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EABL 2022/2023 Season Preview

The EABL 2022/23 campaign is nearly here. 15 teams filled with talent will battle it out with the first game on 5th October.

Fans can look forward to what seems to be an exciting season as teams aim to play in the Playoffs Final in March. Last season saw Charnwood College Riders win their third title in a close final against Myerscough College.

The defending champions will face Derby College Trailblazers on the road, to kick off their season. Charnwood have looked solid at times during pre-season but have had a tough run in the KitKing trophy. They lost in the opening round to the Loughborough Riders by 39 points.

They also suffered a 122-52 loss to Hemel Storm in their last game in the competition. Nottingham Hoods also celebrated their biggest win in club history beating Charnwood by 79 points.

The runner-ups, Myerscough, will host The Manchester Magic Academy. They also returned to the EYBL (Elite Youth Basketball League) after a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2019/2020 season saw Myerscough claim the EYBL regular season championship and progression to the superfinal where they lost 75-58 to BC Tsmoki-Minsk.

“There was certainly some unfinished business at the end of the season both abroad and domestically and I know our guys would’ve risen to the task if given the chance. To be able to be back on that stage and give a new group a chance to re-establish ourselves and work towards a new set of goals with their own challenges will be exciting.” Head Coach Neal Hopkins told the club website.

Myerscough will be without the EABL North MVP Bryan Akanmu. He had a great season averaging 19.4 ppg and helped lead his team to the second-best record in the league and the finals.

The forward has signed with New Mexico Military Institute.

SGS College will host BMET whilst Newcastle Eagle Academy will host The Sheffield College. Barking Abbey will travel and face The Canterbury Academy.

Conference winners Oaklands College will start their campaign at home against Copleston High School. Oakland will of course be without the reigning EABL South MVP Kane Daley, as he was part of the class of 2022. He averaged 19.2 ppg and 9.4 RPG.

Last season saw the Wolves win their first-ever conference title with a 10-2 record. City of London Academy – Southwark will also travel to take on Itchen College.

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