EABL Recap – 2 March

The penultimate week of the EABL regular season is now in the books, with just next week to go before the playoffs begin.

We now know both Conference winners as Oaklands sealed the South this past Wednesday, following Charnwood’s lead in locking up one of the league’s top seeds.

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

Oaklands College 71-61 John Madejski Academy

Oaklands College sealed their first ever Southern Conference title following a 71-61 victory against John Madejski Academy.

Former Player of the Week Kane Daley was once again the standout for the hosts with 23 points, though Olly Wright (21pts) was also on form.

JMA’s Kivuvu Live played well to finish with 18 points as Isaac Round added 15 more.

JMA can still finish second, third or fourth in the standings, depending how the conference’s final week plays out.

Barking Abbey 83-48 The Canterbury Academy

Barking are in the box seats to finish as the South’s #2 seeds as they beat Canterbury 83-48.

Zamoku Welche top scored for the hosts with 14 points, whilst Canterbury’s Israel Solomon led all scorers with 17.

Currently three points ahead of third place JMA (though not owning the head-to-head tiebreaker), Barking have one game remaining against CoLA still to play.

Win that and BA will lock up second spot, though a loss will leave them open to slipping down the standings if JMA end their season with a win over Itchen, who are also part of the playoff mix in fourth.

Myerscough College 92-79 Charnwood College Riders

In a teaser of a potential post-season clash, the top two sides in the North put on a show this week as Myerscough beat rivals Charnwood 92-79.

The defeat was the Riders’ first of the season, denying the Midlands programme a perfect 14-0 campaign.

Bryan Akanmu was in top form for the hosts, he had a stunning 39 points, whilst Charnwood’s Dan Hadley had 18.

Derby College Trailblazers 106-81 SGS College

Derby College Trailblazers locked up the North’s #3 seed with a commanding 106-81 victory over SGS College.

DCT’s Simeon Perry led all scorers with 32 points, and his battle with SGS guard Jayden Edwards (29pts) was a great matchup throughout.

Defeat means that the Bristol programme close the season at 5-9, good for sixth overall.

Tuesday – City of London Academy 67-60 Copleston High School

CoLA won their penultimate game of the season as they beat Copleston 67-60.

Notching just their third win of the campaign, the hosts used a balance offensive approach as Joe Lavin (11pts), Ben Csernak (10pts), Max Coupe and Rohan Butler (9pts) all played well.

Copleston’s standout was Ben Michaels, who dropped a game-high 21 points as the Suffolk programme fell back to 1-10.

Monday – Copleston High School 54-70 Barking Abbey

The week began with Barking beating Copleston 70-54.

Zamoku Welche once again led the BA attack, he had 15 points, whilst Ben Michaels had 14 in reply.

The win set Barking up for their continued run at second spot, eventually claiming six points in three days.

Main image credit: Oaklands College

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