Summer Showcase – week 6 preview

We enter the penultimate week of the 2021 Summer Showcase with a busy slate of games that should provide plenty of quality basketball.

Seven games represents the busiest game week so far, with four games tomorrow, two on Saturday and one on Sunday.

We take a look at all the match ups below, with plenty of action in store for EABL fans.

Results and top scorers from previous weeks can be seen on the score ticker at the top of this page.

North Pool

The Sheffield College v Newcastle Eagles Academy

Newcastle will be gunning for a first win of the summer as they head to South Yorkshire tomorrow.

Winless on debut last week following an 81-53 defeat by Manchester Magic Academy, the Eagles still managed to get 16 points from Joe Sheeran.

Sheffield have dropped their last two outings, going down to James Watt and Charnwood, but the Yorkshire programme have a good thing going with a core of Hensy Sako, Jamie McGrail and Muhammad Ibrahim.

SGS College v Myerscough College

The latest side to take on the Myerscough juggernaut, SGS welcome the North West side tomorrow.

Unbeaten so far this summer, ‘Sco have been getting better with each passing week, topping James Watt 93-41 last time out behind 26 points from Great Osobor.

Osobor and running mate Franklin Agu currently occupy two of the top four spots for efficiency in the EABL top 10s, headlining what is an imposing roster across the board.

SGS will be on a short week, having already played on Monday, though they did come through that game with a 75-72 victory over Derby.

Jason Soodeen currently leads the EABL with 18.0RPG, helping him to seventh overall for efficiency. He had 15 points against the Trailblazers and is enjoying a strong summer.

Manchester Magic Academy v Derby College Trailblazers

Derby take a trip to Manchester to end week six, playing this one out on Sunday afternoon.

The Midlands side have now dropped three in a row, dating back to week two, but there’s still been plenty to get excited about despite the final results.

Dominic Prospere’s 5.3APG ranks fourth in the EABL, and he added a useful 15 points in Monday’s loss to SGS. ’03 born forward Ben Hooper top scored in that game with 17 and is another player going from strength to strength.

Elgin Govan’s 18.5PPG has paced Manchester’s offence so far, but the Lancashire side leant on guard Malachi Boakye-Yiadom in last week’s victory over Newcastle, he had 20 points, eight boards and five assists.

South Pool

Barking Abbey v Copleston High School

Barking begin their week with a Wednesday clash against Copleston.

Both teams got an L in week five, with BA losing by 10 against Itchen and Copleston going down 83-72 against JMA.

That leaves both outfits looking for a bounce back performance, with tip set for 2pm.

The Canterbury Academy v Itchen College

In Wednesday’s other fixtures, Itchen travel East to Canterbury for a 4pm start.

1-1 after games in weeks one and four, Canterbury haven’t had an overly busy summer to date but play twice this week, beginning with a home tie here.

Will Raife’s 20.5PPG is still fifth best in the Showcase, with Xander Vaughan (15.5PPG) also impressing.

Itchen are 2-1 in their last three, and the loss was by a single point against Oaklands, showing this is a team in form.

The continued rise of wing Panos Karras has been a bright spot, with his stats of 14.3.PPG, 6.0RPG and 2.0APG proving to be a useful source of production through three appearances.

Barking Abbey v The Canterbury Academy

With these two teams doubling up in week six, Barking and Canterbury lead off the double-header bubble event from Itchen on Saturday.

Both sides will have played Wednesday but fatigue is unlikely to be a factor as the two programmes go hunting for a win.

Flynn Boardman-Raffet currently leads Barking with 15.5PPG and dropped 19 points last time out in the loss to Itchen.

Expect Canterbury to lean on a steady dose of Raife, Vaughan, Robbie Graham and Kieran Farrell, the programme’s top four scorers per game at present.

Oaklands College v City of London Academy

The Saturday slate closes with Oaklands v CoLA as both sides head to the South coast.

A change of scenery is unlikely to slow down Oaklands’ Kane Daley (18.0PPG) or Toibu Lawal (19.7EFF), with both players looking solid of late.

Neither side played in week five, and coupled with the half term break the week before, that means plenty of time to rest and prepare for this one. Expect both teams to be going hard from tip to buzzer.

Main image credit: The Sheffield College

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