Week 9 Preview – Southern Conference

Canterbury Academy

With Barking Abbey off this week, the chasing pack can try and close the gap to the unbeaten London programme. With the likes of John Madejski Academy and City of London Academy sat on some impressive win streaks, the race for post season places is beginning to take shape. There’s 4 games on the week 9 schedule, let’s take a look.

Canterbury Academy (4-1) v Copleston High School (3-3)

Canterbury lost their unbeaten start to the season last week at Barking following an 84-56 defeat, and tomorrow’s opponents Copleston will be hoping they can take advantage of any loss of momentum for Coach Davies’ side.

Copleston welcomed back reigning EABL Southern Conference MVP Ethan Price last week following an injury lay off that saw him miss a large chunk of the Suffolk programme’s early season schedule. The highly rated Deng Camp forward had a 21 point, 12 rebound double-double last week and should be primed to give an undersized Canterbury side problems in the paint.

The play of Will Raife will no doubt be integral to Canterbury’s quest to avoid back to back losses, he averages 20.8ppg so far this season.

2018/19 result – Canterbury Academy 84 – 72 Copleston High School

City of London Academy (3-2) v USP College (0-5)

CoLA have enjoyed three straight EABL wins to move the London programme up the Southern Conference standings and into the playoff places.

Last week’s win on the road against Itchen came courtesy of 24 points from Kavell Hawes, with the 5’10” guard currently averaging 12.2ppg. USP haven’t managed to keep any of their previous three opponents under 93 points, suggesting Hawes and his CoLA team mates may find some success on offence tomorrow.

2018/19 result – City of London Academy 74 – 45 USP College

Oaklands College (0-4) v Itchen College (0-4)

In a battle between two of the Conference’s winless sides, Itchen travel to Oaklands tomorrow with both programmes looking to kick start their season.

Despite their current record, Itchen can take heart from the fact that all four of their losses so far this season have come against sides that occupy the standing’s top four spots in CoLA, JMA, Canterbury and Barking. That mean’s Coach Guymon’s team should be due a break on the scheduling front, hopefully starting with a win against the Wolves.

Of course, Oaklands would love to get a first win of the season as well so look for Toby Gastaldi-Davies to try and make that happen. The talented guard averages a team high 13.5ppg and has been collecting some valuable playing time in NBL Division One with Essex & Herts Leopards.

2018/19 result – Oaklands College 59 – 87 Itchen College

John Madejski Academy (5-0) v BHASVIC (1-3)

With Barking taking a week off, JMA can draw level at the top of the Southern Conference standings for a share of first place if they can beat BHASVIC tomorrow.

The Brighton side have lost three straight following their only success of the season to date, an 88-84 win over USP. Lewis Gee continues to be a spark plug on offence, he averages a team best 14.0ppg.

The Rockets should be able to put on a show for their home fans tomorrow against an opponent they easily handled a year ago, with usual suspects Asher Ndah (14.3ppg), David Chive (19.0ppg), James Jolly (14.0ppg) and Sam Grant (17.7ppg) all set to prosper.

2018/19 result – John Madejski Academy 106 – 71 BHASVIC

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