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CoLA Triumphant in Championship Final

City of London Academy secured the 2017 WEABL Championship after overcoming Charnwood College with a 40-31 triumph at the Leicester Arena.

Ire Ozzy-Momodu was named MVP after finishing with eight points, 12 rebounds and two blocks, while Toyosi Abiola had a game-high of 15 points

“It feels great, not that we didn’t expect it,” declared Ozzy-Momodu.

“It was our team goal that we set this season and we’ve achieved it so it feels great.

“We found the energy to bring ourselves back – it started with one person and everyone else followed.”

Khaleah Edwards opened the scoring from beyond the arc and CoLA maintained their advantage throughout the first as they held Charnwood to four points and finished with a 6-0 close.

The roles reversed in the second as Charnwood tightened up on defence and kept their opponents scoreless for over six minutes and tied the game at 14 on a three from Chloe Compton.

CoLA edged ahead by a single point at half-time, but Charnwood moved back in front in the front and had their largest lead at 21-17.

Abiola fired CoLA into an early in the fourth only for Ruchae Walton to respond to make it 28-26.

However, Charnwood endured a scoreless drought and CoLA were able to take control with Ozzy-Momodu coming up with some important scores inside in the midst of a decisive 12-0 run.

Compton fired in a late three, but the eight-minute spell did the damage with CoLA able to celebrat their first WEABL title.

Head Coach, Jackson Gibbons added: “We have a big rivalry with Charnwood and I respect what they did today so much.

“Their girls did themselves proud and it was so difficult.

“It wasn’t the greatest advert for the WEABL, but an ugly win is a win all the same and we’ll take it.

“Our mantra has been nothing is given. They’re a throwback group these girls.

“We’ve come from nothing and now we are something and we’re going to build on it.

“I want them to go off and remember this for the rest of their lives. The unity they’ve had has just been amazing.”

Box score.

Anna Popovic and Chloe Compton had eight points apiece for Charnwood as they finish as runners-up for the second consecutive year.