Academy recap: All the latest action from the EABL and WEABL - week eight

With some teams playing their final games of 2023, there was a festive feel throughout the Academy Leagues yesterday.

Across five EABL games and a trio of WEABL clashes, some teams enjoyed the gift of a valuable win before the mid-season break, whilst others might have closed the year on the naughty list.

Here’s how all the action played out on another exciting Wednesday afternoon.


In the big clash at the top of the North conference, Charnwood College Riders once again got the better of rivals Myerscough College 83-74.

Neither team led by more than six points for the majority before a late 7-0 run from Charnwood produced just enough of an advantage to seal the deal.

Oscar Curran (28pts, 5reb, 5ast) and Edward Onyia (24pts, 15reb) were both in great form for the hosts, as Tyrese Lacey (30pts) led all scorers for 'Sco.

The win puts the Riders in pole position for the Conference's top spot with a 5-1 record, though there's still a long way to go.

A 34 point, 10 rebound double-double from Diego Perez-Tosca helped SGS College nab their second win of the season, beating BMET City of Birmingham Rockets 78-68.

Larry Duru (18pts, 11reb), Ethan Haywood (16pts, 5ast) and Nektarious Papadopoulos (15pts, 5reb) all chipped in for BMET, but it wouldn't be enough to topple a mighty outing from Perez-Tosca.

Derby Trailblazers continued their push for the top of the standings with a 109-94 victory against Manchester Magic.

Elliot Lawrence had 24 points to go with nine boards for the hosts, with Joe Buchanan top scoring for Magic with 23.

With South leaders Canterbury taking a week off, City of London Academy - Southwark were able to pull within three points of the Kent programme with an 80-66 W against Oaklands Wolves.

An even contest for the most part, CoLA used a 26-13 final frame to pull away late and take the win, thanks to a game-high 17 point from guard Khyle Capanzana.

A strong 31 point outing from Femi Edu allowed Copleston High School to ease past JMA Reading Rockets 81-72 in the South's other game.

Adu did the damage on an efficient 12/18 shooting afternoon, taking on five rebounds, four assists and four steals for good measure. Isaac Round, Harry Milbank and Isaac Spurrier all had 15 points for JMA.


Copleston High School maintained their unbeaten pace at the top of the South standings with a 100-32 demolition of JMA Reading Rockets.

Yazmin Edwards dropped 31 points in the win, adding six assists and seven steals in just over 20 minutes of action to cap a great afternoon's work.

City of London Academy - Southwark also remain unbeaten, moving to 3-0 after a 64-39 W at home to Oaklands Wolves.

CoLA held their opponents to just two points in the opening frame and 11 overall across the first half to build a lead they'd never look like losing, with Aaliyah Clarke (14pts, 6reb) the pick of the bunch for the hosts.

CoLA and Copleston are set to play each other home and away in January, with those games sure to play a major part in the South conference title race.

Itchen College joined CoLA on nine points after their 71-50 win against Barking Abbey.

Former Player of the Week Fernanda Loberto had a game-high 19 points for Itchen, as Florrie Cotterill added 16 more.

Scarlett Peet was the top scorer for BA, she had 13.




Main image credit - Lauren Newham