EABL recap – 25 January

With the calendar nearing the end of January, the number of weeks remaining in the EABL regular season is shrinking fast.

With six contests this past Wednesday, a number of teams claimed key wins that saw them make a move in the Northern and Southern standings.

To find out who, take a look at our weekly recap below.

The Sheffield College 93-61 BMET

Sheffield continued their push for a playoff spot as they saw off BMET 93-61.

Former Player of the Week Jason Holder top scored with 22 points, supported by Jermaine Wilson-Tra, who dropped 18.

Suwad Francis led the way for the 2-8 BMET programme, he had 21 points as the only player for his side in double figures.

The Newcastle Academy 58-86 Myerscough College

Myerscough extended their lead at the top of the Northern conference thanks to a comfortable 86-58 victory against Newcastle.

With second-place Charnwood without a game, 16 points from Euan Birch and 12 more from Emmanuel Akubuo gave Sco their eighth win of the season, creating a six-point gap over the Riders having played four games more.

Favour Ajayi top scored with 15 points for the Eagles, who remain rooted to the foot of the Northern standings with a 1-10 record.

Derby College Trailblazers 116-79 SGS College

Derby claimed a huge home win against SGS College, utilising plenty of offence for a 116-79 scoreline.

Harry Mitchell (24pts), Ben Hooper (20pts) and Armandas Ilijinas (14pts) all played their part in pushing DCT past the century mark and into a 6-3 tie for third with SGS.

After a 6-0 start, coach Bourne’s side have now dropped three in a row, with Jayden Edwards (28 pts) their top scorer this week.

Barking Abbey 62-64 City of London Academy – Southwark

CoLA moved a step closer to sealing the Southern conference title with a narrow 64-62 road win against Barking.

With BA sitting on games in hand in the race for top spot, the former champs suffered their first defeat of the season as CoLA’s Clemson Edomwonyin and Max Coupe (12pts each) both played well.

Moziah Danchie (14pts) top scored for BA, who still have their fate in their own hands in the race for the top. Win out from here in their final six games and the title can still be theirs.

The Canterbury Academy 60-43 John Madejski Academy

Canterbury claimed a major win in the race for the Southern conference’s fourth and final playoff spot by beating fellow challengers JMA 60-43.

In a low-scoring scrap, the Kent programme made the most of 15 points from Ludlow Hewson, with former POTW Tim Oboh adding 14 in support.

JMA’s defeat sees them fall to 3-5, the same record as Canterbury, with Ashley Kitchen (12pts) top scoring here.

Oaklands College 79-103 Itchen College

Itchen kept themselves in the title mix with a confident 103-79 road win against Oaklands.

The reigning Southern champs had no answer for Tyler Fairbairn, who’s 27 points led all scorers, whilst Zak Missouri added 19 more.

At 6-2 the South coast programme can move into a tie with CoLA if they win their game in hand, though maintaining that spot depends on what Barking do the rest of the way.

The loss pushed Oaklands down to 2-7 on the year, though they’re only one win away from the Canterbury/JMA scrap for a spot in the top four.

Main image credit – Luke Simcock

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