EABL recap – 8 February

With the playoffs looming next month, time is quickly decreasing for the 2022/23 regular season.

Teams across the land were busy this past week, with seven games taking place across the EABL’s two conferences.

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

BMET 38-75 The Manchester Magic Academy

Manchester kept up their playoff push with a comfortable 75-38 win over BMET.

Playing lights-out D to hold the hosts under 40 points, Magic enjoyed 23 points from Matt Goodwin to move their record up to 7-4 on the season.

That puts the Lancashire programme level with SGS and Derby on 21 points, with all three teams trying to fit into two playoff places.

Charnwood College Riders 66-80 Myerscough College

In one of the week’s biggest games, Northern conference top two Charnwood and Myerscough clashed, with ‘Sco emerging victorious 80-66.

Dayvantia Campbell-Deeble led all scorers with a game-high 23 points when it mattered most, as Euan Birch (14pts) and Denilson Caschili (13pts) also starred.

Lamarana Diallo (14pts) top scored for Charnwood, who fell to their first defeat of the season here but still have their fate in their own hands.

At 8-1, the Midlands programme are still one defeat better off than Myerscough so winning out from here will still see the Riders over the line as conference champs

Charnwood are set to make up their games in hand next week, with ties against Derby (Tuesday), SGS (Wednesday) and Manchester (Thursday) already pencilled in.

The Sheffield College 103-79 SGS College

Sheffield dealt SGS’s playoff aspirations another blow with a 103-79 defeat yesterday.

After starting the season as one of the Conference’s top dogs, SGS have now dropped back into a three-way tie for third and fourth place with Derby and Manchester.

Thirty seven points from Dec Kom did the damage for Sheffield here, cancelling out 23 points from Jayden Edwards.

Sheffield have left their own playoff charge too late despite the win, sitting three wins off fourth spot with just two games left to play.

Newcastle Eagles Academy 60-109 Derby College Trailblazers

Derby enjoyed a straight-forward win against bottom side Newcastle, coming out on top 109-60.

Isaac Thorpe’s 23 points led all scorers for the visitors with Ben Hooper (16pts) and Chris Yapo (8pts) also chipping in.

Favour Ajayi top scored for the Eagles with 17 points, who fell to 1-12 on the season.

John Madejski Academy 106-71 Copleston High School

JMA continued their push for a potential playoff spot with a 106-71 win at home to Copleston.

With two games left, JMA are now one win behind fourth place Canterbury with a game in hand, leaving the pair in a tight battle as the season goes down to the wire.

Ashley Kitchen had a stunning 45 points for the hosts to craft the win against the Conference’s basement side, with Tyreese Perry-Huggins (23pts) leading the way for Copleston.

The Canterbury Academy 59-58 Oaklands College

Canterbury kept their nose in front of chasing JMA with a narrow 59-58 win against Oaklands College.

In a low-scoring battle, Herny Whysall (13pts), Finn Rennie (11pts) Shem Onadeko and Ludlow Hewson (10pts each) all contributed for the hosts, with Freddie Hiscock (10pts) the only scorer in double digits for Oaklands.

Canterbury now have one game remaining, away to 6-1 Barking Abbey, before the end of their regular season schedule.

The Kent programme do hold the head-to-head tiebreaker with JMA however, should the two teams finish tied on points.

Tuesday – City of London Academy 59-47 Copleston High School

CoLA continued to put the pressure on Barking to win their games in hand, further stretching their lead at the top of the Southern conference with a 59-47 win against Copleston on Tuesday.

Max Coupe continued his impressive campaign to top score on 18 points for CoLA, as 22 points from Tyreese Perry-Huggins wouldn’t be enough to keep Copleston from falling to defeat.

CoLA currently have two losses this season compared to Barking’s one, but BA still have four games in hand to make up on their London neighbours in what is becoming an increasingly short period of time.

Itchen will also be keeping a close eye on those games in hand, since the South coast programme also have just two losses on the year.

Main image credit – Luke Simcock

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