EABL Week 18 Round Up

As the end of the regular season continues to draw closer, Week 18 provided some impressive action, with teams competing hard to improve their position in the EABL standings.


Southern Conference


In the Southern conference, Canterbury triumphed on the road, 79- 60 over Oaklands College. The away side started as expected with a quick 4-0 lead from E. Sesay and S. Alajiki contributing 2 points each. Simeon Douglas continued to show the improvements he has made this season for the home team by disrupting Canterbury’s scoring and adding 2 points of his own. Both teams battled hard and Oaklands were determined to match Canterbury’s intensity as the first quarter finished 22-22. Canterbury started to show their strengths and abilities as they stretched the lead to finish the first half up 10 with the scores at 33- 43. Oaklands continued to battle defensively but struggled to find away to execute offensively, as Canterbury stretched the lead going into the fourth. Oaklands attempts of responding came too late as Canterbury pushed ahead to secure the victory 79- 60.

John Madejski Academy made it back to back wins on Wednesday afternoon when they comfortably beat SEEVIC 110-30 in Reading behind James Jolly’s 25 point haul. JMA went into a quick lead early in the game and after 5 minutes were 13-4 to the good. Their offensive efficiency continued throughout the second half and saw the home team take a 50-23 lead at the interval. After the break it became one way traffic as JMA had their highest scoring quarter of the game, pouring in 32 points whilst holding their opponents to just three, as the home team led 82-26 after the first 30 minutes of action. The final quarter followed suit as Coach Keane was able to give his starters a well deserved breather and James Jolly scored 13 of his 25 points, as JMA ran out winners against a plucky SEEVIC team with the final score 110-30.

BHASVIC played their second game of the week as they welcomed top of the league opposition Barking Abbey. The visitors had a big third quarter run as they ran away with the game 99-40. The home side started strong and composed with an 8-2 run by the visitors which saw them leading at the end of the quarter 20-12. The start of the second was a similar story, as BHASVIC tried to stay within touching distance at 24-17 but a 24-8 run from Barking saw them stretch the lead to 51-25 at the half. In the second half, the visitors piled on more pressure as they stepped up their defense, while BHASVIC’s fatigue started to show as they struggled on the offensive end. This allowed Barking to go on a 19-0 run in the third quarter and a 13-2 run early in the fourth.

Alec Reed handed Itchen their third  loss of the season on Wednesday behind 25 points from Golovcenko. Alec Reed jumped into early lead with some hot shooting from outside arch opening the game with 7 consecutive 3 pointers. The second quarter saw Itchen improving their defence which caused problems for Alec Reed. However, guards Adan and Poorman took over game with their full court pressure restoring hosts to another double-digit lead. After half time break, it was Alec Reed who came out more focused as they extended their lead to 21 points at end of third behind some great offence displays from Poorman and Golovcenko. Despite these events, Itchen never looked to give up and after improved shooting from outside were able to cut Alec Reed’s lead to just 6 points with 3 minutes to go before Golovcenko put game to sleep and helped secure the win 88-75 over the visitors.

Copleston pulled off a remarkable fourth quarter comeback to win against City of London Academy and move to 9-7 in the EABL South Conference. CoLA were in control from the opening tip, not losing a quarter until the games finale, but when it mattered, Copleston were able to make key plays at both ends of the floor, turning around a twelve point deficit into a four point win. For CoLA, it was Patrick Lanipekun who led from the front and was the games high man with twenty-one point, supported by 11 from Taiga Forster and 10 from Louie Norton. Copleston got another solid performance from Ethan Price who dominated at both ends with 16 points and thirteen rebounds, while Ben Winter top scored with nineteen. Elsewhere, Veron Eze added another eighteen to his season tally while the emerging Jacob Morgan collected sixteen of his own, as Copleston pulled off the come-from-behind 82-78 win.

Thursday saw last weeks postponed fixture between CoLA and Alec Reed take place. The first half seemed to be dominated by Alec Reed guard Elais Poorman, however, a fightback from CoLA and their full court press left the scores at 41-41 at the half. The second half was a seesaw affair with both Academy’s taking the lead at various points. Patrick Lanipekun attempted to bring some order to the scrappy play whilst Alec Reed guard Moh Adan battled with Tyreese Garrod and Dylan Darbin. The game was ultimately one that the players would decide. Darbin and Lanipekun made some big shots down the stretch to give CoLA a narrow 2 point lead going into the final 20 seconds. Then with the game on the line, an unfortunate technical for Alec Reed gave CoLA a 3 point lead and with time expiring. Their last ditch effort fell just short and CoLA managed to end their three game losing streak and returned to winning ways.


Northern Conference


In the Northern Conference Amari Williams scored 22 points to lead Myerscough to a 91-79 win over Derby on Wednesday, scoring eight-straight points early in the third quarter to break the game open. Lewis McGlasson and Callan Low hit four 3-pointers each on their way to 18 points a piece. Myerscough (11-2), led by eight at halftime before surging to a 65-50 advantage off a Corey Samuels’ 3-pointer with 6:06 left in the third quarter. Demi Adenuga would drill a three of his own to push the gap out to 19. Blake Bowman responded for Derby by converting a 3-point play to bring his side within 9 at the 3:02 mark of the fourth, but would get no closer. A quick 4-0 burst out of a timeout extended Myerscough’s lead back to double-digits and saw them secure the win at the final buzzer.

The Northern Conference leaders Charnwood College made the trip to Manchester to face the Magic Academy with the visitors racing off to a 9-0 run to start the game, forcing the Magic into an early timeout. The home side struggled to find the net but were kept in the game through some good offensive rebounding. The fight back was short lived however, as Charnwood finished the quarter with multiple run outs in transition due to a handful of careless turnovers. They continued to extend the lead in the second period behind the dominant inside scoring from Hosana Kitenge, who finished the game with a team high 19 points. Moving into the second half, the Magic found themselves down 42-27 and it was looking to get worse as the points difference increased to 20. However, Manchester’s Josh Grant sparked into life and scored an impressive 10 points in the third on his way to a game high 23 points personal. The game would eventually finish 85-67 to Charnwood College who remain undefeated in conference play.

James Watt College defeated Newcastle Eagles Academy at home on Wednesday, with a final score of 94-67. The home side smothered Newcastle in the opening of the game, taking away their space and contesting every shot which allowed them to jump out to a 14 – 2 score after 5 minutes. The home side persisted with their relentless play and piled on the points, but Newcastle found eventually found their rhythm and were able to score some consistent points for the remainder of the quarter. Newcastle continued their run into the second period, however, James Watt continued their scoring to finish the half with a score of 51-32. The visitors struggled to maintain their intensity from the second quarter and found themselves down 76 – 46 going into the final period. Newcastle were able to pile on the points late and reduce the deficit, winning the quarter 19- 20 and finishing the game with a final score of 94-67.



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