- National Teams
Check out the live stream between the top seed from the South, SGS College, and the second highest seed from the South, Preston College, in what is expected to be a high energy game.
The two teams have not met this season, as SGS aim to go one step further than last year where they lost to BA in the EABL Championship Final and end a streak since then that also saw a loss in the AoC Championship Final, and a loss in the U18 National League Final for Bristol Academy Flyers last weekend.
Bristol have the ‘big three’ of Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assist and 2.0 steals), Tamas Okros (16.4ppg, 8.0rpg, and 2.9apg) and Deane Williams (16.4ppg, 12.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, and 1.4bpg), who will provide a huge challenge for Preston, who are in the midst of their best ever season.
“It’s a great occasion as we have the top four U19 sides coming together for what will be a great weekend of basketball action,” said SGS Head Coach Andreas Kapoulas.
“This is our third consecutive final four and both previous times we have reached the final but have not been able to go all the way. Last year it came down to the last shot in what was a great advertisement for EABL and basketball in England. Our team all year has been motivated to return to the Final. Preston are a very talented and well coached side. They have done very well this season and no question they will be a tough opponent.’
Preston have their own big three, with England U18 Kyle Carey averaging 21 points, along with 7.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 3 steals per game, and Cameron King (10.4ppg, 11.2rpg) and Melkisedek Moreaux (20.5ppg, 10.1rpg).
“I think that it’s going to be a good game, SGS are a very good team very well coached, very structured team,” Preston Head Coach Malcolm Leak said.
“I think that they’ve got two good players in Dwayne and Tamas, on this level of basketball they are outstanding players.
“We’ve just got to come in and play our basketball.
“We played them in bath last year and they beat us by 3 points, to me it’s a comeback game, to see have we improved? Have we got better? I’m just waiting for the game, when the chips fall I just want both teams to play their hearts out, and see what we can bring to EABL and the fans here in England.”