EABL Week 12 Round Up

The final week of action in the EABL for 2018 saw most teams relaxing as their Christmas break began. However, before the holidays could truly begin, there were three more contests to fit in, which saw Oaklands, Barking and Canterbury all pick up wins to head into the break on a high.

 

Southern Conference

Oaklands College picked up their first victory of the 2018/19 campaign, grabbing a 58-84 road win over SEEVIC College. A rearranged Monday night game went the visitors’ way after they stretched ahead in the second half, after a competitive first half of play. The hosts started out the aggressors, applying full-court pressure to lead 21-7. Oaklands regrouped to end the first quarter and carried their momentum into the second as a good quarter for the visitors saw them lead 30-40 as the teams headed for the locker rooms. The two teams battled hard after the break, but the final stanza saw Oaklands ramp up the pressure even more, pulling away to build a decisive lead. Chris Janes led the hosts with 17 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Rich Ashu finished with 19 points to pace Oaklands.

Copleston High School hosted reigning national champions Barking Abbey School, and it was the visitors who earned a hard fought 69-78 win on the road in Suffolk. Barking built a substantial lead in the second quarter, before the Ipswich-based squad mounted a trademark comeback, with a 15-2 run to pull within five going into the interval, down 30-35 at half-time. A competitive second half saw Copleston fight to maintain a single digit deficit, but Barking were able to hold their lead until the final buzzer. The visitors were led by 19 points from Tautvydas Mielauskas, while Jonathan Brown added 15. For Copleston, captain Ben Winter again was the leader with a game-high 22, while first year guard Jacob Morgan enjoyed his best game in the EABL, connecting on three triples on his way to adding a career high 17.

Canterbury High School moved to 7-3 in the EABL Southern Conference with a comprehensive 109-50 victory over SEEVIC College, winning all four quarters comfortably to head into the Christmas break off the back of three straight wins. The hosts started the game hot and never looked back, with Milo Gordon racking up 15 points in early going to pacing Canterbury to a 26-8 lead. After an offensive explosion in the third quarter, Canterbury’s scoring slowed down in the final stanza as both teams rotated their benches. Gordon threw down his fifth dunk late on as he finished with a career high 36 points, while Josh Moore added 20. Tendo Meseorisa and Jacob Weekes were the only SEEVIC players in double figures as they finished with 16 and 12, respectively.

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