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#2 Nottingham Academy Wildcats 50 – 54 #3 City of London Academy

Nottingham Academy Wildcats hosted City of London Academy in the Elite Eight, in what proved to be a very tight affair. After nine lead changes the visitors held their nerve, closing out the contest to win 54-50.

A competitive first half saw the home side go into the break with a narrow lead 28-27, after trailing by 6 points after the first quarter. The visiting CoLA took the lead for the final time within the last two minutes of the game when they hit 7 from 8 from the FT line to close out proceedings and erase a three point deficit.

NAW head coach Kenrick Liburd said after the game: “We can be very proud of the progress we have made this season, even if this feels disappointing at the moment.

“Going from one win on the campaign to hosting an elite eight game with pretty much the whole group returning next year is a real positive.

“College of London Academy closed out the game in the manor which you would expect from a team that are well coached and carry them self in the way that they do, we wish them luck in the next round and I am sure they will cause similar problems for their next opponent.”

Emillie Black and Adobi Nebuwa, proved too much for the hosts with 13 and 12 respectively. Nottingham Academy Wildcats were led by newcomer Praise Eghareveba, who finished with 13, to go along with 10 from Maisie Evison.

This is the end of the season for the Wildcats, whereas the victors will now travel to John Madejski Academy to compete for a chance to return to the WEABL final.