Week 9 Preview – Northern Conference

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With the calendar now firmly into November, the EABL season is well underway. Early season trends give way to more reliable regular season records, and most teams have a fair idea about how they stack up on the year. Moving into week 9, let’s have a look at what the schedule has in store.

SGS College (2-4) v Charnwood College (3-1)

After a heavy loss last time out against Myerscough, SGS will head home to face off against another strong opponent in Charnwood.

Taking on the top two sides in the table on back to back weeks isn’t easy, but the Bristol programme can at least get both fixtures out of the way in quick succession. Finlay Woodward and Marvin Dinnall both did well last week against the Northern Conference leaders, they’ll be looking for more of the same here in what will be another tough test for Coach Bourne’s side.

For Charnwood, the job is clear. With Myerscough looking unlikely to drop points any time soon, the Riders just need to keep winning themselves until the two sides meet once again in January. A loss of form between now and then might give the North West programme too much of a cushion for Charnwood to overcome.

2018/19 result – SGS College 53 – 91 Charnwood College

Manchester Magic Academy (2-2) v Derby Trailblazers Academy (2-1)

A comfortable win last time out against Newcastle should give Manchester Magic Academy plenty of confidence heading into a showdown with fellow playoff hopefuls Derby tomorrow.

The Trailblazers have scored over 100 points in each of their two wins so far this season, showing great offensive fluidity behind the likes of Blake Bowman and Tayo Meade-Bramble. Their last game was over a month ago however, so it remains to be seen if Derby will be rusty or well rested as they head to the North West.

2018/19 result – Manchester Magic Academy 72 – 68 Derby Trailblazers Academy

James Watt College (2-2) v Newcastle Eagles Academy (0-4)

Consecutive losses to Myerscough and Charnwood have left James Watt with a .500 record after starting the season 2-0.

JWC played well against the Riders and lost by single digits, with little to choose from between the sides until a late 4th quarter exchange. Ian Rodriguez continues to put up some impressive numbers, he averages 20.3ppg right now.

Newcastle are yet to taste success this season, losing heaving against Manchester 96-34 last time out. The North East side can continue focusing on development however, with a number of talented players continuing to learn a great deal at the Academy level. Top of that list is likely Sauveur Kande, who averages 19.7ppg in 2019/20.

2018/19 result – James Watt College 94 – 67 Newcastle Eagles Academy

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