Academy recap: Regular season finish line now in sight - week 16

There's less than a week to go in the regular season with yesterday's action now in the book.

Time is ticking to get schedules wrapped up, with the final Wednesday of the league campaign right around the corner.

Copleston and Charnwood have already claimed the WEABL titles on offer, but it's going down to the wire in both EABL leagues after yesterday's results.

Read on for how all the action played out on another exciting Wednesday afternoon.


The Canterbury Academy's (9-3) regular season title dreams are hanging by a thread after a 97-77 defeat to defending champs Barking Abbey (8-3).

18 points from Mekhi Hendry and 17 more from Moziah King-Danchie was enough to do the damage for the hosts, leaving the Kent programme needing help from elsewhere to take the title with one week to go.

City of London Academy - Southwark (9-2) took care of business on Tuesday to keep their own hopes alive, knocking off Itchen College (4-7) 72-55 thanks to 22 points from guard Khyle Capanzana.

The race for the #1 seed and regular season glory is now in CoLA's hands. Win next week at home to Copleston and they'll be champions.

A loss next week plus a win for Barking away to Itchen will tie all three teams at the top on 27 points. A three-way tiebreaker (* - see bottom of article for full details) between those sides would suit Barking, leaving Canterbury second and CoLA third.

If both teams lose, Canterbury would claim top spot due to their straight head-to-head with CoLA.

There was one other game in the South yesterday, with Itchen coming through as 87-84 winners against Oaklands Wolves (2-10).

Will Taylor's 27 point, 16 rebound double-double got the job done for the visitors, cancelling out 21 points from Oliver Rudzinski.

Itchen's playoff fate was already sealed before this week began, confirming JMA Reading Rockets as the #4 seeds.

In the North, Myerscough College (9-2) beat BMET City of Birmingham Rockets (1-11) 72-64.

The title is still Charnwood's to lose going into next week. Win their home game with Derby and they'll be champs. Lose, and a win for Myerscough at home to Sheffield will allow the North West programme to swoop in for top spot instead. 

Derby Trailblazers (8-3) saw off The Sheffield College (6-5) for the second week in a row, narrowly coming through 65-62.

Genti Cokaj (18pts, 12reb) was the hero for DTB and his battle with Sheffield's Adam Tokpah (20pts, 14reb) was a good one.

Derby can still catch leaders Myerscough and Charnwood, should they beat the Riders next week and 'Sco lose to Sheffield. The three-way tiebreaker isn't in their favour however due to losing twice to Myerscough and once already to Charnwood.

Should there be a tie though, it would go the way of Charnwood regardless of next week's result, with 'Sco second and DTB third.

For reference, Myerscough hold the tiebreaker with Derby, and the tiebreaker between Charnwood and Derby is still TBC.


With the North conference already wrapped, that just left a single South game in the WEABL yesterday as City of London Academy - Southwark (7-2) hammered Itchen College (4-5) 79-31.

Itchen were held to just 18 points across the first three quarters, with Madeleine Warren and Debra Wilson-Osuide (12pts each) both playing well off the CoLA bench.

The result confirms the final seedings in the South, with Copleston #1, CoLA #2, Oaklands #3 and Itchen #4 regardless of next week's results.

JMA Reading Rockets are #5 and Barking Abbey #6, with both those teams taking part in the Play In games against the North's #3 and #4 seeds next week.




EABL South tiebreaker

To settle a three way tie, the following criteria is used as per Academy regulation 4.5:

1) Calculate only the results of the games between the teams that are tied in a mini-league table.
2) In the event that there are still teams tied after the second classification, then point difference will be used to determine the placings, taking into account only the results of the games between the teams still tied.

For point 1), all three teams have won their home games against each other, and lost away. This means that all three teams in the mini-league have a 2-2 record against each other and all three remain tied.

For point 2), calculating the points for and against in the matches from point 1) is as follows:

  • Barking Abbey - For 316, Against 292, Different +23
  • The Canterbury Academy - For 306, Against 313, Difference -7
  • City of London Academy - Southwark - For 266, Against 282, Difference -16

A three-way tie would therefor leave Barking as #1, Canterbury #2 and CoLA #3.