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WEABL Final – CoLA win record third title!

WEABL Final – Nottingham Academy Wildcats 49-71 City of London Academy

City of London Academy sealed a record third WEABL title as they beat Nottingham 71-49.

The Southern conference winners finished the season without a loss to their name as they ran out to an comfortable victory behind some tough defence and an MVP performance from Emilie Black.

The CoLA guard went 3-4 from range and 9-11 shooting overall for 21 points to go with four rebounds and four assists.

CoLA put together a great team performance with Isi Ozzy-Momodu (15pts, 11reb) and Molly Lavin (6pts, 12reb, 7ast) both excelling as the hosts slowly pulled out of sight.

WEABL regular-season scoring leader Praise Egharevba came into the final with the potential to help the Wildcats claim their first title, but the German national picked up two fouls in the opening three-and-a-half minutes before spending large periods of the first half on the bench.

That foul trouble would persist throughout and without their star forward, CoLA’s size and depth proved too much. Leading 44-27 at the half, 34 of the London programme’s points had come in the paint as they also led the rebounding battle 31-15.

Egharevba re-emerged in the fourth quarter and finished the game with a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double, and her eventual +/- of +6 in the 22-point loss gave a glimpse as to what could have been for the Midlands’ programme.

Victory in Manchester was CoLA’s third overall, adding this title to the ones they won in 2016/17 and 2019/20, moving them past Barking as the most decorated team in the league’s history.

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