EABL Week 9 Round Up

The EABL continued into Week 9 of the 2018/19 season on Wednesday, with many teams resuming league play after a round of AoC Sport Premier Cup fixtures. There were narrow victories in the Southern Conference for Itchen and CoLA, while Charnwood maintained their undefeated record in the Northern Conference.


Northern Conference

SGS College secured their first win of the season in the EABL Southern Conference with a 53-60 win on the road at The Sheffield College. A resilient and controlled performance in final quarter saw SGS take a close 53-60 win with Louis Weaver top scoring with 25 points. Sheffield were led by JJ Wright who finished with 17. Sheffield got support from Alex Lycoudis and Reyad West who combined for 20 points, whilst Sam Chigbo finished with 11 points for the visitors.

A dominant second period from James Watt College was the foundation for a hard-fought 80-87 road win over Newcastle Eagles Academy. Newcastle brought the game level at 72-72 with six minutes to play, but poor free throw shooting and careless turnovers allowed the visitors to take full advantage and battle well for a deserved win. Tosan Evboumwan led all scorers with 35 points for Newcastle, supported by 16 from Theo Riley and 15 from Dan Ridley. James Watt were led by Daniel Penkov’s 23 points, as Wakeem Richardson added 22 and Conor Lynch chipped in 18.

Charnwood College maintained their undefeated start in the EABL Northern Conference with a 98-56 home win over Manchester Magic Academy. After a rough start, the visitors fought back in the second quarter through some quality offence from Malachi Boakye-Yiadom, who led the visitors in scoring with 16 points; of which 12 points came in the second quarter alone. The depth of the Charnwood roster was an advantage once again for the home side, who got contributions from all 12 players which allowed them to play up-tempo for the entire 40 minutes. Niall Harris and Joe Bielak led the way with 18 apiece for the home side, followed by Blaize Sagna who added 13 of his own.

Myerscough College got an important away 63-86 win in this EABL Northern Conference contest after taking control in the first quarter, despite Blake Bowen netting the Derby Trailblazers Academy’s first eight points. The home side continued to work hard in the second half and were aided by some fine shooting from Tyler Mutemasango who hit six second half three-pointers to lead the Derby charge. However, Myerscough were able to maintain a comfortable advantage for the most part, as a nice alley oop dunk from Jamie Gray put the icing on the cake for the visitors.


Southern Conference

John Madejski Academy put in an excellent third quarter display on Wednesday afternoon to wrap up a 96-65 victory over Canterbury High School behind David Chive’s 21 points. Supporting David Chive for JMA was Adrian Nosa Castillo with 19 and Sam Grant with 18, whilst Asher Ndah chipped in 14 and Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo added 13. Milo Gordon led the Canterbury attack with 21 points, while Josh Moore added 15 and Jonathan Fakile finished with nine.

Itchen College held off what would have been a monumental comeback from Copleston to further strengthen their grip on a high playoff seeding as the two sides did battle in Suffolk, with the Hampshire side taking the contest 90-96. Copleston were able to cut the Itchen lead down to seven going into the final quarter, and their comeback did not stop there. Sharp three-pointers shooting saw Copleston bring things within just two points, but Itchen hung on and executed in the final seconds, converting from the foul line to turn their two point lead into a six point win. Turay led all scorers with 31 points, as Sochan supported with 20. Copleston got 25 from their own big man Ethan Price, in what was an epic duel between two of the top big men in the EABL. Veron Eze added 24 for the hosts.

Barking Abbey School continued their undefeated start to the EABL Southern Conference campaign with a 82-98 away win against Alec Reed Academy. The second period saw the visitors move things up a gear as they pulled away to safe 15 point lead at the break. Alec Reed battled throughout the second half, but failed to get the deficit back below 10 points, as Barking Abbey secured the win. Dovydas Golovcenko led the home team with 21 points, while Barking were paced by Chris Feeney who knocked down seven triples en route to a game-high 27 points.

Oaklands College hosted City of London Academy in a close physical battle on Wednesday afternoon, as the home side came up just short in a 55-61 loss. CoLA edged ahead to lead by 10 points at the half, before the third and fourth quarters remained tight. Oaklands will be kicking themselves after their inability to punish CoLA when at the free throw line – converting only 7/20 at the line was ultimately a big reason in the tight loss.

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