Elite Basketball Update

WEABL Player of the Week: Noa Sanchez Marques

Noa led John Madejski Academy to a memorable win to earn Player of the Week honours.

The 2001-born guard scored 25 points and also added six assists along with four steals in her side’s 66-56 triumph over City of London Academy.

"This award is very much for all of our team because they were great in the game and helped me to score a lot of my points,” she said. “It is great for us to receive this because we have been working  really hard in all of our training sessions and last week we were able to show  this work and have a great team performance. I’m really happy and  looking forward to our next game, thank you to everyone.”

JMA Head Coach, Blai Benlloch added: “We are all really pleased for Noa and to be the first JMA player to be named the WEABL Player of the Week is great. We were all really happy with last week’s performance against CoLA and Noa did an awesome  job leading the team in scoring and her overall performance and it is credit to  her hard work that she receives this accolade.”

EABL - John Madejski Academy vs Barking Abbey

Barking Abbey (11-0) were made to work hard to keep their unbeaten run in tact by JMA (7-5) but the East Conference league leaders took the 69-76 win behind Theo Hughes’ 25 points to make it 11 wins in a row.

JMA Head Coach, Alan Keane was pleased with his team’s performance against Barking but felt there may have been a missed opportunity to upset the odds today. He said: “It was a really competitive game against one of the top teams in the EABL and it gave us an opportunity to benchmark ourselves and see where we are in terms of competing against one of the best in the country. We were really pleased with our  competitiveness and our ability to compete at that level and indeed have a  chance down the stretch to win the game but a couple of mistakes in key moments  really cost us and meant we could quite pull off the win we were eager  for. As always we will review, reflect and be better but then the focus  moves on to our next game against Itchen which is huge for both teams in terms  of the race for the play-offs and we really can’t wait for that next challenge  after half term.”

For JMA, Adrian once again led with 22 points personal with David scoring 14 and Asher 11.