points. Saul May caught a body in transition as he topped the EABL Top 10 Plays for Week 1.

Derby Trailblazers Academy hosted fellow East Midlands side Charnwood College, and it was the visitors who took home the spoils, winning 76-101. There was a good performance from second year guard Niall Harris, who led Charnwood with 24 points, while Derby were led by 15 points from Tzion Essel Jaji.

The final action in the North to roundup Week 1 was James Watt College making the trip down to SGS College. JWC got their season off to a good start with a 45-77 victory, paced by Cameron Samuels and Luke Caulwell who had 18 and 17, respectively. Louis Weaver had 13 points in the loss for SGS.

 

Sheffield’s tough start to the EABL continued into Week 2, as they faced a talented Charnwood College squad. Charnwood were the victors on the day to the tune of 109-56 as they moved to 2-0 in Northern Conference play. Nial Harris was again a key factor, leading the Riders with 20 points, supported by Hosana Kitenge’s 17.

Derby went into Week 2 searching for their first victory, and were successful on their home floor as they defeated James Watt College 85-66. Blake Bowman lead the charge on the day with 19 points, while Ian Rodriguez had 17 for the visitors.

The EABL debut for Newcastle Eagles Academy could not have gone better, as Coach Ian Macleod’s side grabbed a 80-70 victory over SGS College. The Eagles debut win was led by Theo Ridley’s 23 point effort, while SGS were led by 20 points from Marvin Dinnall.

 

Southern Conference

Week 1 of the EABL Southern Conference got underway with reigning national champions grabbing a routine 93-58 win over Copleston High School, behind a Player of the Week worthy effort from Nathaniel Powell. Powell had 23 points and 13 rebounds as he led his squad to an opening day win.

An exciting debut performance in the EABL for Alec Reed Academy grabbed them a 91-94 road victory over Oaklands College, behind strong play from Elias Poorman. Meanwhile, Oaklands were led by a 24 point effort from point guard Jose Morais.

BHASVIC hosted City of London Academy in their season opener, and went down 45-78 in a disappointing performance for Coach James Quinto’s side. CoLA were led by 14 points from Taiga Foster in a balanced scoring effort, while freshman Ben Hayward paced the south coast squad with 16 points.

SEEVIC College makes its return to the EABL this season after a few years in the ABL, and their Week 1 encounter wasn’t the warm welcome they wished for. Canterbury High School grabbed a 29-80 road win on the day, behind 20 points from guard Chester Morrell.

Wrapping up Week 1 of the Southern Conference, John Madejski Academy opened their season with a hard fought 84-78 home win over Itchen College. JMA were led by 21 points from Adrian Nosa Castillo, while Jeremey Sochan had 25 for Itchen.

 

Moving on to Week 2 in the South, SEEVIC’s woes continued as they dropped to 0-2 after a 74-45 loss on the road at CoLA. James Oldham led the travelling side with 10 points, while Dylan Darbin had 17 to pace the London side.

Alec Reed moved to 2-0 with another nail-biter, as they overcame JMA in overtime 87-86. Another strong performance from Elias Poorman saw him lead Alec Reed with 22 points, while David Chive had 19 to lead JMA.

Meanwhile, down in Ipswich, Copleston High School improved to 1-1 with a convincing 102-76 win over Oaklands. The visiting Hertfordshire squad were led by Ope Afolabi’s 11 points, while Copleston saw Ben Winter drop 29 points, with Veron Eze adding 26. Ethan Price had a performance Player of the Week worthy performance, as he poured in 28 points, while adding 17 rebounds and five blocks.

Barking Abbey improved to 2-0 as they went on the road and won a close one down in Kent, defeating Canterbury 70-79. A balanced scoring effort for BA was led by Jonathan St. Hilaire’s 17 points, while Milo Gordon had 16 to pace Canterbury.

Wrapping up the Week 2 action in the South, BHASVIC’s struggles continued as they went on the road to face Itchen and came away with a lopsided 94-25 loss. Big man Peter Turay led Itchen with 16 points, supported by 15 from Rhys Sundimalt.

 

That wraps up the opening fortnight of the EABL, ready for another exciting round of games in Week 3!

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