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Basketball: BA London Lions beaten by Caledonia Pride in WBBL

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 December 2017

BA London Lions head coach Mark Clark (pic: Barking Abbey Academy)

BA London Lions head coach Mark Clark (pic: Barking Abbey Academy)

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BA London Lions were unable to pick up their first victory of the Women’s British Basketball League season after suffering a 74-60 loss at home to Caledonia Pride.

A powerful third quarter from Pride made the difference as Lions were outscored 24-11.

The return of Zoe Willis, who top scored with 18 points for the hosts, along with Cassidy Glenn, who notched 13 points, would not be enough to end the losing streak.

Frustrations for Abbey boiled over with the ejection of head coach Mark Clark following his second technical foul.

“I was very frustrated with the performance and very frustrated that inconsistent officiating frustrated me to the extent that I ended up being ejected,” a frustrated Clark said after the game.

Barking Abbey partner club Kent Crusaders fell to their fourth straight defeat in National Division One, going down 78-60 at Team Newcastle.

• The hosts pounced on Crusdaers early, taking a 27-10 first quarter lead that left the away team on the back foot and chasing from behind the rest of the way.

“Frustratingly again, it was a poor start that cost us,” said head coach Lloyd Gardner.

• BA London Lions II were unable to upset National Division One leaders Loughborough Student Riders, losing 63-58 at home.

Lions pushed Riders all the way, trailing by just eight points at halftime and then mounting a fourth-quarter comeback, but it would be too little, too late.

Loren Christie had her best game of the season with a 25-point outing, whilst Dami Adeyinka scored 15 and Zoe Willis added six points

“It was a good game against a well organised team and I was happy with the performance for the most part,” said head coach Karen Burton.

• Barking Abbey suffered a second-half collapse as they were beaten 75-69 by Kent Crusaders II in National Division Four South East.

Abbey knocked down five three-pointers in the opening period and led by as many as 19 in the first half.

However, a big second half comeback from the home side saw them catch fire from beyond the arc in the fourth to take control of the contest.

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