EABL Playoffs 2021/22 – Final preview plus Final Four recap

The EABL playoffs field was narrowed from four to two on Wednesday with Myerscough and Charnwood sealing their spots in the Manchester showpiece.

We’ve got a preview of the final and a recap of all the action from the semi-finals.

Final Preview

The EABL Final will take place at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester on 30 March – and Myerscough will face off with Charnwood after two dramatic semis.

It promises to be a battle royal and fitting return after the cancelled 2020/21 season.

The pair split their regular season encounters, each winning their home leg. Charnwood secured a nail-biter in the Midlands 68-66, whilst ‘Sco’s 92-79 home victory was the Riders’ only loss of the regular season.

The two teams have regularly traded blows at the top of the Northern conference for a number of seasons, and taking their battle to Manchester for what is sure to be a stunning final will provide a fitting end to what has been a brilliant campaign.

Final Four recap

#2 Myerscough College 92-76 #4 The Sheffield College

Myerscough got out of the traps fast to set themselves on the way to a convincing win, despite a brave effort from their visitors.

With a 31-17 lead by the end of the first quarter, ‘Sco never looked back as they powered their way to victory behind 22 points from Ridley Shema.

Pedro Ellery (17) and Juelz Robinson (16) also made big contributions as the home team led by 16 at the half and 25 going into the final period.

Declan Kom had a game-high 24 points for Sheffield and was well supported by Charles Okafor (23) and Jamie McGrail’s 13.

#1 Charnwood College Riders 72-67 #2 Barking Abbey

Charnwood had to come from behind in the second semi of the day with Victor Ndoukou instrumental in getting them back to the final.

The big man led the scoring with 24 points, including a pivotal four-point play in the dying minutes that cemented the home team’s fightback.

Barking had held a narrow lead with just over two minutes to play before
Kanu Gudza’s three edged Charnwood ahead. It was followed by another from Ndoukou, who added one from the line as the visitors’ hopes faded.

Gudza hit 16 with Louie Jordan adding 15. Denilson Caschill (13) led the way for Barking with Cem Uner (12) and nine apiece from Eddie Colley and
Zamoku Weluche.

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