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EABL Top Performers: Week 14

This week’s EABL players of the week were full of big-scoring performances and big players getting it done for their teams when they needed it the most.

Ashley Kitchen -John Madejski Academy

The John Madejski Academy was victorious over fellow strugglers Copleston High School 106-71 in a win that saw JMA move even further away from the bottom of the EABL Southern Conference. The man imperative for their success last time out and the first player in this week’s players of the week is JMA’s Ashley Kitchen. He scored a career-high 45 points in the game, dominating the defenders with inside and outside scoring. The 6ft6 forward used his length and athleticism to his full capability, becoming a major thorn in the Copleston High School defense. As well as the monstrous 45 points, Kitchen grabbed ten rebounds in the game, produced three steals, and dished out three assists.

Dec Kom – The Sheffield College

Sheffield College dominated SGS College after beating SGS 103-79. The win now leaves the Sheffield side nine points above Newcastle at the bottom, and nine points behind SGS who have slipped into the middle pack of the EABL Northern Conference after an unbeaten start. Dec Kom, the man with his future in America was behind the victory, producing a monstrous 37 points to help his team to victory and giving him the official EABL player of the week!

The 6ft1 guard has been solid in recent weeks, scoring 13 against Myerscough and 15 against Charnwood, despite both being losses. Kom’s all-around game complimented his major points overhaul, producing five assists and rebounds in the game. Hopefully, this is just a taster of things to come as he moves on to bigger and better things in the near future. The Sheffield guard also had a game-high 26 points in the European Youth Basketball League stage 2 fixture against Budapesti Honved.  

Dayvantia Campbell-Deeble – Myerscough

Perhaps the most interesting result of the week was Charnwood’s defeat to table toppers Myerscough, inflicting the reigning champions’ first loss of the season. Myerscough now moves to 10-2 for the season and Charnwood 8-1 with three games in hand, leaving the EABL top spot wide open, heading into the second half of the season. The standout player from the contest was Dayvantia Campbell-Deeble, dominating on both ends of the floor. The 6ft7 forward scored 23 points for his side, hauled in 12 rebounds, grabbed two steals, and produced two blocks in the game, helping his side get the job done over the EABL’s team to beat. Campbell-Deeble was impressive when he stepped up into the NBL Division two game against the Derbyshire Arrows, scoring 13 points, grabbing five boards, and one steal.

Matthew Goodwin – Manchester

[Harry Collins via HC Captures]

The final player in this week’s players of the week is Manchester Magic’s Matt Goodwin who scored 23 points, helping his side beat strugglers Birmingham Met College 75-38 in the latest round of EABL fixtures. Goodwin followed up his 17 points against fellow midtable team SGS College a few weeks back with another great performance against BMET last time out. The win for the Magic leaves them on an identical record to SGS with seven wins and four losses on 21 points, nine points above Sheffield who are placed below them in EABL Northern Conference.

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