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Charnwood College Riders defeat City of London Academy – Southwark to claim their fourth EABL title

Charnwood College Riders 64 – 59 City of London Academy – Southwark

Manchester, England — Despite a late CoLA fightback, Charnwood College Riders were crowned EABL playoff winners at the National Basketball Performance Centre.

Lewis Malcolm led the scoring for the newly crowned champions in a double-double showing, he scored 15 points and grabbed 11 boards.

Lewis Gleason also contributed 14 to Charnwood’s triumph while finals MVP Oscar Curran dished out 10 assists and scored nine points in an efficient performance.

Despite his side’s loss, Khyle Capanzana impressed with a 20 point, 10 rebounds double-double to go with four dimes.

Curran looked up for the cup as he made a tough finish through contact and converted his free throw two minutes in.

Thomas Johnston drained his second three of the quarter to put his side seven points ahead after eight minutes with the Riders looking to get hot from deep.

As the buzzer sounded for the end of the opening quarter, Charnwood led by nine with the score reading 20-11.

Bilal Khan stopped on a dime and made a midrange jump shot to bring his side within four after two and half minutes of the second quarter.

In a huge highlight play, Edward Oniya swatted a shot into the backboard and Charnwood broke with pace as Malcolm threw it down for a 16 point advantage.

With two minutes until half time, the game was brought to a halt as an official noticed a leak in the roof had caused some water build up on the court.

The game continued after a short delay and Gleason kicked us back off with a three pointer.

Emmanuel Adeniyi registered two blocks within the final minute of the half and Mou Wol’s corner three meant that CoLA headed into the interval trailing by 11.

The northern champions increased the distance to 16 as Oniya drew a foul while shooting a three and the big man converted a trio of free throws.

CoLA continued to battle in their first finals appearance as the south’s U17 player of the year Capanzana netted a three with four minutes to go in the third.

Khyle Capanzana shooting a free throw

Soon after, Curran made his second bucket of the game as he stole the ball at half court and converted the fast break two.

The southern champs were up for the fight, as they continued to chip away at their opponent’s lead as Tobi Aina’s bucket cut the deficit to eight with just under six minutes to go.

Another Mou Wol triple brought the London based side within just three points as they eyed an incredible comeback.

However, a Nathaniel Hanson three dampened CoLA’s spirits as Charnwood held a five point lead with 50 seconds remaining.

Despite a fourth quarter fightback, Charnwood College Riders saw out the victory with the score reading 64-59

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