Week 14 Preview – Northern Conference

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The final EABL action for 2019 gets underway tomorrow with two games in the Northern Conference. It’s been a thrilling first half to the season, with plenty to enjoy for Academy fans.

The Sheffield College (2-7) v Charnwood College (6-1)

Sheffield couldn’t make it back to back EABL wins last week as their 99-55 victory over Newcastle was followed up by an 87-66 home defeat against Derby. There’s no shame in losing to the Trailblazers this season though, coach Shaw’s side look a strong bet for grabbing one of the four playoffs in the Northern Conference come season’s end.

Tom Morey continues to lead the way for Sheffield, averaging a tidy 17.8ppg, and the former Myerscough guard enjoyed a team high 24 points when these sides last met in late October.  Reyad West has also come into his own in recent weeks, highlighted by his 19 points in the win over the Eagles.

Since their loss to Myerscough in mid-October, Charnwood have quietly regrouped and now own a five game winning streak that includes a road success in Derby. Keeping that momentum going tomorrow in Sheffield will be important as the Riders only have one game in January before their all important rematch with Myerscough.

As always, Blaize Sagna will be a player to keep an eye on. The talented guard averages an impressive 24.0ppg this season and dropped 32 points on Sheffield last time these sides met.

2018/19 result – The Sheffield College 62-99 Charnwood College

Newcastle Eagles Academy (0-9) v SGS College (2-7)

The wait goes on for Newcastle as they’re still searching for a maiden win in 2019. Tomorrow’s home game with SGS may be one of the Eagles’ better opportunities for victory, given the long distance SGS have to travel and the way this fixture panned out a year ago.

Only so much can be read into last season however, with both these programmes displaying a change in direction since a year ago. Newcastle have struggled to match most of their opponents this season, losing 125-45 to Myerscough in their most recent contest. On the other hand SGS have improved this year, with progress in the win column as well as in their performances to date.

Tyrese Nfon currently leads the way on offence for Newcastle, he averages 9.6ppg and scored a team high 20 points against Myerscough last week. Marvin Dinnall is continuing to grow into his role with SGS, enjoying 21 points last Wednesday against James Watt whilst averaging 16.9ppg on the season to date.

2018/19 result – Newcastle Eagles Academy 80-70 SGS College

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