Myerscough treks to SGS College Wednesday

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Myerscough makes the 386-mile round trip to South Gloucestershire & Stroud College on Wednesday afternoon in the Elite Academy Basketball League, with a chance to sweep the season series.

Myerscough is 5-1 against SGS College in the EABL regular season and playoffs — the lone defeat came during the 2013-14 playoffs in the first-ever meeting between the two academies. Myerscough has averaged 83 points per game in its five wins whilst relinquishing just 62.8 points per game.

Last time out

It was a slog of a victory when Myerscough (5-1) pushed past Loreto College midway through the second half in a 73-60 win last Wednesday. Konrad Kantorski had his third consecutive 20-point game turning in a game-high 25 points, including hitting six triples.

SGS College (3-5) suffered a 94-63 road defeat to James Watt College on Wednesday, as Daniel Penkov exploded for 35 points for the hosts. AJ Edu continued his successful season finishing with 24 points and 20 rebounds in the loss.

Last meeting

Myerscough overcame 30 points from Edu and won 102-84 at the High Performance Centre. Sco had 27 points off 16 SGS College turnovers, which is a season-best. Edoardo Del Cadia finished with 26 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including 5-of-5 from deep.

What to watch

Defensive intensity

Myerscough is forcing opponents into 20.8 turnovers per game, which they have converted into an average of 21 points through six contests. Rayon Brown’s return has provided a much needed spark at the defensive end, with a team leading 3.8 steals per game — the team, meanwhile, is averaging 12.8.

40 minutes

Despite being in the hunt for a West Conference regular season title, Myerscough coach Neal Hopkins believes his team has yet to produce a full 40-minute game. Myerscough has a plus 3.5 rebounding and 4.8 turnover margin, but has let opponents hang around.

Who to watch

Myerscough: Mate Okros

Mate Okros has scored in double-figures in every game this season, and set a season-high in the competition of 15 points the last time Myerscough played SGS College.

“I’ve been gaining more and more confidence recently through the trust of my coaches and teammates, which has elevated my game — that can only lead to better success,” said Okros.

SGS College: AJ Edu

Edu currently leads the EABL in scoring just ahead of Myerscough’s Edoardo Del Cadia. He finished with 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting to go along with 15 rebounds in the first meeting this season, which was won by Myerscough.

Game Notes

Tip is set for 3:45 p.m. at the SGS College WISE Campus.

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