EABL Recap – 2 February

As the calendar flips over into February, the EABL season is just another step closer to what is sure to be an exciting playoff race.

As teams keep working hard to complete their fixtures, there were six games this past Wednesday with plenty to shout about.

Here’s a recap of all the action, and each score is clickable to access the top scorers/box score where available.

Itchen College 104-43 The Canterbury College

Itchen moved into a tie for second place in the Southern conference as they easily beat Canterbury 104-43.

The South coast side shared the offensive load to pass into triple digits as a team despite no player toping 20 points.

Max Matthews had 18, Cooper Shannon added 13 more, whilst Zak Missouri, Leslie Okafor and La Casinillo all closed with 12.

Emmanuel Jolaoluwa top scored for Canterbury, he had a game-high 22 points.

John Madejski Academy 84-74 Barking Abbey

JMA handed Barking their first defeat of the season as they won 84-74 on Wednesday afternoon.

Kivuvu Live was the star man for the hosts, he had 32 points as Isaac Round and Roniel Oguekwe both added 17 more.

Despite the loss, Barking are still the only team in the conference to have tasted defeat just once this season so winning their games in hand will see them back on top before too long.

To do that they’ll need more performances from Joe Buchanan, he had a team-high 21 points in this one.

James Watt College-BMet 82-57 Manchester Magic Academy

22 points from Jonathan Ntumba helped James Watt get back to winning ways as they beat Manchester Magic Academy 82-57.

After an unbeaten start to the season, JWC came unstuck in back-to-back weeks coming into this game, but Ntumba’s contribution helped the Birmingham programme get back on course.

Manchester were led by 20 points from Zak Moore as Magic slip to 1-11 on the year.

Charnwood College Riders 68-66 Myerscough College

In the top of the conference clash between Charnwood and Myerscough, the Riders struck a telling blow as they beat their North West rivals 68-66.

In a game packed with excitement given the regular season title and #1 seed for the post season were on the line, both teams played hard and put on a fitting performance for such an occasion.

In the end it was Charnwood who would emerge victorious, with Kanu Gudza’s 23 points leading all scorers.

Reigning Player of the Week Bryan Akanmu was the standout for the visitors, he closed on 18 points as Zeki Cavli added 18 more.

The Sheffield College 79-71 SGS College

Sheffield gained some revenge for a loss to SGS earlier in the season, beating the Bristol side 79-71.

SGS shocked the South Yorkshire programme in the first half of the season, winning 101-85 back in November to derail Sheffield’s bright start to the year.

The win here came courtesy of 21 points from former Player of the Week Charles Okafor, with guard Nathan Jones chipping in another 20.

Cameron Watson led all scorers for SGS, he had an impressive 24 points, whilst Jason Soodeen continued his solid campaign as well, he dropped 23 points.

Newcastle Eagles Academy 66-98 Derby College Trailblazers

Newcastle remain winless this season as they went down 98-66 at home to Derby.

The visitors proved too strong as they collected their fifth victory of the season behind 18 points from Simeon Perry.

The Eagles were once again led by their three “J’s”, with Joe Sheeran (24pts), Jakey Weech (16pts) and Josh Osarenkhoe (10pts) all playing well.

Main image credit – Charnwood College Riders

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