Academy recap: Curtain falls on EABL, WEABL for 2023 - week ten

The Academy Leagues move into the mid-season break, with 2023 now in the books.

The year closed with a pair of EABL encounters and a single WEABL fixture, with both leagues set to resume on 10 January 2024.

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

With limited action to choose from across both leagues, there will be no Player of the Week award in week 10.


With the North Conference now on ice until the New Year, there were two games in the South yesterday to get us all wrapped up.

Canterbury Academy (7-1) capped their stunning first half of the season with an 87-62 victory against Oaklands Wolves (2-6).

The Kent programme won all four quarters on the way to the 25-point win, with Shem Onadeko (20pts, 7reb, 2stl) and Ludlow Hewson (18[ts, 8reb, 7ast, 3stl) both putting up 23 efficiency performances.

Luke Thornton splashed six triples for the hosts from 10 attempts to close with 20 points, and William Irvine (21pts, 7reb) was the standout for Oaklands.

Barking Abbey (4-2) ended their year on a high with a 104-82 road win against Copleston High School (2-5).

The defending champs exploded for 37 points in the opening frame to set the tone for the contest, creating a lead that touched 34 points shortly before the half.

Harry Godwin hit four of his five shots from beyond the arc to close on 20 points, with Ethan Conway and Moziah King-Danchie both dropping 18 points.

Lewis Obiorah (10pts, 14reb) posted a highly efficient double-double on 4/6 shooting, leaving Sam Wood (18pts, 11reb) to continue his hot form for Copleston.


Copleston High School (6-0) are unbeaten leaders in the South Conference after they made short work of Barking Abbey (1-5) to win 98-35.

Copleston's usual suspects were all on form, with Yazmin Edwards (20pts, 6reb, 3stl), Liv Forster (16pts, 8reb, 3ast) and Christabel Osarobo (16pts, 4stl) all enjoying productive afternoons.

Barking were led by Alice Woodward, who had 17 points and five boards as the only BA scorer to make it to double digits.




Main image credit - Tara St Clair