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

The WEABL field is now down to just two, with Nottingham Academy Wildcats and City of London Pride both continuing unbeaten seasons to reach this year’s final.

We’ve got a preview of the final and a recap of all the action from the final fours.

Final Preview

The WEABL Final will take place at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester on 30 March – with Nottingham and CoLA going head to head.

It’s the first meeting between the two teams since the Elite Eight stage of the 2019/20 playoffs, with the 2020/21 season eventually lost to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CoLA, as the #3 seeds from the South, prevailed that day 54-50, upsetting the Wildcats as #2 seeds from the North.

That’ll no doubt add a little extra spice to what already promises to be a thrilling contest between two teams who know what it takes to win.

Nottingham finished the regular season 8-0, whilst CoLA were 12-0 in the South. Only one team can carry their unbeaten streak to a WEABL title, though.

Final Four recap

#1 Nottingham Academy Wildcats 63-55 #2 Oaklands College

Nottingham used home court advantage to see off Oaklands, coming out on top 63-55.

Building a double digit lead early after a 20-10 opening frame, Nottingham pushed on throughout the first half. Their advantage would sit at 37-25 come the main change and although the visitors mounted a late charge, it wouldn’t be enough.

Maisie Evison top scored for the hosts with 15 points, with Mariam Olawoyin (14pts) and Praise Egharevba (13pts) both playing well.

Daisy Porter’s 18 points were a game-high but couldn’t prevent Oaklands’ dreams of a maiden WEABL title from being dashed.

Miriam Carrasco-Menendez (16pts) and Jocie Leavold (10pts) rounded out the top three scorers.

#1 City of London Academy 71-41 #3 Copleston High School

City of London Academy punched their ticket to Manchester in style, beating Southern conference rivals Copleston 71-41.

In a repeat of what would have been the 2019/20 WEABL playoff final, had the season not concluded prematurely, the London side once again used their defensive might to run out comfortable winners.

CoLA shared the load offensively as Molly Lavin (11pts), Violet Stutz and Emily O’Connell (8pts apiece) all contributed.

Olivia Forster was the standout for the visitors, but her impressive 27 points wouldn’t be enough.

CoLA can now take a shot at winning their first outright WEABL playoff title since 2016/17, when they beat Charnwood 40-31 in the final.

Main image credit – Nottingham Academy Wildcats