EABL Elite Eight Recap

The EABL playoffs kicked off today with the Elite Eight round as four exciting games entertained Academy fans across the country.

Northern top seeds Myerscough made short work of the Southern Conference’s #4 side Canterbury Academy, with a final score of 88-54. A 28-8 3rd period extended an already growing Myerscough lead, allowing the North West side to easily punch their ticket to the Final Fours.

Southern #1 seeds Barking Abbey continued their unbeaten streak this season, adding a comfortable 89-53 win against #4 seed Manchester Magic Academy to their 15-0 regular season record. The victory was powered by 14 points from Thomas Sowoolu and 13 more from Veron Eze, as Luke Gordos top scored Manchester with 17.

In the day’s only upset, #3 seeds Copleston went to #2 Charnwood and knocked out the defending EABL champions 71-62. A tight game throughout, the visitors managed to turn a 51-48 lead after three quarters into a 9 point win thanks to a game high 33 points from Ethan Price.

#2 seed John Madejski Academy booked their place in the Final Fours as they beat Northern Conference #3 seeds James Watt College 78-65. Ross Stepney’s 22 points helped the Rockets to the win, with Asher Ndah adding 19 more. Last season’s Defensive Player of the Year Wakeem Richardson led all scorers for JWC with 24 points.

The results mean that the line up for next week’s Final Fours is now confirmed, with #1 Myerscough College playing host to #2 seed John Madejski Academy, whilst #1 Barking Abbey will entertain fellow Southern Conference side #3 Copleston High School. Both ties will be played on Wednesday 4 March.

We’ll have a full report from all four of today’s games tomorrow afternoon.

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