Academy recap: Big wins for Charnwood, Barking and others - week five

Both the EABL and WEABL continue to serve up quality contests for Academy fans, and week five was no exception.

Four EABL games took place yesterday, with a further trio of WEABL encounters, as both Barking and Charnwood picked up a pair of wins across the leagues.

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


In the North Conference, Charnwood College Riders continued their unbeaten start to the season, beating Nottingham Academy Wildcats 73-61.

Back-to-back Player of the Week Erin Powell showed no signs of slowing down, dropping a 25-point, 10-rebound effort on the hosts, as team mate Louise Fisher (15pts, 16reb) also played well.

Valerie Cassidy Defalco played the full 40 for Nottingham to close with 35 points, but it wouldn't be enough.

Manchester Mystics strung together consecutive wins as they knocked off The Sheffield College 99-75.

A 23-9 third quarter broke the game open for the hosts, with Elizandra Costa (20pts, 8ast) plus Alejandra Escriva Gay and Carina Costa (15pts each) all doing the damage.

The only contest in the South saw Barking Abbey secure a home win against JMA Reading Rockets, coming through with a 62-55 final score.

BA's Elizaveta Spridonova contributed a team-high 18 points, making a big different in the low-scoring contest, cancelling out a 26 point, 19 rebound double-double from Elia Ando.


Charnwood College Riders continued their solid early-season form with a comfortable 82-56 victory over The Sheffield College.

The hosts shared the love on offence as Edward Onyia (15pts), Lewis Gleason (13pts), Caiden Ross and Lewis Malcolm (10pts each) all chipped in.

Derby Trailblazers and SGS College played out an entertaining contest with plenty of offence, with DTB eventually sealing a 120-85 victory.

Derby's Isaac Thorpe (37pts, 7ast) and SGS' Kobe Hill (22pts, 6/8 3pt) had a quality back-and-forth battle but it was the hosts who would seal the points in the end.

Moving South, The Canterbury Academy erased a fourth-quarter deficit to beat Itchen College 68-63.

The hosts went into the final frame trailing 53-51 before forging ahead, with Ludlow Hewson scoring a game-high 29 points.

There was also a close contest between Barking Abbey and JMA Reading Rockets, with BA edging it 79-75.

JMA were left wondering what might have been after leading by as many as 12 points midway through the final quarter, only for the hosts to roar back with a 19-1 run to flip the game on its head.

Bolade Egbeyemi scored an efficient 18 points on 7/12 shooting for Barking, with Harry Milbank (23pts) and Isaac Round (22pts) doing the bulk of the heavy lifting for JMA.




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