Academy Leagues: Playoffs reach Final Fours

Eight teams have now become four across the playoffs in the EABL, WEABL and CBL.

The first round of the playoffs is completed as we head towards the Final Fours, with teams just one win away from booking their place at Manchester's National Basketball Performance Centre.

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North #1 seeds Charnwood College Riders were given a real scare at home to South #4 seeds JMA Reading Rockets, who pushed them all the way to a 68-66 final score.

The Riders led for the full game until JMA stole the advantage midway through the fourth, forcing the hosts to battle back to keep their playoff run alive in a back-and-forth last-gasp thriller.

Edward Onyia's 28 points and 13 rebounds saved Charnwood as they shot just 28% in the contest, with Isaac Round (25pts, 12reb) so nearly driving the Rockets to what would have been a famous upset.

In the other half of the draw, South #1 seeds City of London Academy - Southwark are also safely through as they beat The Sheffield College 71-61.

Isaac Fiagbe (26pts, 9reb) was the standout for CoLA as they forced Sheffield into a 58-38 hole entering the fourth quarter, which proved to be too much to overcome despite a 14 point, 18 rebound double-double from Kelvin John.

Barking Abbey's title defence is still alive as they saw off North #3 seeds Derby Trailblazers 78-71 thanks to 18 points from Ethan Conway. Isaac Thorpe had a game-high 27 points for Derby in the loss. 

Myerscough College ended the run of The Canterbury Academy on Tuesday afternoon, beating the Kent programme 72-68.

Daniel Nwauzu (25pts, 11reb) and Tyrese Lacey (19pts, 10ast, 6stl, 5reb) both had double-double performances for the hosts, cancelling out 25 points from Ludlow Hewson.


#1 seeds Charnwood College Riders are the only North conference team left in the playoffs after they beat last year's finalists Itchen College 62-48.

Louise Fisher's 15 points and 13 rebounds made a big difference in a low scoring battle, with Tilly Goddard dropping an impressive 29 points in the loss for Itchen.

South champs Copleston High School had no problems beating JMA Reading Rockets for a third time this season, coming through 78-38 behind 20 points and nine boards from Yazmin Edwards. 

Defending champs City of London Academy - Southwark outclassed North #3 seeds Nottingham Academy Wildcats, coming away with an 89-21 victory.

Nottingham were kept to single digit scoring in all four quarters as Felicia Jacobs (21pts, 19reb) powered CoLA at the other end.

North #2 seeds Manchester Mystics are also out as they went down 57-53 at home to Oaklands Wolves.

The Wolves held the lead from tip to buzzer despite a few Mystics' fightbacks, but the North West programme could never get the key basket needed to tie things up.

Rosie Porter (15pts), Caitlin Ryan (14pts) and Cleo Lewis-Gayle (12pts) did the damage for the visitors as Carina Costa (14pts) top scored for Manchester.


St Aloysius kept their unbeaten season on track, tacking a playoff win onto their regular season 12-0 record as they topped Xaverian College 78-58.

Defending champions Shenley Brook End's title defence is still alive but they were put to the test against a strong New City College Hackney side, with a close 63-57 final score.

Holy Trinity Storm were able to see off Northolt High School but it was also a close run thing as the #3 seeds advanced and moved on 81-79.

The visitors nearly pulled off a stunning come back as the HTS offence went missing in the fourth but a 16-6 final frame would leave Northolt just short come the final buzzer.

Carmel College are also progressing after they beat The Crest Academy 84-74 behind 21 points apiece from guards Kadir Crawford and Joe Collamat, with team mate Christian Airoboma adding 19 more.