Game Day Recap – Week 20

The EABL enters the final week of the regular season, with some playoff places still up for grabs and plenty of high stakes basketball on offer.

In the North, Conference champions Myerscough continued their unbeaten run with a 72-60 win over Manchester. The North West side now just need one more win to complete a spotless regular season, with a road trip to Derby tomorrow night the only thing standing in the way of a perfect 14-0 campaign.

James Watt beat The Sheffield College 72-55 in South Yorkshire, with Ian Rodriguez (14 points), Wakeem Richardson (13 points) and Sam Cheshire (13 points) all enjoying solid outings for the visitors. Mohamud Ibrahim top scored for Sheffield on 14.

Newcastle couldn’t claim their first win of the season but did go out fighting as they lost 104-90 against Derby Trailblazers Academy. Blake Bowman (36) and Stuart Matimba (30) combined for 66 of Derby’s points, with the Trailblazers now facing an all or nothing game against Myerscough tomorrow night for a spot in the playoffs.

Playoff Impact

That means that following today’s results, the Northern Conference’s #1 seed is Myerscough, and #2 is Charnwood. The #4 seed has now been confirmed as Manchester, but the #3 spot is still up for grabs based on Derby’s game with Myerscough tomorrow.

If Derby win, they’ll get the #3 seed on 27 points, and Manchester will be #4 on 24 points (owning the head to head with James Watt on 24 points).

If Derby lose, all three teams will be tied on 24 points. In that scenario, a mini-league table is created using just the teams involved. The three teams are first ranked based on their results against each other, though in this case all three teams have won two games and lost two games. The next tie break is then points difference. That would put James Watt at #3, and Manchester at #4 based on points difference in the games involving just those three teams (James Watt +3, Manchester 0, Derby -3).

 

In the Southern Conference, Canterbury Academy could have sealed their a post season spot today but fell to John Madejski Academy 72-66. Ross Stepney had 18 points for the Rockets, Chester Morrell had a game high 19 for Canterbury.

Unable to make the post season but still able to have an impact on it, City of London Academy couldn’t defeat Conference top dogs Barking Abbey, going down 83-48. BA will no doubt have been happy to run out the clock in the 2nd half and conserve some energy behind their healthy lead, they need to go again tomorrow at home to Itchen.

And finally, 16 points from Toby Gastaldi-Davies helped push Oaklands College to their third win of the season as they beat BHASVIC 82-71. The South coast side enjoyed 16 points from both Frederik Wilson and Finn Sweeting-Young, but it wouldn’t be enough come the final buzzer.

Playoff Impact

Barking can claim the #1 seed with a win tomorrow against Itchen, or a loss to Itchen and a win or loss by 13 or less to John Madejski Academy on Monday.

JMA could climb to the #1 seed with the scenario above, BA losing to Itchen and then losing to the Rockets by 14 or more. They can’t go lower than 2nd though, and Copleston are locked in as the #3 seeds.

Tomorrow’s game between Barking and Itchen will decide the #4 seed. If Itchen win, they’ll finish on 27 points alongside Canterbury, taking 4th on the head-to-head tiebreaker. If Itchen lose, Canterbury will stay in 4th.

 

We’ll have full reports from all those games tomorrow afternoon.

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