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PREVIEW: City of London Academy face Charnwood College in WEABL Finals!


The stage is set for the WEABL Finals this week as City of London Academy face Charnwood College at Essex Sport Arena on Wednesday April 3. Lets take a look at the two teams ahead of their championship game to see who’s got what it takes to be crowned this year’s WEABL Champions!


City of London Academy vs Charnwood College


In the championship game of the 2018-2019 WEABL season, the Charnwood College Riders face City of London Academy at the Essex Sport Arena on Wednesday, In a rematch of the 2016-2017 WEABL Finals which saw the Riders fall to CoLA 40-31.

The 10-2 CoLA enter the Finals after defeating JMA in Game 2 of the WEABL Semi-Finals last week. The game was the third meeting of the season between the two sides, however the result this time was a different outcome. Despite CoLA starting the game string with a 7-0 run, the first half was a nip and tuck affair, as despite both teams playing some good basketball in spells and costly turnovers for both sides and foul trouble kept the game at a slow pace. JMA came out in the second half with a point to prove, putting Coach of the Year Jackson Gibbons’ side under pressure with their ball movement and continuous drives to the basket, which forced CoLA to pick up fouls in quick succession and gave JMA an opportunity to close the gap to 13 points going into the final period. The fourth quarter was then a roller coaster ride, with JMA mounting a comeback to get the lead all the way down to just three points at one stage. Maya Hyacienth and Adaobi Nebuwa  then stepped up to make some big plays in the last two minutes and sealed the game from the free throw line with the final score ending 63-54 to CoLA.

The London-based academy face the Charnwood College Riders on Wednesday, who enter this years WEABL Finals undefeated after taking down Copleston 63-30 in the Final 4’s last week. Both teams went back and forth throughout the first half, whilst some good shooting from Niamh Kelshaw and 10 points from WEABL MVP Holly Winterburn saw Charnwood go into the half time with a 7-point lead. The impressive shooting continued ion the second half from Kelshaw and Winterburn, as Charnwood increased the gap whilst Lucy Threlfall and Hannah Dawson also added to the scoreboard. Copleston struggled to score in the second and battled hard throughout, however, the 34-8 second half performance led to coach Nick Drane’s side being knocked out of this years playoffs. For Charnwood, this is now their 4th consecutive return to the WEABL Finals, where they will face CoLA on Wednesday in a repeat of the 2016-2017 Finals. After falling to Barking Abbey in last years championship game, coach Krumesh Patel and the Riders will no doubt be hungry to get their hands on some silverware this time around.