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WEABL Playoffs 2021/22 – Final Four preview plus Elite Eight recap

The WEABL regular season is now completed, casting a spotlight on the excitement of the playoffs.

After this past week, four teams were forced to end their playoff dream for another year, cutting the field in half as we head towards to final fours.

We’ve got a preview of next week’s semi-finals, with a pair of exciting match ups now pencilled in.

There’s also a recap of all the action from this past week, and each score is clickable to access the top scorers/box score where available.

Final Four Preview

The Final Fours are scheduled for Wednesday, 23 March. For both games, the higher seed will retain home court advantage.

Copleston’s upset over Charnwood means they’ve earned the opportunity to take a third crack at fellow Southern conference side CoLA.

The Suffolk programme didn’t manage to best their London rivals in either meeting during the regular season, losing 74-45 at home a few weeks ago and 84-50 on the road.

Still, third time could be the charm, and you can never say anything for certain when knockout basketball is involved.

The other tie next week sees another unbeaten side, Nottingham Academy Wildcats, hosting Oaklands College.

The Wolves went 9-3 across the regular season, powered by the talents of Daisy Porter, Miriam Carrasco-Menendez and Kizzy Spence. Nottingham are unbeaten for a reason, however, and on their own court will clearly be favourites.

The WEABL playoff final is on Wednesday 30 March, at Manchester’s National Basketball Performance Centre.

Elite Eight recap

#1 Nottingham Academy Wildcats 75-51 #4 Barking Abbey

Nottingham added another win to their perfect season as they beat Barking 75-51.

Former Player of the Week Praise Egharevba once again showed her quality as the German national dropped a game-high 32 points, with Maisie Evison (13pts) and Mariam Olawoyin (11pts) both contributing.

Fatmata Janneh (31pts) did her bit to try and keep BA in the game, but no other scorer made it to double-digits as the former winners were forced to bow out for this year.

#2 Charnwood College Riders 80-88 #3 Copleston High School

The only upset of the Elite Eights saw Copleston top Charnwood 88-80.

Despite being on the road, the Suffolk programme brought their A-game to beat the North’s #2 side, with Liv Forster’s 36 points a clear standout.

Former Sheffield Hatter Alice Fallon added 20 more, with Saruna Gudza rounding out the scoring, she had 14.

Sobiah Harry led the way for Riders in their final game of the season, she had 19 points, with Erin Powell and Kate Davies closing on 15 apiece.

#2 Oaklands College 75-72 #3 The Sheffield College

Oaklands survived a close call against Sheffield, eventually edging ahead to a 75-72 victory.

A sluggish start from the visitors left them with a 30-12 deficit after the opening quarter, a trend that continued as Oaklands built a 51-26 advantage by half time.

Sheffield would roar back after the break, taking the third 27-11 to set up a thrilling finish as the South’s #2 seeds eventually held on.

Miriam Carrasco-Menendez (20pts), Kizzy Spence (18pts) and Daisy Porter (17pts) all played well for the hosts, with Jasmine Graham top scoring for Sheffield on 25 points.

#1 City of London Academy 20-0 #3 Derby College Trailblazers

Derby were unable to fulfil their game with CoLA due to COVID reasons, forfeiting the game 20-0.