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EABL Top Performers: Game Week 1

The EABL has returned this week, with five players setting the tone for their teams with top performances to begin the campaign. Here are the top five players of the week for the opening round of EABL fixtures!

L to R: Khyle Capanzana, Diego Perez-Tosca, Timothy Oboh, Genti Cokaj, Oscar Curran

Oscar Curran, Charnwood Riders

Charnwood Riders came up short on their back-to-back effort in last season’s EABL campaign, but they started their year in champions style, beating last year’s runners-up Myerscough 71-80 on the road.

The star player on the day for Charnwood was 6ft2 guard Oscar Curran, whose complete performance helped Charnwood come away with a convincing nine-point victory.

Curran finished the game with 20 points, seven assists, and four rebounds in 31 minutes of action.

Khyle Capanzana, City of London Academy

City of London Academy took a huge scalp and made a statement of intent in their first game back of the EABL campaign, beating reigning champion Barking Abbey 80-75.

The man who performed outstandingly in COLA’s victory over the champions was Khyle Capanzana, whose 24 points were crucial in toppling the defending champions.

Capanzana’s impact on the game extended beyond his scoring prowess. In a crucial moment with just 10 seconds left on the clock and COLA holding a 2-point lead, Khyle Capanzana showcased his defensive prowess by executing a critical steal denying Barking Abbey the opportunity to tie or potentially win the game.

COLA face off against Itchen College next week, the only team in the EABL Southern Conference yet to play a league opener.

Genti Cokaj, Derby Trailblazers

The Derby Trailblazers edged out a close encounter against the Manchester Magic, defeating the Northern outfit 70-72 at the Manchester Basketball Centre.

6ft5 forward Genti Cokaj was the standout man for the Trailblazers in their opening EABL fixture, scoring 20 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Cokaj rose to the occasion by sinking the game-winning shot at the buzzer, sealing the victory for the Derby Trailblazers. This clutch play by Genti added a dramatic finishing touch to a memorable and hard-fought game.

Timothy Oboh, Canterbury Academy

The Canterbury Academy got their season off to a flyer, beating the John Madejski Academy 77-71 in their home opener.

Tim Oboh took the game by the scruff of the neck for the Canterbury Academy, scoring a huge 27 points and hauling down seven rebounds in the victory, earning him the official Basketball England EABL Player of the Week award.

Diego Perez-Tosca, SGS College

Diego Perez-Tosca, whose 34 points for SGS College helped his team become the first team of the season to score over 100 points.

His SGS side beat the Birmingham Rockets 105-94 away in Birmingham, helping them get back to winning ways after a poor finish to last year.

With the loss of EABL top scorer Louie Tucker over the summer, SGS need another talisman to lead their line in scoring this season. Will Perez-Tosca be that guy?

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