EABL recap – 11 January

It’s the new year and that means ushering in the second half of the 2022/23 EABL season.  

The second Wednesday of January saw 12 teams return to the court, looking to start the year with a win and three points. 

SGS College 70-86 Myerscough College 

Myerscough ended SGS’s unbeaten start to the season in the Northern Conference – and gained revenge for a home loss against their rivals earlier in the season. 

Despite another big scoring performance from home team stand-out Louie Tucker, who racked up 24 points, Sco pulled off a convincing road win to move to 6-2. 

Stephen Asante (24 points), brother Peter (15) and Euan Birch (12) lead the way for the visitors, while Jayden Edwards (13) and Callum Smart (13) were in double figures for SGS, now 6-1. 

The teams are level on 18 points at the head of the table but will be aware of Charnwood approaching fast below them with games in hand.

Newcastle Eagles Academy 52-92 Charnwood College Riders 

Champions Charnwood (5-0) kept the league’s only 100% run going with a convincing win over Newcastle. 

They have Myerscough, SGS and Derby in their sights above them – all have played more games than them and lost either one or two games.

Lane Campbell, Lamarana Diallo and Josh Clarke netted 18 points apiece in a business-like win in the North East. 

Jakey Weech (15 points) and Favour Uyiosa Ajayi (10) hit double digits for the Eagles, now 1-8. 

The Sheffield College 68-70 The Manchester Magic Academy 

Manchester edged a close battle in a mid-table War of the Roses.

It was neck and neck all the way with the Mancunians holding out at the death to secure a win that moves them to 4-4. 

Ben Brown’s 21-point haul was matched by Sheffield opposite number Declan Kom, while Matthew Goodwin (16) and Joe Buchanan (11) chipped in for Magic. 

Sheffield (2-6) also saw Jezz Mugabo and Jason Holder hit 15 apiece. 

Derby College Trailblazers 94-62 BMET 

Derby moved to 5-2 to stay in contention near the top of the North with strong win over BMET. 

Isaac Thorpe’s 24 points was a game-high, while Chris Yapo (20) and Tobore Denedo (12) also put in work.

Miles Moore (17), Ewan Platford (14) and Suwayd Francis (10) were the top scorers for BMET,m who are now languishing with a 1-7 record.  

Itchen College 72-53 John Madejski Academy 

Itchen move clear at the top of the Southern Conference by seeing off JMA without too much trouble. 

The South Coast outfit are 5-2 after a win which saw John Fairbairn lead all scorers with 15 points and Josh Smith-White (12) and Tyler Fairbairn (10) also chip double-figure totals. 

Ashley Kitchen and Pete Walker had 13 apiece to lead the JMA effort. They are now 2-4.

Oaklands College 52-65 City of London Academy – Southwark  

Maximillian Coupe’s 27-point haul played a huge part in CoLA’s road win at Oaklands. 

They move to 5-2 with Bendeguz Csernak (13) also in double figures.

Oaklands (2-4) have work to do to drag themselves up the standings. Tallas Zacharias (9) was their top scorer. 

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