Week 15 Preview – Southern Conference

Nick Winter

The Southern Conference fires back into life with 2019 now in the rear view mirror, and three games make up the first game day of 2020. With three of the Conference’s top four sides all in action, it should be a great day for EABL fans.

Copleston High School (8-3) v City of London Academy (5-5)

After a slow start to the season without star Ethan Price, Copleston are now starting to meet some of their early season foes with a view to turning the tables.

Price has been in incredible form since his return, averaging 24.8ppg, 12.3rpg and 2.3bpg. He’s done it all for Copleston as required, and has showed no sign of letting up. Home advantage and having Price back at their disposal could be enough for Copleston to not only beat CoLA tomorrow, but seal the head to head tiebreaker with a win by 15 points or more.

Oscar Leigh-Hales finished that early season match up with a game high 22 points, whilst Kavell Hawes added 15 more. Both players took aim from beyond the arc with plenty of success, look for the hosts to try and cancel that threat out tomorrow.

Previous meeting in 2019/20 – City of London Academy 83 – 69 Copleston High School

Canterbury Academy (6-4) v USP College (0-11)

After a fast start to the season, Canterbury slowed as 2019 wore on before an 89-80 loss to Itchen before the mid-season break. That left the Kent programme at 6-4 and in sole possession of the 4th and final playoff spot.

Canterbury couldn’t ask for a better opponent to start their 2020 schedule, with a winless USP hitting the road and heading to the South East. The two sides met in October and Canterbury ran out comfortable winners, with Will Raife top scoring on 27 points. He averages 18.6ppg on the season and will no doubt find more success tomorrow.

Previous meeting in 2019/20 – USP College 58 – 96 Canterbury Academy

Barking Abbey (10-0) v BHASVIC (2-7)

Barking went unbeaten throughout their early season schedule and will no doubt look to start 2020 in the same way as they welcome BHASVIC to East London.

The Brighton programme have claimed two wins so far this season, both against the same opponent in USP. BHASVIC have generally struggled to stay close to any of their other opponents, with the 81-56 against Barking one of their closer loses.

BA should have more than enough about themselves to claim another win tomorrow regardless of how they choose to approach things. Unleashing Veron Eze (17.7ppg) is one way to go, as is feeding talented forward Theo Hughes. Alternatively, Coach Vear may decide to run his bench for some experience, but BA still need to be wary of BHASVIC’s Josh Last. He averages a team high 19.1ppg.

Previous meeting in 2019/20 – BHASVIC 56 – 81 Barking Abbey

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