EABL Recap – 9 February

Following one of the busiest weeks of the EABL season to date, seven games were played over the last few days.

That includes six games from this past Wednesday and one fixture that took place on Monday as Charnwood and James Watt squared off.

Charnwood also took the step of claiming the Northern conference’s #1 seed this week, whilst the Southern conference is still wide open as the season heads into the home stretch.

Here’s a recap of all the action, and each score is clickable to access the top scorers/box score where available.

Manchester Magic Academy 75-67 Newcastle Eagles Academy

Newcastle’s prospects of completing the season without a win moved another step closer this week as they went down 75-67 in Lancashire.

Manchester are the closest team to the Eagles but saw them off in this one thanks to the combo of Martins Adonry and Thomas Kelly, with both players scoring 17 points.

Joe Sheeran continued his good form this season to drop 23 points, whilst Jakey Weech and Favour Ajayi both had 15.

Derby College Trailblazers 101-76 The Sheffield College

Derby dealt Sheffield a blow in their quest for a top two finish, beating the Yorkshire outfit 101-76.

A victory would have moved Sheffield into a tie with second place Myerscough, but 19 points apiece from Simeon Perry and Mandre Costa eventually downed the visitors.

Declan Kom offered the main source of resistance for Sheffield, he had 17 points, whilst Mhamud Ibrahim and Jamie McGrail both closed on 13.

SGS College 64-90 Charnwood College Riders

Charnwood made it two wins from two this week as they won in Bristol, beating SGS College 90-64.

It was a twelfth victory in a row as part of what has been a stunning campaign, with Victor Ndouku’s 18 points the pick of the bunch.

Jason Soodeen (17pts) and Jayden Edwards (16pts) formed a useful tandem for SGS, but like so many before them, they eventually came up second best to the Riders.

Holding the head-to-head tiebreaker with second place Myerscough, the win also confirms Charnwood as Northern Conference champs and #1 seeds for the post season.

John Madejski Academy 90-78 Copleston High School

JMA remain one of the four teams locked into the Southern conference playoff spots, though they helped themselves in the jostle for seedings by beating Copleston 90-78.

With just six points currently separating first to fourth, it’s all to play for and 29 points for Isaac Round helped the hosts in this one.

Joe Thomas (22pts), Ben Michaels (18pts) and Lewis French (15pts) all scored well for Copleston, who are now 1-7 on the year.

Barking Abbey 72-53 Itchen College

Barking remain on course to reclaim top spot in the South after a comfortable 72-53 against Itchen.

With the East London programme able to rise back to the top of the standings should they win their games in hand, Stephen Asante powered a confident performance with a team-high 15 points.

La Casinillo led all scorers with 22 points for Itchen.

The Canterbury Academy 61-68 Oaklands College

A second-half comeback helped Oaklands win their eighth game of the season, beating Canterbury 68-61.

The victory was Oaklands’ fifth in a row and came courtesy of 29 points from Ollie Wright.

Emmanuel Jolaowula was once again the stand out for the Kent programme, but his 25 points wouldn’t be enough.

Monday – Charnwood College Riders 85-65 James Watt College-BMet

The week began with Charnwood beating James Watt 85-65 on Monday.

It set the Riders up to eventually seal top spot with another win Wednesday as JWC continue to fall down the standings.

Kanu Gudza led all scorers on 18 for the hosts, whilst Kwaku Donko had 15 points for the Birmingham programme.

Main image credit – Lizzy Harrison

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