EABL Week 6 Round Up

The 2018/19 EABL season continued into Week 6 on Wednesday, with plenty more teams seeing their first action after the half-term break. In a week which saw some of the most exciting and nail-biting games so far this season, there’s plenty to catch up on in this week’s EABL Weekly Round Up!

 

Northern Conference

We were treated to a clash of the top two teams in the Northern Conference this week, as powerhouses Charnwood College and Myerscough College squared off. The East Midlands academy picked up a 73-67 win on their home floor to deal Myerscough their first loss of this campaign. The hosts led by 14 at the half after a hot start shooting the ball and even though Myerscough’s defense got them back into the contest, it was too little, too late as Charnwood took the narrow win.

Another exciting close encounter took place in the North East as Manchester Magic Academy visited Newcastle Eagles Academy. The hosts got off to a good start, building a 32-16 lead after the first quarter. The Magic would rally, and get themselves ahead by five headed into the final stanza, but a Tosan Evbuomwan and-one put the hosts up by one late-on. A desperation attempt at a game-winning three from Malachi Boakye-Yiadom rimmed out under pressure in the dying seconds, giving Newcastle a 74-73 win to improve to 2-3. The Eagles were led by 21 points from Tosan Evbuomwan, as Theo Riley added 15 and Jeremy Lievin had 13. Ty Jordan paced the Magic with 23 points, with Josh Grant chipping in 13 and Malachi Boakye-Yiadom adding 11.

James Watt College secured big 57-86 win on the road at The Sheffield College, as the West Midlands side improved to 2-2 on the season in the Northern Conference. A depleted Sheffield squad struggled to break down a well-organised Birmingham defence throughout the game, allowing the visitors run away with the contest. James Watt were paced by 22 points from Wakeem Richardson, as Ian Rodriguez added 19 and Daniel Penkov chipped in 18. Sheffield were led by JJ Wright who finished with 14 points in the loss.

Derby Trailblazers Academy picked up a comfortable away win on Wednesday afternoon as they defeated SGS College 46-94, after a strong start gave them an early double digit lead and they never looked back. A solid half-time lead was only increased as the third quarter saw Derby push on once more, winning the quarter by a 20 point margin, before adding to their lead further in the final stanza. Luke Pope led Derby with 16 points including four triples, with Blake Bowman and Tzion Essel Jaji added 11 points apiece. Marvin Dinnall led SGS College with 13 points in the loss.

 

Southern Conference

The first game of Week 6 action in the Southern Conference saw Alec Reed Academy continue its unbeaten start to the season with a 69-58 win over City of London Academy in a rare Tuesday night EABL Southern Conference match-up. With Alec Reed up by 10 coming out of the half, the hosts came out slow to begin the third quarter, which saw CoLA take a three point lead halfway through the period. However, Alec Reed were able to bounce back and reclaim a narrow five point lead heading into the final stanza, before executing on offence in the crucial moments late in the game, sealing an 11-point win. Mo Adan led all scorers with 18 points for Alec Reed, supported by Dovydas Golovcenko who added 14 and while Webster had 12. The visitors were paced by 11 points from Taiga Forster in the loss.

In another game that came own to the final play, a thrilling encounter between Copleston High School and Canterbury High School came down to a last second three-point attempt from the hosts’ Ben Winter as Canterbury grabbed a hard-earned 62-60 victory on the road in Suffolk. Winter’s shot rimmed out, as the visitors secured a crucial win, led by 22 points from Josh Moore to improve to 3-2 in the Southern Conference. Copleston were paced by 18 from Ethan Price in a loss which sees them fall to 4-2.

Itchen College narrowly lost out 81-85 to Barking Abbey School at home on Wednesday afternoon, a win which sees the reigning national champions continue their unbeaten run, now 4-0 in the Southern Conference. Jeremy Sochan split a pair of potentially game-tying free throws down the stretch to see Itchen remain down by one, 81-82, as the hosts were then forced to foul and put Robin Bedford at the line. Bedford also went one-for-two at the stripe as Barking held an 81-83 lead. Itchen would rebound Bedford’s miss, before Matt Hughes had a look at a triple which would not connect. Itchen had to foul for the final time, giving Chris Feeney the chance to ice the game at the line, as Barking took the narrow win. The Barking victory was paced by Nathaniel Powell’s 16 points, as Ade Adebayo and Jonathan Brown had 12 apiece. Itchen were led by 22 points from Jeremy Sochan, while Peter Turay added 21 and Matt Hughes chipped in 11.

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