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Check out the live stream from the first semi-final of the EABL Final Fours as Myerscough College take on Charnwood College.
Number one seed from the North, Myerscough College, ride into the Final Four on a high after a 73-71 win over defending champions Barking Abbey in the Elite Eight last week.
After dominating Moulton in their playoff opener, Myerscough escaped a tough BA side to set up a meeting with third seed from the North, Charnwood College.
“We are really excited to be taking part in the EABL final fours,” said Neal Hopkins, who heads up a balanced Myerscough side with seven players who average more than 9 points, led by Montel Dennnis’ 15 a game.
“The guys have worked incredibly hard this year and I think this is just reward – we know Charnwood is going to be a tough game, they have some key pieces and depth, we will have to be at our best to beat them – it’s important that my guys are focused and don’t get flustered by the occasion if we have the right mind set we have a good chance of advancing the the final.”
Charnwood also routed their playoff opener, cruising past Loreto, before getting a seven point win over Itchen in the Elite Eight – the only lower seed to win in the playoffs so far.
The only time these two teams met in the EABL regular season, Myerscough got a 20 point victory, 82-62, and are aware they are underdogs going into the game.
“Myerscough are understandably favourites heading in to the game after the season that they have had,” said Charnwood Head Coach Josh Merrington.
“They are a well-coached team who are extremely deep and can hurt you in a variety of ways, with different guys stepping up on different nights. I’m really happy with how we have played in our first two playoff games, and it’s great to see the team continue to improve at this late stage of the season.
“We know we’ll need to play better than we have in our previous two games against them, especially on the defensive end. This is a confident group and we’re in a nice rhythm at the moment, I have no doubt they’ll give everything they have on Friday night.”
UTEP signing Josh McSwiggan is leading Charnwood, averaging 20.5ppg in the playoffs, complemented by Hafeez Abdul’s 18 a game.