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Academy Duo win Player of the Week Awards

Academy pair Esther Little and Jacob Morgan have won respective Player of the Week Awards for the two Elite Academy Basketball Leagues (WEABL and EABL).

Copleston High School’s Jacob Morgan receives the Week 20 EABL Player of the Week award after exploding for 31 points against Alec Reed Academy, to go along with 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals (+32 efficiency). The 6’0 combo guard hit 4 three’s in the third quarter on his way to a huge 18 points in the period, to give his Suffolk side the edge in a 97-91 victory and rounding off their EABL season in style. Despite missing out on the EABL ‘Elite 8’ Playoffs, the win solidifies their 5th place finish in the Southern Conference as they finish with a 10-8 record.

The Copleston guard commented on his performance saying, “I’m really pleased with my performance as it feels like all the hard work I’ve put It has paid off. It’s been a big step up from last season, but my confidence has grown as the year has gone on, and my teammates have really helped put me in a position succeed. This game was no different and I’m pleased we could end this season on a well deserved team victory.”

Head Coach Nick Drane added, “This is a fantastic achievement for Jacob. It’s a reflection on how hard he has worked all year – to go from looking out of his depth at this level at the start of the season to winning National Player of the Week is some achievement. He deserves all the credit in the world for this!”

Copleston High School’s Esther Little receives her fourth WEABL Player of the Week award after dropping a huge 31 points to give her side the close victory over Itchen College in week 17.

Esther last picked up the award in Week 13 when she stuffed the stats sheet against John Madejski Academy with 19 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals.

The 6’1 guard has had an impressive season thus far, particularly on the offensive end, and continued her display of dominance last week as she dropped 25 of her 31 points in the second half alone to help seal the deal for Copleston, who now sit at the top of the Southern Conference with a 7-1 record.

Esther commented on her performance saying, “I appreciate this award, the game wasn’t what we expected but I think we adapted well as a team and people stepped up in the 2nd half. Ella deserves recognition for this game, she had her best game of the season getting a big double-double. Moving forward we know we need to be a lot better as we are preparing for possibly the biggest game of the season next Tuesday.”

Coach Nick Drane commented on Esther’s performance saying, “Esther is having a fantastic season in her first year in the WEABL, leading the team in so many ways. She has now won this award 4 times this season, which is fantastic, but it’s going to take a total team effort for us to achieve our goals this season."

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