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EABL Top Performers: Week 18

The playoffs are set, and the regular season is over. Here are the top performers from the last week of action.

Chris Yapo – Derby Trailblazers

Derby Trailblazers picked up an extremely important victory on the final day of the EABL regular season, beating Midlands rivals Charnwood 89-72. The win for Derby was enough to see them gain one more victory than SGS College, placing them in an all-important fourth seed spot and a ticket to the playoffs.

One of the standouts for Derby in their impressive victory was Chris Yapo. The Derby man has been one of Derby’s main offensive threats, finishing top three in the scoring column for the last three games for his team. He scored eight against the Newcastle Eagles, then 20 against Sheffield College, and finally dropping 28 versus Charnwood. His excellence from the field wasn’t the only part of his game that excelled, hauling down 14 rebounds, creating second-chance points opportunities, and nullifying the offensive threat.

Joe Webster – Derby Trailblazers

Another man who was imperative in securing Derby’s place in the EABL playoffs was Joe Webster, who like Chris Yapo, has been excellent in recent weeks in ensuring Derby fought off SGS for that final spot.

The 6ft6 guard used his size and athleticism to full effect in the game against Charnwood, scoring another 26 points like he did in the game before against Sheffield, he grabbed ten rebounds, and dished out five assists. Webster has continued to show his consistency through the last few weeks putting up double digit scoring in all but one of his games since the middle of February.  The versatile guard also finished eighth in the league for his assist average with 3.6 per game.

Ethan Conway – Barking Abbey

Barking Abbey secured their near perfect record in the final week of the EABL regular season with a close 71-67 victory over the John Madejski Academy. The win secured them the top seed spot by one victory, finishing three points ahead of the City of London Academy who finished with ten wins and two losses for the year.

The standout player for Barking in the win against JMA was 6ft4 wing Ethan Conway who led the Barking scoring with 20 points. Conway has been overshadowed in many respects by the depth of quality in the barking ranks, with Nedas Cholevinskas and Ignas Juskevicius looked at as the best guards this country has to offer at the EABL level.

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