Week 17 Preview – Northern Conference

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With the weeks fast ticking by to the end of the season, the pressure is ramping up as teams look to finalise post season seedings. There are three games in the Northern Conference this Wednesday, and we’ll also take a look at last night’s game between Charnwood and Derby.

Charnwood College 89 – 84 Derby Trailblazers Academy

Despite leading by 16 points midway through the 3rd quarter, Charnwood were made to work hard for their 8th win of the season against a spirited Derby team.

The visitors fought back admirably behind 25 points from Stuart Matimba and a 23 point, 13 rebound double-double from Blake Bowman, eventually taking the lead late in the 4th. Credit to the Riders, they were able to regroup and push themselves back in front, staying their to claim a narrow victory.

Blaize Sagna matched Matimba with 25 points, and Victor Ndoukou had 19 in support. The win puts Charnwood in sole possession of the North’s #2 seed, and they also own the head to head tiebreaker with 3rd place Derby.

SGS College (3-9) v Myerscough College (11-0)

Despite having home court advantage, SGS will be up against it as they entertain unbeaten Conference leaders Myerscough tomorrow.

A one sided game when these teams met in the North West, Myerscough will no doubt once again look for 6’11” forward Amari Williams (20.8eff, 13.0ppg) and Bradley Kaboza (16.7eff, 18.0ppg) to lead their side forward.

In bad news for SGS, Kaboza enjoyed a career day last time out against 2nd place Charnwood, dropping an impressive 36 points. If the talented wing is in that kind of mood again tomorrow, the hosts could be in big trouble.

Previous meeting in 2019/20 – Myerscough College 103-69 SGS College

Charnwood College (8-2) v James Watt College (5-5)

Fresh off their momentum boosting Monday night win over Derby, Charnwood will need to ensure they’re on their game tomorrow against a James Watt side that ran them close back in November.

Blaize Sagna (23.0eff, 23.2ppg) ranks in the EABL top 5 for both efficiency and points per game, at this stage he’s a tough player for any team to slow down. The Trailblazers couldn’t do it as the guard scored 25, and keying in on Sagna allows players like Greg Durand and Greg Wild to take aim from the perimeter.

Week 8’s narrow loss for JWC contained a number of ingredients the Midlands side would do well to try and replicate tomorrow, including solid games from guard Ian Rodriguez and forward Josh Ijeh. Rodriguez ranks 4th in the EABL with 22.0ppg, and Ijeh leads the league rankings by some distance with 19.3 rebounds per game. That helps create a combo that can be difficult to knock off, even for Charnwood.

Previous meeting in 2019/20 – James Watt College 64-70 Charnwood College

Manchester Magic Academy (5-4) v Newcastle Eagles Academy (0-10)

In what should be a straight forward affair, Manchester welcome Newcastle to the North West tomorrow looking for their 6th win of the year.

Tasting defeat by over 60 when these sides last met, Newcastle have been unable to make any real changes since that loss that would suggest they’ll be more competitive here.

Look for Luke Gordos, Jason Ani, Noah Togo, Saul May and others to put up solid numbers against an Eagles side that have given up over 100 points in five of their last six games.

Previous meeting in 2019/20 – Newcastle Eagles Academy 34-96 Manchester Magic Academy

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