Week 4 Preview – Southern Conference

Week 4 of the EABL season is upon us and we’ve got four games in the Southern Conference to take a look, including unbeaten Barking heading to BHASVIC.

BHASVIC (1-1) v Barking Abbey (3-0)

BHASVIC grabbed a welcome win two weeks ago in a narrow 88-84 victory over USP, but they were brought back down to earth by Copleston last time out, losing that one 103-73. The South coast programme now welcome a Barking side in hot form and looking a difficult match up for any side in the Conference.

BA’s marquee match up with last season’s Conference runners up Itchen proved to be anti-climatic as London side secured a convincing 89-42 win. That blowout still represents Barking’s lowest margin of victory so far this season, and based on current form you wouldn’t bet on a close game tomorrow either.

2018/19 result – BHASVIC 40 – 99 Barking Abbey

City of London Academy (0-2) v Copleston High School (2-1)

It’s been a slow start to the season for CoLA, dropping successive games to Canterbury and JMA to remain without a win early in the season. Copleston have managed to pick up a couple of victories despite key injuries, turning to the new additions to their roster and enjoying the production they’ve received.

Harry Syrett is currently enjoying a double-double average of 12 points and 14.5 boards per game for Coach Drane’s side, allowing players like Ben Winter and Moyo Adekeye to come to the fore.

Despite their struggles, CoLA’s Andre Parker continues to excel. The 6’7″ forward averages 13 points and 9.5 rebounds a game at present.

2018/19 result – City of London Academy 60 – 58 Copleston High School

Oaklands College (0-1) v John Madejski Academy (2-0)

JMA are looking strong so far in 2019/20 and will no doubt be hoping for a solid season in contention at the top of the Southern Conference. Comfortable wins against Copleston and CoLA have shown that the Rockets are a team on the rise, and they’ll be looking to move to 3-0 with a win tomorrow.

Oaklands started their season with a 107-41 thumping by Barking, but haven’t been in action since following a postponed game against Canterbury. It remains to be seen how the wait will have affected the Wolves, if they’ll be well rested or rusty, we’ll find out tomorrow.

2018/19 result – Oaklands College 62 – 86 John Madejski Academy

USP College (0-3) v Canterbury Academy (2-0)

USP enter tomorrow’s contest with Canterbury on the back of a three game skid that may grow against a Canterbury side yet to taste defeat this season.

The Kent programme have looked assured in their victories so far, particularly in the 87-84 win against Itchen last week. Coach Davies will be hoping a narrow win keeps the confidence growing in his young roster, with Will Raife in particular enjoying a hot start to 2019/20. He’s already bagged an EABL Player of the Week award and has been in the running for others since.

2018/19 result – USP College 29 – 80 Canterbury Academy

 

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