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Barking Abbey Lions come up just short as search for first win in WBBL continues

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:56 25 January 2018

Barking Abbey's Theo Hughes in action against Bradford (pic Alex Daniels Photography)

Barking Abbey's Theo Hughes in action against Bradford (pic Alex Daniels Photography)

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Barking Abbey London Lions went close to breaking their duck in the WBBL before losing 69-63 to Oaklands.

The home side were haunted by free throws, as they converted only 13 of 26, and conceded a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter that ended their victory hopes.

Head coach Mark Clark said: “We did at times build upon the improvements from last week. Charlotte Ellmore had another really solid game at point, but you’ve got to give credit to Oaklands.

“We’re disappointed we lost and for the first time this season it’s a genuine disappointment. This was a game we felt we could’ve won.”

Christina Gaskin led Abbey’s scoring with 16 points, as Tereza Brantlova (13) and Ellmore (10) also hit double figures.

Clark added: “Christina had another solid game and must be close to really pushing for a Commonwealth Games spot.”

Abbey host Sevenoaks next Saturday (4pm).

The Division One women went down 82-61 at Reading, after a slow start, as Loren Christie (19), Macy Spinks (10) and Ellmore (10) led the scoring.

Coach Karen Burton said: “I’m disappointed with the first half, we allowed Reading too much freedom. Second half was much better, but it was too late to impact the game.”

Improved Abbey were beaten 51-44 by second-placed Bristol Flyers the following day, after a disastrous third quarter saw them held to just four points.

Dami Adeyinka (13) was the only Abbey player in double figures and Burton added: “Playing back to back is always a difficult ask, especially against two of the better teams in Division One.

“The learning curve is we must concentrate and find ways to score when we go through a dry patch.”

Abbey travel to Lancashire Spinners on Saturday (2pm)

Partner club Kent Crusanders went down 95-86 at Bradford Dragons in Division One, despite 20 points apiece from Tim Shodipo and Dwayne Orija.

Caleb Fuller (18) and Micah Savery-Richards (11) also had double figures and coach Lloyd Gardner said: “We can’t give up in the 90s and expect to win games in this league. That’s something we’ve got to learn and hopefully we’ll be back next week.”

Crusaders (4-9) entertain Derby on Saturday (4pm).

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