Summer Showcase – week 7 preview

The end of the EABL Summer Showcase is here, but it’s been an incredible seven weeks of competition as the brightest stars from across the country have put on a show.

There’s still six games to enjoy across the coming week, with all games taking place either tomorrow or Thursday.

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

North Pool

Myerscough College v The Sheffield College

Myerscough can finish the EABL Summer Showcase at a perfect 6-0 if they can see off Sheffield tomorrow.

The only time the North West programme haven’t tasted victory this summer is week two, when they didn’t have a game, with their deep roster of talent showing they’re a tough team to beat.

If Sheffield are to win, newly crowned #HASC21 dunk champ Hensy Sako will no doubt play a part, and Mahamud Ibrahim top scored with 20 in their last outing against Newcastle.

Newcastle Eagles Academy v Derby College Trailblazers

Newcastle have one last chance to claim a Summer Showcase victory as they welcome Derby to the North East.

The Eagles have lost out in back-to-back weeks to Sheffield and Manchester, though they’ve still held their own and should be a solid opponent here.

Derby have slowed in recent weeks since the departure of Blake Bowman, though Carl Alexander (11.3PPG) and Mandre Costa (14.6PPG) have both been picking up the slack.

SGS College v Charnwood College Riders

Facing Myerscough and Charnwood in consecutive outings is a tough run for SGS, though they’ll no doubt be going all out to end their Showcase with a win.

The Bristol programme last won back in week five, where a buzzer beater from Nassim Ladjimi helped seal a 75-72 victory over Derby.

The Riders are 3-1 so far, with their only defeat coming against Myerscough. Charnwood haven’t seen the court a lot of late however, playing just once since week three.

South Pool

Itchen College v Copleston High School

Itchen head home to face Copleston this week, hoping to turn around some recent bad luck.

The South coast side have endured two slender losses in the last three weeks, losing 75-74 against Oaklands and 63-61 against Canterbury.

Copleston will hope they can also force an uptick in form, having lost both of their last two outings as well. Look for Hoopsfix All-Star Classic selection Moyo Adekeye (17.8PPG) to be a standout if they do.

City of London Academy v Barking Abbey

There’s a London derby to close the week as Barking head to CoLA on Thursday as the final game in the Summer Showcase.

Both teams won in week five, with BA knocking off Copleston and CoLA beating Oaklands, but Barking did pick up a loss as well as part of a split double-header.

Barking duo Flynn Boardman-Raffet and Veron Eze have also built on their recent good form to secure calls ups to the GB Men’s squad for 3×3 U23 League of Nations, which take place later this month.

The Canterbury Academy v John Madejski Academy

Finally, Canterbury Academy welcome JMA to Kent tomorrow after a pair of wins in week six.

Kieran Farrell was the star in both those victories, scoring a game-high 17 points against Itchen and 26 more against Barking. Xander Vaughan also had 26 in that win over BA, and is enjoying some solid production right now.

JMA will no doubt lean on Sam Grant (17.3PPG) and Kivuvu Live (17.0), plus Latrell Maitland (6.8PPG) as they try and finish the Showcase unbeaten at 5-0.

Main image credit – Luke Simcock

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