Derby College pays visit to Myerscough

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Myerscough looks to avenge its lone loss in the Elite Academy Basketball League when it takes on Derby College to end a three-game homestand on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s meeting will be the front end of a back-to-back, as Myerscough (8-1) travels to winless Allerton less than 24 hours later following the conclusion of its matchup with Derby (5-4).

Last time out

Myerscough recorded a 124-36 victory over Allerton behind 20 points from Callan Low. Sco finished with all 12 players scoring, setting season-high marks in made field goals (52), steals (22), most points in a quarter (37), total points (124), points off turnovers (58) and points off the bench (71).

Derby also picked up a win over Allerton and will be playing its second game in three days. Luke Ptak scored 17 points in an 85-54 victory, as Derby looks to keep pace for a playoff spot.

Last meeting

Myerscough relinquished a double-digit lead in just over two and a half minutes, as Derby came from behind to win 79-76 in overtime. Konrad Kantorski finished with 23 points and Edoardo Del Cadia, who fouled out with 52 seconds left in regulation, added 22 and 20 rebounds.

Leighton Elliott-Sewell had 17 points, including hitting the winning basket, to lead Derby.

What to watch

Defensive intensity

Allerton has had a trying season, but that didn’t stop Myerscough from forcing 38 turnovers. Sco’s bread and butter since the November loss to Derby has been its defence, and that focus will be required to keep hopes of a conference title alive.

Derby’s 79 points remains second highest in points scored against Myerscough behind SGS College, which had 84 in a loss, this season. Sco is holding opponents to just 61.8 points per game, and is outscoring opponents by 14.4-point margin after halftime.

Making it rain

Myerscough is averaging just over nine and half 3-pointers per game and has shot the three-ball at a rate of 37.4 percent. Kantorski leads the team with 30 made threes on the year whilst Mate Okros has hit 10 of his last 17 attempts after starting the season shooting 18.5 percent (5-of-27).

Who to watch

Myerscough: Martell Elly

Since returning from injury, Elly has provided cover at the point guard spot and has contributed 4.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals in four games this season.

Derby College: Leighton Elliott-Sewell

Sewell ranks third in the EABL in scoring and is tenth in rebounding. The Deng Camp prospect is helped by a supporting cast which includes Ptak and Tzion Essel Jaji.

Game notes

Wednesday’s tip-off — the latest of the season — is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Pure Leisure High Performance Centre on the Myerscough College campus.

Allen Gunn is a graduate of the University of Salford with a Masters degree in Journalism.