Myerscough sweeps opening two games at EYBL Stage II

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RIGA, Latvia – Myerscough opened Stage II of the European Youth Basketball League season with a pair of wins on Friday in Riga.

Franklin Agu amassed 28 points in the opening two games and matched a season-high with 15 points in the 69-47 Game 1 win over Sandvika BBK (2-5). Agu has scored in double-figures in three-straight games dating back to Stage I.

Myerscough (6-1), whose largest deficit of the game was one point, pushed its advantage into double-digits with a 6-0 run to take a 29-17 lead. Sandvika got within nine after halftime, but no closer. Lewis McGlasson and Ridley Shema went back-to-back from 3-point range to spark a 9-0 burst with under five minutes remaining.

The bench came up huge — led by Agu. Bradley Kaboza chipped in 10 points and Shema added 10 on his EYBL debut, going 3-for-4 from the field with a pair of threes in five minutes.

Myerscough shot 47.5 percent from the field and hit all six of its 3-pointers after halftime having gone 0-for-7 to start the game. Sco outmuscled Sandvika 46-26 in the paint and 21-4 on points off turnovers.

Great Osobor, who made his first two starts, then helped Myerscough fight back for a 54-41 victory over BC Liepaja (2-4) to extend the team’s winning streak to four games. Osobor hit 8-of-11 shots on his way to a game-high 18 points and Agu added 13.

BC Liepaja led by as many as seven points, which was erased by a 9-2 Myerscough run. A 12-2 stretch that spanned either side of the break vaulted Sco into a 35-26 lead, with points coming off three straight Liepaja turnovers.

Myerscough again dominated the paint, outscoring Liepaja 42-16. Sco hauled in 18 offensive rebounds — second most this season — and scored 14 second chance points.

Amari Williams added nine points and six rebounds, including four offensive boards. The forward averaged 9.0 points and 3.5 rebounds through the opening two games.

Mykyta Rozdobudko and Valters Vucins each had 10 points for Liepaja in the loss. Myerscough held all of Sandvika under double-figures scoring to open the stage.

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