Week 13 Preview – Southern Conference

Shaun Colley

With the schedule nearly reaching the mid-season break, week 13 represents the last action of 2019 for some EABL teams. Before coaches and players take a well earned rest, there are still some important points on offer in the race for playoff places. Three games make up the Southern Conference schedule tomorrow, with a big match up in Suffolk between 2nd and 3rd.

Copleston High School (6-3) v John Madejski Academy (7-1)

Copleston have won four in a row dating back to mid-October, and as the home side tomorrow they’ll no doubt be a tough opponent for JMA.

The match up inside between Rockets’ Sam Grant and Copleston’s Ethan Price should prove to be a competitive one, though there is more than enough talent across both rosters to provide some compelling action.

These sides played out a thrilling game last season, and it’s a strong possibility that the same could happen again tomorrow in an important tussle in the race to catch leaders Barking.

2018/19 result – Copleston High School 81-84 John Madejski Academy

Canterbury Academy (4-3) v Oaklands College (1-6)

Canterbury got back to winning ways last week on the road against CoLA, and their reward is to head back home for a game against 7th place Oaklands College.

During their losing streak, Canterbury struggled against some of the Conference’s best forward, with JMA’s Sam Grant (6/10, 14pts, 7rebs) and Copleston’s Ethan Price (20pts, 9rebs) both finding success against Coach Davies’ side. That could present an opportunity for Oakland’s 6’10” forward Jeremy Leivin to make an impact tomorrow.

The Wolves have won just one game this season, on the road against USP, and haven’t been able to stay within single digits in any of their last four losses. There is still quality on the roster though, with Toby Gastaldi-Davies (14.3ppg) and Lievin (6.7ppg, 10.5rpg) both continuing to impress.

2018/19 result – Canterbury Academy 87-60 Oaklands College

BHASVIC (1-6) v USP College (0-9)

BHASVIC’s only victory this season came in the reverse of this fixture, and tomorrow’ match up could represent both team’s best opportunity to get another win in 2019/20.

That contest back in week 2 was a cracker, finishing 88-84 to BHASVIC as Demi Adeyeye scored 26 for USP and Lewis Jee dropped 33 for BHASVIC. Both players have since gone on to enjoy some solid form, with Adeyeye recording a team high 16.7ppg this season and Jee averaging 13.8ppg.

Josh Last also deserves recognition for BHASVIC, with the 6’1″ guard scoring 18.4ppg, good enough for 10th overall in the EABL. Between Last and Jee, USP will have their hands full tomorrow.

2018/19 result – BHASVIC 79-74 USP College

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