Academy POTW: Onyia goes off for 40

One week remains of the regular season, meaning there's only a few more Player of the Week awards to hand out.

Six games have taken place in the last week across both EABL conferences, with the WEABL South also getting within a few games of completion. There was still time for players to demonstrate their skills ahead of the playoffs though.

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How it works 

Player of the Week will be selected by paying attention to the following criteria:

  • Efficiency  
  • Stats  
  • Team and opposition strength  
  • Periods of influence in the game 
  • Being on a winning team (exceptional performances from players on losing teams will be considered)

Other players will also receive a shout out as honourable mentions as well.


Charnwood are just a win away from claiming the North Conference, with their latest victory coming after a 98-49 triumph over BMET City of Birmingham Rockets.

The top vs bottom clash got out of hands due to a stunning 40 point effort from Edward Onyia, who repeatedly found a way to hurt the Rockets on offence, shooting at a 65% clip that included 4/6 from beyond the arc.

Doing his damage in just 27:57 of action, Onyia also added nine boards and two assists to his 42 efficiency outing, impressing as the playoffs move into view.

Speaking about the game, Onyia said: "I’m very honoured to be receiving this award again, I’m thankful that my hard work has been showing through in games and I want to keep putting in the work and getting better."

Charnwood head coach Louis Chamberlain added: "It was a huge performance from Edward in the last game against Birmingham.

"He showed his versatility with both an inside and outside presence. It was a pleasure to witness his 40 point performance from the sideline."

Honourable mentions

Genti Cokaj (DTB) - 18P/12R4A/2S/26EFF

Nathaniel Hanson (CHA) - 11P/5R/10A/3S/22EFF

Isaac Fiagbe (CoLA) - 19P/9R/2S/23EFF

Will Taylor (ITC) - 27P/16R/27EFF

Taylor Campbell (MYE) - 14P/13R/3A/24EFF


Just a single WEABL game took place in week 16 as City of London Academy Southwark (7-2) easily saw off Itchen College (4-5) 79-31.

Dropping below the threshold of games to award a formal Player of the Week, CoLA were led by three players who all enjoyed 15 efficiency outings worthy of note.

Violet Stutz (7pts, 7reb, 3ast, 4stl), Adaora Dioramma (8pts, 3reb, 3stl) and Abigail Isibor (6pts, 7reb, 3ast) all did well, with Aaliyah Clarke (11pts, 6reb, 13eff) and Debra Wilson-Osuide (12pts, 3ast, 2reb, 13eff) also doing their bit in the win.

Itchen were led in scoring by Tilly Goddard on nine points, and Fernanda Loberto had 10 boards.