Week 12 Preview – Southern Conference

Four games fill the Southern Conference schedule in week 12, with plenty to look forward to in all of tomorrow’s games.

USP College (0-8) v Copleston High School (5-3)

Yet to win this season, USP College welcome a resurgent Copleston to Essex tomorrow.

With a 20-0 forfeit to their name last time out, and a 69-84 home loss to Oaklands in their previous contest before that, USP haven’t been able to crack the win column yet this season. Demi Adeyeye and Joe Dunbar continue to play well though, regardless of results.

Copleston have looked unstoppable since the return of Ethan Price, and the talented forward has already collected Player of the Week honours since getting back on the court. Between Price, Ben Winter, and Jacob Morgan, look for Copleston to secure a healthy victory in this one.

2018/19 result – USP College 58-70 Copleston High School

City of London Academy (5-3) v Canterbury Academy (4-3)

A five game winning streak came to an end last week for CoLA, but they’ll still be hoping to carry some momentum into a tough home fixture against Canterbury tomorrow.

The Kent programme have had struggles of their own, dropping three straight against Barking, Copleston and JMA. That defeat to the Rockets last time out, a 99-96 thriller, will no doubt have been a real blow to drop for Coach Davies’ side.

Oscar Leigh-Hales and Kavell Hawes both average 13.0ppg on the season and should continue to be prominent contributors for CoLA, they’d love to grab a win here and secure some breathing room on the edge of the playoff places.

2018/19 result – City of London Academy 66-80 Canterbury Academy

Itchen College (2-5) v BHASVIC (1-5)

After starting the season with four straight losses, Itchen are beginning to find some form and will no doubt be hoping to keep their run going tomorrow as they host BHASVIC.

With just one win to their name, the Brighton programme may struggle to match Itchen despite their current woes this season. That said, Josh Last leads all players for BHASVIC with 17.5ppg. He’s shown this season he can put points up against anyone in this league.

Taiga Forster continues to be a key component to Itchen’s uptick in form. The 6’0″ guard averages a team high 14.7ppg, with Tyreese Hudson and Josh Sissons both contributing well.

2018/19 result – Itchen College 94-25 BHASVIC

Oaklands College (1-5) v Barking Abbey (8-0)

Barking opened their season with a commanding 107-41 win over tomorrow’s opponents Oaklands, setting both programmes in opposite directions.

BA remain unbeaten and lead the Conference, with the likes of Chris Feeney, Sam Alajiki and Veron Eze all performing to expectations. For Oaklands, they’ve struggled throughout with just a single win against USP College to their name.

There’s been little to suggest since that opening day result that a repeat won’t be on the cards tomorrow as Barking begin a stretch of four games against the bottom four sides in the Conference. You wouldn’t bet against them having a 12-0 record by the time they host Copleston in mid-January.

2018/19 result – Oaklands College 57-82 Barking Abbey

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