EABL recap – 18 January

The EABL season continues towards the end of January, and it won’t be long before the playoffs come into view.

Before that point though, there’s plenty more twists and turns to navigate as the post-season picture takes shape, including seven games yesterday.

The Manchester Magic Academy 80-76 SGS College

Formerly unbeaten in the Northern conference, SGS College have now dropped back-to-back games following an 80-76 defeat by The Manchester Magic Academy.

Joe Buchanan’s 30 points pushed the hosts to their fifth win of the year, with Player of the Year candidate Louie Tucker’s 24 points a team-high for SGS.

Myerscough College 55-49 Derby College Trailblazers

Myerscough retained their lead at the top of the Northern conference with a low-scoring 55-49 victory against Derby.

Reigning Player of the Week Stephen Asante scored 11 points in the North West, though brother Peter and Emmanuel Yeboah (12pts each) shared top scorer honours.

Derby enjoyed 11 points from Ben Hooper but it wouldn’t be enough to stop the Trailblazers from falling to 5-3 on the year.

BMET 81-80 Newcastle Eagles Academy

There was a nail-biter in the West Midlands as BMET held on to beat Newcastle Eagles Academy 81-80.

Miles Moore was the hero as he top scored with 24 points for the Birmingham programme, cancelling out 20 points from Newcastle’s Joe Sheeran.

It was a tough one for the North East side to take as they were searching for their second win of the season, they now stay at 1-9 as BMET move up to 2-7 instead.

Charnwood College Riders 102-88 The Sheffield College

Charnwood remained on course for a potential Northern Conference title with a 102-88 victory over The Sheffield College.

20 points from both Lamarana Diallo and Josh Clarke keeps the Riders unbeaten at 6-0, with the reigning champs able to move back to the top of the standings should they win their games in hand.

Former Player of the Week Jason Holder had a quality outing for the South Yorkshire side, he led all scorers with 33 points.

John Madejski Academy 78-74 Oaklands College

Moving into the Southern Conference, JMA continued their move back towards a .500 record with a narrow 78-74 victory against Oaklands College.

Last season’s conference winners enjoyed 19 points from Tallas Zacharias, but 20 points from Josh Haworth would be enough to see JMA over the line.

City of London Academy Southwark 75-65 The Canterbury Academy

CoLA maintained their hold at the top of the South as they beat The Canterbury Academy 75-65.

The London programme are 6-2 and look well placed for a post-season spot, with their latest victory coming courtesy of 13 points from Max Coupe and Bendeguz Csernak.

Canterbury slip down to 2-5 following the loss, with Finn Rennie (27pts) putting in a great performance.

Copleston High School 55-108 Barking Abbey

Barking made it five wins out of five as they easily saw off bottom side Copleston 108-55.

The scoring of Michael Amako (21pts), Brennan Geoghegan (15pts)
and Nedas Cholevinskas (13pts) proved too much for the Suffolk programme, who fell to 1-5 despite 14 points from Vuyo Bango.

Barking remain just a win behind top dogs CoLA, though they have three games in hand over the cross-town neighbours.

Main image credit – Luke Simcock

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