Myerscough College vs Canterbury High School

Edoardo Del Cadia scored a game-high 29 points and hit six 3-pointers as Myerscough defeated Canterbury 75-64 on Wednesday to advance to the EABL Finals.

“I had to step up, and when the first shot went in the rest followed,” said Del Cadia. “Players want to show that they can perform in big games and I wanted to be in the finals — as a team that’s where we wanted to be.”

Del Cadia scored 17 of his points in the first half including back-to-back triples to give Myerscough a 21-18 lead and force Canterbury into a timeout with 5:57 on the clock, and Sco wouldn’t trail again.

Two more timely 3-pointers from Del Cadia pushed Myerscough into a five-point advantage, which led to a 36-29 gap in favour of the hosts at halftime.

“Edoardo has has two solid performances back-to-back and today he was the best player on the court,” said Myerscough coach Neal Hopkins. “He’s come a long way and is a tough cover inside and out and he proved a handful with the diversity of his game.”

Myerscough used a 13-5 run to start the third quarter to grab a 49-34 lead, growing to as many as 16 after halftime. Canterbury, however, cut its deficit to nine with under three minutes remaining before Sco closed the game out at the line.

Konrad Kantorski added 16 points and Callan Low had 11 for Myerscough, which reached the finals for the third time in the last five years where it will face Barking Abbey next Thursday at Leicester Arena.

“I’m really proud of this group,” said Canterbury coach Jesse Sazant. “You look at the adversity we went through, but they still bought into what we wanted to do.

“We made the right adjustments at halftime and made good decisions, but the few times we had some real momentum, guys from Myerscough — credit to them — made big plays.”

Elliot Bailey had 21 points and Jonathan Brown added 16 to lead Canterbury in the loss.

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