Week 16 Preview – Northern Conference

Allan Gunn/Myerscough College

There are three games to look forward to in the Northern Conference in week 16, highlighted by a top of the table clash between Myerscough and Charnwood.

Myerscough College (10-0) v Charnwood College (7-1)

In a contest that could go a long way to deciding the destination of the Northern Conference title for 2019/20, Myerscough welcome 2nd place Charnwood to the North West tomorrow with plenty at stake.

After winning the first match up between these sides by 12 points, Myerscough will have the knowledge that a loss by less than that margin will still allow them to retain the head to head tiebreaker between the two sides should they finish with an equal record at the end of the season.

Bradley Kaboza top scored for Myerscough when these sides played in week 5, he had 26 points including a number of three pointers. If Charnwood are going to turn the tables this time round, they’ll need to find a way slow Kaboza down.

Previous meeting in 2019/20 – Charnwood College 93 – 105 Myerscough College

James Watt College (5-4) v Manchester Magic Academy (4-4)

In a battle for the 4th and final playoff spot in the North, Manchester travel to the West Midlands tomorrow knowing defeat could see them cast adrift in the race for the post season.

With one eye again in the head-to-head tiebreaker, Manchester would ideally like to win by 12 or more tomorrow to give them an advantage over JWC come season’s end.

Ian Rodriguez has been in top form this year, leading the way for James Watt with a number of impressive performances. His 17 points made a big difference in the first match up between these sides, though Manchester have been tough to break down defensively this season regardless of opponent.

Previous meeting in 2019/20 – Manchester Magic Academy 55 – 64 James Watt College

The Sheffield College (2-9) v SGS College (3-8)

In an important game for both these teams, SGS College travel to Sheffield tomorrow in the hope of pushing their programme up the Northern Conference pecking order.

SGS have already improved on their win total from a year ago, but doing the double over Sheffield would make a statement for the Bristol side that they’re closer to the edges of the playoffs than to the teams below them.

For Sheffield, the same scenario applies. A win tomorrow would put them level on points with SGS, and create a larger gap to bottom side Newcastle. If they taste defeat tomorrow though, it likely cements their place as the 7th best side in the 8 team conference for 2019/20.

Previous meeting in 2019/20 – SGS College 99 – 72 The Sheffield College

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