Academy Update 3

  Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wednesday afternoon saw James Watt College make the trip up the M6 to face the Manchester Magic Academy. After a low scoring affair, it was James Watt that took a 57-47 victory.

The first five minutes saw Magic go on a 15-4 run to open the contest, with Manchester’s Jason Ani scoring the first five points. By the mid-point of the first period James Watt had settled into the game and fought back well, behind a fantastic job on the glass by Wakeem Richardson who would finish the contest with a game-high 18 points.

The visitors implemented 2-3 and 3-2 zone defences for the rest of the game which continued to cause Manchester problems, with the hosts heading into the final period down by four. Early in the fourth James Watt picked up multiple steals and easy break-away layups to take an eight point lead, which the Magic would not recover from.

Manchester were led by 11 points from Jason Ani, as Josh Grant had 10 and Dan Gargan chipped in 9. In addition to Wakeem Richardson’s 18 point effort, James Watt had contributions from Ian Rodriguez with 15 and Daniel Penkov who had 12.

Magic Coach Peter Paraskeva commented after the game, “We were simply no where near the standard today. We have to remember how young we are, and with that comes inexperience in vital moments. When the pressure was on we didn’t execute but that is all part of the learning process.”

Next week sees the Magic take on Myerscough on the road, while James Watt College make the trip up to Newcastle on 28 November.

Source: EABL


The first home game of the season for Charnwood College saw them take on Manchester Mystics Academy, after a close encounter at NBL Under 18 level at the weekend. This match-up wouldn’t be as tight, as the Riders took a convincing 98-39 victory to improve to 2-0 in the Northern Conference.

The was the first time that the two teams had met in the WEABL this season, which brought a competitive first quarter out of both teams as it finished 16-14 to the Riders. However, after a couple adjustments, Charnwood started to kick into gear which saw seven different players score and give Riders a 22 point lead at the half.

“Today’s game started to show what we are capable of as a team,” said Charnwood forward Rebecca Morrison“It’s really enjoyable to see everyone come together to achieve our goals and secure the win. I’m looking forward to us developing and improving as the season continues and to show everyone what we as a team can achieve.”

The second half saw the Riders increase their intensity on defence which allowed them to get out and run the floor well. The home side really began to find their rhythm as they hit 10 three-pointers with good ball movement. The Manchester side continued to be compete physically, playing all the way through to the final buzzer.

Holly Winterburn led the hosts with 18 points, supported by 15 from Rebecca Morrision and 12 from Holly Davies. Meanwhile, Jade Mbam had 11 points to pace Manchester, while Chloe Andrew chipped in 10.

Charnwood’s will next game sees them host Nottingham Academy Wildcats on 28 November, while Manchester welcome Myerscough College next Wednesday.

Source: WEABL




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