Myerscough College and University Centre’s basketballers have booked their place in the EABL national championship final for the third time in five years.
Myerscough booked their place after a 75-64 victory over Canterbury and will play Barking Abbey next Thursday at Leicester Arena for the title.
Edoardo Del Cadia scored a game-high 29 points and hit six 3-pointers, Konrad Kantorski added 16 points and Callan Low had 11 for Myerscough. Myerscough used a 13-5 run to start the third quarter to grab a 49-34 lead, growing to as many as 16 points after halftime. Canterbury, however, cut the deficit to nine with under three minutes remaining before Myerscough closed out the game.
Edoardo said: “I had to step up, and when the first shot went in the rest followed. Players want to show that they can perform in big games and I wanted to be in the finals. As a team that’s where we wanted to be.”
Myerscough Head Coach Neal Hopkins said: “Edoardo has had two solid performances back-to-back and today he was the best player on the court. He’s come a long way and is a tough cover inside and out and he proved a handful with the diversity of his game.”
“We’ve gotten here playing our style of basketball and we’ve got to remember that and continue it -- we’ve got a formula that works so if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.
“These guys are winners and have shown that throughout the course of the season. We won the league under tough circumstances and the guys have played with fight and desire.”
“Throughout the season we’ve not lost sight of what our objectives are in the way in which we want to play.’’
Myerscough has reached the finals for first time since 2016 and are now looking to build upon the EABL playoff title won in 2015.
Myerscough went into the end of the season play-offs as top seeds having won the EABL (Elite Academy Basketball League) West Conference, with a record of 11 wins and one defeat in the regular season.
Myerscough have dominated college basketball for the last few years, and have already won silverware this season, picking up their first ever senior national title last month, after they were crowned Men’s National Basketball League National Shield champions.
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by Dave Salmon