Summer Showcase – week 2 preview

The opening week of the Summer Showcase is now in the books, with teams moving on to week 2 and another opportunity to show what they’re made of.

There are five games coming up this week, with three in the North and a pair in the South.

Results and top scorers from week one can be seen on the score ticker of the main EABL homepage.

North Pool

Derby College Trailblazers v The Sheffield College

Blake Bowman’s 39-point, 15-rebound double-double last week wasn’t enough to save Derby as the Trailblazers fell 83-69 to Charnwood in a highly entertaining contest.

It was still a quality performance from the University of Missouri Kansas City commit, and he’ll no doubt be looking for more of the same in Derby’s home opener.

In contrast, Sheffield were able to sneak past SGS College following a narrow 89-87 road victory a week ago.

Hensy Sako put up an impressive 29 points to go with eight boards and four assists in that one, supported by an efficient 17 points from Mahamud Ibrahim.

No doubt the Yorkshire programme would like to make it two from two here in what is sure to be a competitive affair.

James Watt College-BMet v SGS College

James Watt get their season under way this week as they host SGS College.

The Bristol programme were narrowly pipped by Sheffield in week 1, despite Jason Soodeen (22pts) and Nassim Ladjimi (21pts) combining for 43 points.

The Birmingham side have lost some of their core players from the last few seasons, including Wakeem Richardson’s transfer to Myerscough and the graduation of Ian Rodriguez, but the talented Josh Ijeh still remains and is sure to be a focal point.

Charnwood College Riders v Manchester Magic Academy

Manchester head to Charnwood on Sunday to complete the North Pool schedule for week two.

83-69 winners over Derby last time out, Charnwood enjoyed some quality production from Greg Wild as the talented shooter dropped 30 points in his duel with Blake Bowman, hitting six triples in the process.

Manchester came up short in their only fixture to date, losing 65-53 at home to Myerscough. Noah Togo was still able to excel as the young guard scored 18 points to go with nine boards and four dimes.

South Pool

John Madejski Academy v Oaklands College

JMA put on one of the top performance of last week as they came out on top in a high-scoring 99-66 victory over CoLA.

Sam Grant (19pts), Ashley Kitchen (15pts), Kivuvu Live and Roniel Oguekwe (both 11pts) all played well as the Berkshire side showed they’ve got plenty of talent at their disposal this summer.

Oaklands couldn’t replicate JMA as they fell at home to Barking, but NBL standout Kane Daley still led all scorers with 26 points, showing he has the ability to be a standout at this level.

You can watch the game live from 1:30pm on Wednesday 12 May:

Copleston High School v City of London Academy

Moyo Adekeye 21-point, 12-rebound and six assist couldn’t stop Copelston from dropping a close one against Canterbury, but the talented guard has another chance to shine tomorrow as CoLA come to town.

The London side will also be looking for their maiden victory as they went down to JMA last time out, despite 19 points from Andre Parker.

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