EABL recap – 1 February

The calendar has flipped to February, yet another sign that the end of the regular is beckoning.

Nine games this past week is also an indication that the playoffs are coming, with teams across the league working hard to complete their regular season schedules.

We take a look at all the action in our weekly recap below.

The Manchester Magic Academy 83-71 Derby College Trailblazers

Manchester continued their charge for a top-four spot as they beat Derby College Trailblazers 83-71.

Ben Brown and Joe Buchanan shared top scorer duties for the hosts with 18 points, as Shaq Furlonge added 16 more.

Joe Webster was a standout for the visitors on 16 points as Derby fell to fourth in the standings, tied with yesterday’s opponents.

SGS College 84-55 Newcastle Eagles Academy

SGS got back to winning ways, beating the Northern Conference’s basement side Newcastle 84-55.

The victory ended a three-game losing streak for the South West programme, with 22 points for Callum Smart leading the way.

Joe Sheeran top-scored for Newcastle, he had 16 points.

Myerscough College 87-52 The Sheffield College

Myerscough kept the pressure on Charnwood as leaders in the North, tacking on an 87-52 victory against Sheffield to their list of successes.

‘Sco’s latest win came courtesy of 18 points from Stephen Asante, cancelling out 13 points from Dec Kom.

The victory pushes the North West side to 9-2 on the year, though Charnwood’s (8-0) games in hand will still be key.

All eyes will be on what is sure to be a blockbuster match up between the two sides in the Midlands next week.

BMET 56-66 Charnwood College Riders

Charnwood kept their Northern conference fate in their own hands with a 66-55 road win in Birmingham.

BMET were denied a third win of the season due to 17 points from Dan Hadley, with the ever-impressive Lamarana Diallo continuing his hot form to drop 16 more.

Miles Moore led the way for BMET, he had 16 points.

Copleston High School 63-79 City of London Academy – Southwark

CoLA retained their place at the top of the Southern conference as they saw off Copleston 79-63.

The win keeps CoLA in first place ahead of Itchen and Barking, setting up what is sure to be an exciting climax to the regular season.

Top-scorer honours went to Max Coupe (18pts) and Joe Lavin (17pts) for the visitors, though it was Copleston’s Vuyo Bango (20pts) that would lead all scorers.

Itchen College 90-61 The Canterbury Academy

Itchen stayed just three points off top spot with a game in hand after a comfortable 90-61 win against Canterbury.

As has often been the case this season, the South coast programme enjoyed a standout performance from Tyler Fairbairn (20pts), with Josh Smith-White adding 16 points in support.

Former Player of the Week Tim Obuh (23pts) top scored for Canterbury, who retain the conference’s fourth and final playoff place.

John Madejski Academy 67-76 Barking Abbey

JMA couldn’t move into a tie for a playoff spot as they fell at home 76-67 to title challengers Barking Abbey.

BA are still the only team in the South with just one loss to their name, meaning winning their games in hand will see them rise to the top of the pile.

A contest with second place Itchen next place will be a big one, though the Londoners will no doubt be looking for more production from Michael Amako, who scored 15 points to lead the way here.

Tuesday – The Canterbury Academy 79-55 Copleston High School

Tuesday afternoon saw a match up between Canterbury and Copleston, with the Kent hosts coming out on top 79-55.

One of the reasons for that was a game-high 26 points from Fin Rennie, as Ludlow Hewson contributed 15 more to cancel out 17 points from Tyreese Perry-Huggins.

Monday – Charnwood College Riders 96-74 Derby College Trailblazers

Charnwood continued to work through their fixture backlog, winning one of their games in hand by defeating Derby 96-74.

Lamarana Diallo started the week as he meant to go on with a game-high 21 points before his impressive contribution on Wednesday, with Josh Clarke dropping 20 points of his own.

Ben Hooper led the way for Derby with 20 points, who won’t have enjoyed a double loss week in their quest to cement a playoff spot.

Main image credit – Charnwood College Riders

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