Game Day Recap – Week 1

Wednesday’s action in the EABL signalled the start of the new season and with five games across the Northern and Southern divisions, there was some impressive basketball on display across the country.

Last year’s beaten finalists Barking Abbey got their campaign up and running as they used home advantage to overpower Oaklands College 107-41. 20 points from new recruit Veron Eze led all scorers, with Toby Gastaldi-Davies chalking up 12 in reply for the Wolves.

Likewise, Copleston also made light work of USP College as the Suffolk based programme clocked up triple digits to come away with a 101-70 victory. Ben Winter was a real difference maker for Copleston in that one, enjoying a 29 point, seven rebound, five assist performance, complimented by a 13 point, 16 rebound double-double on debut for Harry Syrett. Demi Adeyeye top scored for USP with 13.

Our weekly fan vote suggests that CoLA might be able to spring a surprise on Canterbury in week 1, but that didn’t prove to be the case as the team from Kent secured a comfortable 88-69 win. 28 points from Will Raife helped power Canterbury to success, with Andre Parker’s 20 point outing leading the way for CoLA.

Moving into the North, Manchester Magic Academy took the spoils on the road against SGS College thanks to 15 points from Saul May, capping a 83-68 final score. Although the hosts faded in the 2nd half, they can take heart from trailing by just seven at break as they look to be more competitive after a 1-win campaign a year ago. Talented guard Marvin Dinnall had a game high 27 points for SGS.

Finally, Sheffield College got their season off to a winning start at Newcastle’s expense, defeating the North East programme 108-61. After missing the last two seasons with knee injuries, Thomas Morey was able to score a game high 26 points in his return to action for the hosts as wing Sauveur Kande dropped 15 in reply for the Eagles.

We’ll have full reports from all five games tomorrow afternoon.

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