Week 8 Preview – Northern Conference

James Darcey/Manchester Magic Academy

The EABL is back after the half term lay off, with a full slate of games for fans to enjoy. Since the break, both Charnwood and Myerscough have managed a win as the only teams in action, so let’s have a look at the fixtures as we get ready to go again.

Newcastle Eagles Academy (0-3) v Manchester Magic Academy (1-2)

Still looking for a first win of the 2019/20 campaign, Newcastle host Manchester tomorrow in the hopes that they can emulate last season’s nail biting victory.

Joe Moore and Sauveur Kande continue to form the 1-2 punch that keep Newcastle ticking offensively, with Kande scoring 19.7ppg at present and Moore averaging close to a double-double. If Newcastle are to get themselves into the win column, home court advantage may be key. Three of their four wins in 2018/19 came in the North East.

After opening the season with a win, Manchester have strung together consecutive losses and would no doubt like to break that streak. 6’5″ forward Mo Shegow may be key to stopping the slide, he averages 10.7ppg whilst shooting an impressive 48% from the floor to go with 8.7 boards per contest. Saul May is also continuing his development with a fine season for the Magic, he keeps to go from strength to strength.

2018/19 result – Newcastle Eagles Academy 74 – 73 Manchester Magic Academy

Myerscough College (5-0) v SGS College (2-3)

Myerscough grabbed another win whilst the majority of the EABL took the half term break off, moving their unbeaten streak to five to begin the year. Based on the form guide, it’s unlikely that their run will stop tomorrow, but SGS still have the weapons to hurt teams and are a much improved unit from last year.

Marvin Dinnall, Finlay Woodward, Louis Weaver, Nassim Ladjimi and Tom Brown all average double digits scoring for the Bristol programme this season, giving Coach Bourne plenty of flexibility at the offensive end.

2018/19 result – Myerscough College 90 – 27 SGS College

James Watt College (2-1) v Charnwood College (2-1)

James Watt’s unbeaten start to the season ended last week in the EABL’s only game, but it has still been a positive start for the Northern Conference’s #4 seed from a year ago.

Josh Ijeh remains an undeniable standout for this roster, with the dominant centre averaging 14 points and 15.7 rebounds on the season so far. Ian Rodriguez is also averaging north of 20 points per contest, he’s a game changer once he gets going.

Charnwood were also in action during the half term break, securing a commanding 124-88 win over Sheffield as they pushed their record back above .500. This is a game the Riders would expect to win if they’re going to keep pace with Myerscough at the top of the standings, look for early MVP candidate Blaize Sagna to try and stay hot.

2018/19 result – James Watt College 71 – 96 Charnwood College

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