ABL Playoffs 2021/22 – Final Four preview plus Elite Eight recap

The road to the 2021/22 ABL Playoff final began just over a week ago with sixteen hopefuls embarking on their post season journey.

That field was reduced to eight ahead of this week, and following the latest round of games we now have our final four teams that are ready to battle it out for a spot in the ABL Playoff final at the end of the month.

We’ve got a preview of next week’s semi-finals, with two games that should provide plenty of action.

There’s also a recap from this past week and the four games that made up the elite eights.

Final Four Preview

The Final Fours are scheduled for Wednesday, 23 March. For both games, the higher seed will retain home court advantage.

Former winners Haringey have been in cruise control so far, with a pair of 26 point wins.

They take on Northolt High School, with the #4 seeds taking the Western Conference with a 15-1 record before victories over Sigma 6 and HTS Storm.

Like Haringey, Dagenham Park are also continuing their perfect season, tacking a pair of playoff victories onto their 14-0 Eastern conference record.

The East London programme will host the 2019/20 co-champions New City College, who have so far beaten Stoke-on-Trent College and Aston Manor Academy.

The ABL playoff final is on Wednesday 30 March, at Manchester’s National Basketball Performance Centre.

Elite Eight recap

Haringey came through their tie with St Charles College 74-48, thanks in part to a commanding 25-7 opening quarter that set up the big win in a rematch of the 2019 ABL Final.

Haringey were able to avenge that 107-90 loss from three years ago, with Eligijus Kristutis dropping 16 points that included 4 triples.

Northolt High School came through a physical tie with HTS Storm, securing a 75-55 win, whilst on the other side of the bracket Dagenham Park had no issues dispatching Bracknell & Wokingham College with a final score of 98-65.

Brandon Tchouya came up big with an impressive 28 points in that one, as team mate Joshua Smith White added 20 more.

Finally, New City College kept their post-season hopes alive with a low-scoring victory against Aston Manor Academy, winning 63-49.